What We Love
- Floor-to-ceiling views in all guestrooms
- A grand, imposing façade and sleek interiors
- The location on Plaza Santa Ana, one of Madrid's most famous squares
- The buzzy rooftop bar
What To Know
- There’s a private elevator on Plaza Santa Ana that shoots up to the rooftop bar
- Some rooms have a split-level balcony and loungers
- Free WiFi
- There's no gym or spa but discounts are available at the Club Metropolitan next door
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
On the site of the former palace of the Counts of Teba, this grand heritage hotel was designed by modernist architect Jesús Carrasco y Encina and first opened its doors as the Gran Hotel Reina Victoria in 1923. Since then everyone from Ernest Hemingway to Ava Gardner, and a stream of famous Spanish bullfighters, has strolled through its doors. Behind the historic façade, the ME Madrid is sleek and minimalist, especially in the guestrooms, where you’ll find Scando-style woods, royal purple “maxibars” (fully loaded minibars) and hot pink strip lighting. The luxe bathrooms have hydromassage showers and organic Apivita amenities. For extra space check into one of the suites; they’re equipped with two maxibars, and several come with a terrace. The Ana La Santa restaurant dishes up innovative Spanish cuisine and tapas in a space designed by Barcelona native Tomás Tarruella, and the rooftop terrace is home to a see-and-be-seen bar that overlooks Madrid’s cityscape.
In the Area
There’s not much that isn’t in the area, such is the hotel’s super-central location. For an art fix, check out the Prado, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, which features works by Joan Miró and Juan Gris. For a change of pace head to the Hammam al Andalus Madrid, a candlelit den of hot Arabian baths built atop a century-old well in the Almudena neighborhood. If you’ve come to Spain to eat your bodyweight in tapas, make a beeline for Mercado de San Miguel; it’s full of counters piled high with olives, breads and Spanish hams, and you often get a glass of wine thrown in gratis. Don’t miss the burrata stall.
How to Get There
Went to Madrid for a wedding and fell in love with ME. This is a super cool (maybe hipster) hotel in the middle of the museum district. A 5 minute walk from the Prado, Sophie and Thyssian. Cafés, bars and bars steps away.
The room was modern, clean and appeared recently updated. The terrace bar on the roof is one of the places to see and be seen. The staff was A++.
I’m old and not cool but I felt at home in this fun spot! I’ll definitely stay here again!
Excellent experience , nice professional staff, pro active, anticipating about what we needed, super location, great beds, rooms could use some maintenance, but in general well designed, a pity I only found the premium stereo when we lwft the room...
My travel agent warned me that I might think the ME was a little too high fashion, but she assured me I'd love the location. All true. We were only in Madrid for three days (two nights) after a week in San Sebastian, but in those three days we used the hotel as a central staging area and walked to the Prado, the Plaza Mayor, several restaurants, the Corte Ingles, and the Centro Cultural de Flamenco. The hotel is close enough to all of those locations that we walked back each day for afternoon siestas. The great stuff: location, built-in adapters in the wall, A/C that works wonderfully, a great breakfast in a lovely patio, an awesome shower, and a highly professional staff. The not so great stuff: the large portraits behind the reception desk are very off putting, and the hotel can get a little noisy although I was impressed with the sound proofing. Would stay there again.