URSO Hotel & Spa
What We Love
- Glam revamp of a neoclassical palace
- The spa has a conversation-piece swimming pool and a hammam steam room
- The airy design and lighting in the Urso Bar make it gleam like a jewel box
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Located between Madrid's hip Malasaña and Chueca neighborhoods, a short stroll from the boutique-lined Calle Fuencarral
- Breakfast is served in a beautiful conservatory room
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Between the hip neighborhoods of Malasaña and Chueca, this 78-room boutique sleep occupies a neoclassical palace and is both lavish and approachable, thanks to architect Antonio Obrador’s deft touch. Many of the original features have been preserved, including a mahogany elevator and stunning stained glass windows. The hardwood-floored guestrooms are decked out in a soothing palette of soft gray, green and cream and are styled with chic accents like historic black-and-white prints of Madrid. The lobby sports ingeniously designed freestanding bookshelves with Japanese-print side panels, and there’s an open-riser staircase that leads to a leafy conservatory and floods the room with a golden glow. The subterranean spa is by award-winning Natura Bisse and features a conversation-piece swimming pool, a hammam steam room and treatments using such ingredients as diamond dust. Look for newly announced chefs and concepts for the seasonal pop-up restaurant, the Table, or tuck into tapas, salads and carpaccio dishes made with ingredients from the nearby Mercado de Barceló at Urso Bar, which also offers a comprehensive wine and champagne list.
In the Area
Borrow a couple of the hotel’s guest bicycles and explore this storied city on two wheels. Start with the bourgeois charm of the Alonso Martínez barrio; here you’ll find boutiques like Oliphant, a whitewashed atelier selling pretty dresses, hip denim and accessories, and fab design emporiums like Madrid in Love, where you’ll find everything from covetable furniture one-offs to sushi under the same roof. If jamon and champagne are your preferred ingredients for a perfect night out, you’ll love Bocadillo de Jamón y Champán, which, as the name suggests, specializes in top-shelf bubbles and Spain’s famous ham. Alternatively, you can head to Mama Framboise, a cult café and bakery that has the shabby-chic vibe down pat. For a taste of Madrid’s famously late nightlife, groove down to jazz club El Junco, which serves the neighborhood’s music-loving cool cats until dawn.
How to Get There
Fabulous hotel in a great location. Close to wonderful restaurants and beautiful boutiques. Rooms are a tad small but it’s bright and bed is super comfortable. Breakfast is fantastic with plenty of selections.
Beautiful healthy but tasty food (the truffle poached eggs for breakfast are a dream), historic style (cage elevator still maintained and usable, but a modern quick one available as well), gorgeous large rooms and spectacular generous terrace (we were on the fourth floor). Boutique feel with quiet elegance, yet no corners cut on service. Great location, close enough to all major sights and amenities, but just far enough from the beaten track to be special. Spa services a bit too pricey, same with minor food service items (believe I paid roughly $25 just for tea in the lobby!) My only reason for not giving 5 stars is the staff gave the absolute worst restaurant recommendations - vastly overrated and overpriced tourist traps with horrendous food -- we wonder if there were fees to staff for the referrals?
This is a great hotel in a great location in Madrid. Comfortable rooms and nice "European" bathrooms. The service was superb! The front-desk staff was very knowledgeable and helpful with restaurant recommendations and reservations. And everyone spoke excellent English. Even went out of their way to get us tickets to the sold-out bullfight.
Definitely worth the room rate.
My son arrived at 6.30 am and they were able to accommodate his very early check-in, this is very rare at any hotel in the world and much appreciated.
I was able to verify exceptional service in several other instances: express clothes pressing at 10pm, morning cappuccino regularly arrived no more than 10 minutes at most after requesting it and receptions immediately providing multi-page color printing upon demand. World class.
Installations are also perfect, be it the lavish bedrooms, well-equipped gym, cool lobby bar or beautiful green house breakfast room.
My husband and I spent 6 nights at URSO and felt very pampered. The staff was exceptionally friendly, the Continental Breakfast each morning was delicious, the room was quiet (we had a Junior Suite with a small balcony) and spacious with modern bath, mini bar, safe etc... and we loved the area - away from the hustle bustle of the city center but within an easy walk or cab ride to wherever we wanted to go. And the Spa was fantastic - we went down to the steam room almost every afternoon as well as the wonderful spa pool which features lots of different jacuzzi, whirlpool features. What a wonderful way to transition between walking/sight-seeing all day and then getting ready for cocktails/dinner. We would definitely stay here again and highly recommend it.