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
- 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 stayed for 4 nights. Our room was ready when we arrive from an oversea flight, 9:00am. We were given an handicap room, extremely small room, court yard window. No counter space in bathroom and limited also in closet. For travellers like us, gone for more then 2 weeks with 4 luggages, very small. The next day we ask to change room and they accommodated us for the next day. Room #407. Sure was appreciated, we were on the top floor and had a window opening to the square. The room was a bit bigger but not much more closet or counter space but more floor space.
Rooms are well equipped and shower as lots of pressure and hot water. AC works extremely well. We didnt take the bfast package however had breakfast there on our last morning and it was good and convenient since we wanted to leave early (open at 6:30 am).
We needed a parking for our last night, it is located next to the hotel on the street, reserve for guest. You must reserve in advance since they only have 2 spots available. It is 20 euros. Worth it to be just next door with luggages to pull around cobble stones streets. Plus if you dont register and give your licence plate you may be towed away. It is a restricted location.
On front of the hotel there is 3 différents restaurants. Tried 2 and both good. The one across does not belong to the hotel, they are well organise to satisfy travellers from overseas and are open even between 16:00 and 20:00. Worth a visit in the park "Parque Del Retiro", like a Central park in New York.
You must try they pool area. It is in te basement, however worth the visit. It is a spa, with rain showers (illuminated with different colors) and a sauna, pool is a warm spa with jets. It is so relaxing after a day visiting.
Gym, small, if you walk all over town no need to get on the treadmill.
For the location, attention of the staff, pool/spa would we recommend this hotel? Yes absolutely!
Close enough from all the attractions and far enough from the noice and tourist trap.
We stayed in an upholstered room very worn with a dusty smell that my daughter and wife couldn't stand. Bed was very bad and not comfortable at all.
Good location nearby El Prado is the only advantage I could appreciate.
Service at the reception was elusive and not very friendly and didn't seem to care too much about the dusty smell trouble when I reported it. However, I must say that the staff doing the checkout the next day was more responsive and tried to assist to some extent but too late...
I wouldn't recommend this hotel for allergic to dust mite...
What ever you do, don't get an interior room if you don't like confined spaces. We upgraded for $40 per night and got a better room with a nice window and balcony. (This upgrade included breakfast which was $23 euro per person so the math worked. We really liked the pool and steam bath, the bed was very comfortable, nice towels, great shower and right in the middle of lots of action... If I ever go back to Madrid, I would stay again..
The hotel rooms are somewhat small but clean and functional. Breakfast was fine. Fantastic location right next to Prado museum. Stayed for a night for business - no complaints. Good location for a leisure visit but rooms could be bigger.
Excellently located hotel with a short walk to Gran Via . The hop on hop off bus stop just across the street for tourists .Good business rooms with a street view . Reasonably good breakfast . Don’t go for the standard rooms !!