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
Great hotel but somewhat pricey ( not sure about the value for money) but i can confirm it was convenient to two metro stations and the staffs are cordial ( not overly friendly).
Room was larger than the norm and beautiful, closets ample and the bed was super comfy. Nespresso coffee machine in the room with enough coffee during our stay. Bath towels and robes were thick but not soft. Lots of bathroom amenities. Would i stay here again? Yes, if the price was right.
I heard about this spa hotel through a family member who recommended it. It is well located in Madrid and the staff are really nice but this was our first hotel after an international flight and there is currently construction going on non stop throughout the day. We couldn’t sleep through the hammering. The spa pool was closed when we wanted to use it and the sauna was also unavailable our entire stay. In other words the hotel was just a place to sleep and sleeping was hard with all the noise. When the construction is complete the experience might be completely different but we were disappointed. The staff however were wonderful and very kind and they told is that they sent us an email in advance letting us know about the construction but I checked my emails and never received it. So overall disappointed.
We stayed at the Urso for two nights. The hotel is central and you can walk to most places. The materials used in the hotel are high-class and the interio is really nice. We had a spacious room on the third floor that was nice and quiet. The fitness is a little small but you have all you need for a quick workout. The restaurant and bar space is done nicely and they offer good drinks and food. I would definitely go again.