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
Coming from the airport I suggest you take the bus (5eur) which stops just 400m from the hotel. The hotel is really nice, feels like a boutique hotel. It has got a fitness area. The bar was empty, dont think they make too much pr about it.. the breakfast was great. Around the hotel you find lots of places to eat and drink. Can really recommend the hotel.
I stayed at the Radisson Blu--and paid its high price--because it was near the Prado and I was on foot. I thought it would be fine to spend a little money and have a first-class stay. Well, I spent the money, and here's what I got:
-- The single chair in the room, a heavily upholstered thing, had a broken back. It was somehow attached and the chair didn't fall apart, but it was not possible to lean back in the chair. This was great for the several hours of computer work I had to do.
-- The complicated coffee machine has no instructions. Therefore no morning coffee.
-- One of the lights had no switch I could fine. Had to unplug it.
-- The shower head wobbled and wouldn't stay where it was positioned. I crouched down under it to wash.
-- The air conditioner didn't work at all. I set it on 16 (60 F) degrees when I arrived at 6 p.m., and was too hot all night.
If this is what you get for 150 Euros at a Radisson, I'm glad I discovered it so I won't waste any more money.
I booked this hotel after reading reviews and seeing pictures but the hotel is nothing like the pictures. The rooms are tiny with no ventilation or windows. The air conditioning is controlled by the reception and the whole hotel has the same temperature. So if you are hot you have no option to change the temperature in the room. The bathroom is depressing with grey cemented flooring with no exhaust. I was reminded of an army dorm staying at this place. We paid top dollar for the room and felt like we were staying in a dump.
The only good thing is the location. It is close to many restaurants. Save yourself the money and torture and book something else.
The staff at this hotel were very helpful.The lift was slightly hit and miss.The breakfast was adequate though the bacon ran out and needed to be requested .Cooked eggs/omlette were on request as well.Coffee was good.
The room was booked through Booking .com and was comfortable but on the very small size but we did pay a lot less than some of our friends staying there.Our room faced inwards toward other rooms rather than out toward the city.May have been quieter because of this.
This small property tucked on a side plaza is steps from the Prado. It has a modest reception area, but the rooms are well appointed and large and it is an easy walk to all the major sites in central Madrid. The spa is not much to write about...the pool is a plunge pool and the gym has just a couple of bikes. Room service was prompt and good; breakfast was excellent. Good value. Ask for a room on the side on a high floor for most quiet rooms