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
- 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
The team at the hotel: friendly, helpful and really seemed to be happy in their jobs.
The room: spacious for a small room, great little balcony, great amenities.
The spa: small but perfect for relaxing after a long day of walking in the sun.
Location: perfect so easy to walk everywhere.
Have dinner at Bodega de los Secretos and Mercado de San Miguel.
For drinks with a view, head to Azotea del Circulo.
A must visit is El Retiro Park.
A lively bar. It's pretty sedate but really nice for a drink before heading out for the evening.
Spa - make sure you book if you want a treatment, it's only small.
We absolutely loved this perfectly situated hotel, just a few street away from Grand Via, the vibrant center of Madrid. The luxurious and calm atmosphere of this very chic place, with extremely friendly and helpful, international staff was simply wonderful. English speaking staff seams to be very rate in Madrid, exept for the Urso staff! Cudos to that! Free refreshing fruitwater in the beautiful spa area and very good bedding makes this place an oasis of calm in a vibrant city. Combines Art Nouveau architectural beauty with modern style, in the public areas as well as in the beautifully decorated rooms. We found our residence for Madrid, we’ll be back soon at Urso Hotel.
This is a fantastic luxury boutique property. We were there last week and were treated very well. The staff and bellmen are very friendly and helpful. The rooms are great. The old elevator is so cool. The spa was well done, had great amenities and available to guests at all times. The location is easy to find and very accessible by Uber and walking to many good eating places. Thank you for a wonderful stay.
Stayed here on my own whilst in Madrid for a conference over 5 days. I chose it for its convenient location between the historic sites and the Feria. Deluxe room with a double bed.
Turns out that most locations in Madrid are pretty convenient because of the excellent Metro. Hotel Urso is within 5minutes walking of three stations.
First impressions when arriving are pretty average because it’s not a big building, with a building (historic) site next door and amazing modern architecture market across the road which grabs the eye. Step inside though and everything changes. It has that amazing mix of slick modernist in baroque building that the Spanish seem to do so fantastically well. Check in super easy and front desk staff were great all week.
Room was fantastic. No complaints except for the weird glass door compartmentalising the toilet from the bathroom. Great shower with excellent water pressure and instant hot water. Nespresso machine with new pods every day. Fantastic bed and loads of pillows. AC was fine and easily controlled up or down.
My only regret was I didn’t have breakfast until the final day. Beautiful dining room and high quality buffet spread. Decent coffee (of course in Madrid...!)
Can’t make comment on the spa but that seems like a major feature of the hotel.
Ambience was quiet but relaxed and not stuffy.
Overall one of my most enjoyable hotel stays for a very long time. If you’re in Madrid, ditch your loyalty points and stay here: I don’t think you’ll be disappointed...
Great location, professional attentive staff and a newly refurbishment hotel done extremely well. Rooms are generous in size and nicely appointed. All the modern conveniences without removing the charm.