Radisson Blu Hotel, Madrid Prado
What We Love
- Access to the spa is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Serenity amid Madrid’s Barrio de Las Letras, a bustling quarter filled with museums, art galleries, theaters and concert halls
- The basement pool is open until 10:30 p.m.?
- One-minute walk to the Prado, 10 minutes to almost everything else in the city
- Wall-size photos of iconic buildings from Madrid’s famous Gran Via?
What To Know
- Daily breakfast, newspapers and local calls are included in Business Rooms and Suites only
- Interior rooms lack views, but they are blissfully quiet?
- Surrounded by cultural and tourist sites, the hotel is also surprisingly close to the Castellana business district?
- Easy access to Retiro Park, Madrid’s “green lung”?
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In a discreet neoclassical building on tree-lined Paseo del Prado, the 54-room Radisson Blu has a sleek design that’s as easy on the eyes as it is on the wallet. Styled by Spain’s acclaimed interior designers Sandra Tarruella and Isabel Lopez (the creative force behind many a trendy Madrid restaurant), the look is refined modernity. Furniture is minimalist; the glass-roofed Cask Whiskey Bar has black panels and tables that glow. In homage to its location, the museum-filled Golden Triangle, the hotel is peppered with contemporary artworks throughout.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms are in a restrained palette of grays and wood tones with splashes of wine-colored accents in the specially curated fabrics and furnishings. Some walls are white, while others are filled with full-size black-and-white photos of the exuberant Belle Epoque architecture on nearby Gran Via. For business travelers, and anyone staying more than a night or two, the rooms are spacious enough to work in and have lots of handy outlets and free WiFi. Bathrooms are polished, with powerful rain showers lined with Anne Semonin bath products.
Breakfast is served in the hotel’s Cask restaurant, where local delicacies such as jamon iberico and manchego cheese share the buffet with fresh fruit juices and muesli. Fuel up early in anticipation of a full day of exploring the city. Later on, soothe city-worn muscles by taking a dip in the well-lit basement pool, indulging in a massage at the spa or stretching out at the gym. Sip a cocktail at the Cask Bar and Lounge or work your way through the impressive menu of 20 malt whiskies at the Cask Whiskey Bar.
In the Area
For late night entertainment, head to one of the live music boîtes along Calle Echegaray or Calle Huertas for some jazz or flamenco to go with your gin-and-tonic. On Sundays and holidays the Rastro, Madrid’s sprawling flea market, is just minutes away, and it provides a perfect segue into a rioja-soaked lunch in trendy La Latina followed by a siesta back at the hotel. More active types can finish off the weekend — or the workday — with a jog (or just a stroll and an ice cream) in Madrid’s green lung, Retiro Park, or by pottering around the sprawling gardens of the Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid. Art lovers will be in seventh heaven at the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums right on the doorstep.
How to Get There
We have chosen this hotel because of location and brand. First is perfect - 5 min walking to Prado museum and main square. But Radisson blu was disappointing. In our double room sockets were not working, Wi-fi is slow. Rooms are small. Anyway personnel is friendly and ready to help.
Great location, near metro and train stations, museums and the central shopping district.
The hotel is beautifully designed to fit into an old building so it has its appealing quirks.
Beware using your mobile phone in some of the streets as it can attract unwarranted attention.
I stayed here for three nights on business - room 403. The location is central to Madrid, and an easy walk to several tourist destinations.
The hotel had a friendly staff (both front desk and breakfast), the building had a lot of old character, but the rooms were also updated and modern. Free WiFi worked for work and streaming.
My single room had great A/C, a nice firm mattress, a TV with several options in English, and a safe, coffee maker and mini fridge. The bathroom was rather large, with a nice shower.
I’ve recently stayed at several other Radisson’s and this one has been the best yet!