Villa Real Hotel
What We Love
- Balconies overlook the historic Plaza de las Cortes
- Warhol-inspired decor lends a playful vibe to the restaurant and bar
- The buzzing tapas bars of Plaza Santa Ana are a five-minute walk away
What To Know
- Sun worshipers will dig the sister property’s sexy pool area, just around the corner
- Free WiFi
- Pets are permitted on request
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
In Madrid’s museum triangle (close to the Prado, Thyssen Bornemisza and the Queen Sofia Foundation), Villa Real is a treasure trove of ancient artifacts and antiques, but with enough postmodern touches to keep things surprising. In the wood-paneled Art Deco lobby, ancient Roman mosaics hint at the hotel’s impressive art and antiquities collection. A stroll down the marble-floored halls yields further gems, from Apulian vases to 3rd-century Syrian mosaics, while the spirit of Pop Art enlivens the glossy bar and restaurant.
Bed and Bath
The airy bilevel rooms, which have separate balconied sitting areas, embrace the Old World; you can recline on a sofa while admiring a lithograph of the Egyptian pyramids or a 17th-century Indian sculpture. In the sleeping areas you’ll find lovely parquet floors, rich leathers and wine-colored fabrics. The bathrooms are outfitted with rain showers and are lavishly decked out in emerald and cream marble.
Dine on eclectic Mediterranean fare at East 47, a Pop Art–inspired bar and restaurant with an impressive gin menu. The breakfast buffet’s made-to-order eggs, grilled veggies and smoked salmon are a highlight. In the summer months, don’t miss a free dip at the nearby Urban Hotel’s ultra-mod rooftop pool. Back at the Villa Real, you can work out in the petite gym or relax in the sauna.
In the Area
Nearby Plaza Santa Ana is synonymous with tapas. Follow Hemingway’s footsteps to the 110-year-old Cerveceria Alemana, where formally attired waiters serve pulpo tempura (fried octopus), German sausages and beer. Catch Madrid’s gin-and-tonic fever at Del Diego, where classic cocktails and vintage glamour reign. By day, marvel at 700 years of Western art housed in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum or masterpieces by El Greco at the bucket-list Museo National El Prado. Tranquil Retiro Park, with its interesting antiquarian book stalls, begs for an afternoon stroll.
How to Get There
Outstanding location, walk to all of the museums. First time here. Quick check in. Doorman. Lot of art work. I liked the room, bed was good, beautiful polished wood flooring. Faced an interior court yard so no noise. Leather sofa. Turn down in the evening with chocolate candy. Note that the room had a step in the middle. Small balcony. Bathroom was marble, with tub and hand shower. Bidet (European style) and also regular toilet. Did not try the hotel restaurant/bar. No resort fee. Small convenience store about 50 feet from hotel, Starbucks down the slope. Either a 4.5 star or 5 star, I'm going with 5 stars.
Perfect location - especially if you want to visit the museums. This hotel is ***** and reasonably priced. The room we had was spacious and well appointed. We overlooked the "square." Making the reservation via their web site was easy. Check in was easy and the staff was extremely helpful during our stay. Villa Real is right across the street from the Spanish "congress" so the area is very well guarded. Lots of great restaurants in the area. The city center is about a 10 minute walk. We hope to return on our next visit to Madrid.
I have stayed at this hotel many times over the years. First the pros. The staff are very accommodating and helpful. The breakfast buffet is very good, with a good variety of food, both hot and cold. The restaurant has wonderful tapas and Spanish wine is wonderful. The rooms are very good sized. I had a junior suite which consisted of a sitting room, bedroom and bathroom.
The cons. The noise from outside my window and also from inside the hotel made it impossible to sleep. The roads around the hotel have been shut down to traffic so it becomes a place everyone walks by talking and shouting until 3-4 am. Then the hotel staff starts up and you can hear the maids. My room was on the first floor and maybe that is why the noise was so horrible. I'm not sure. In the past you had a bottle of wine in the room when you arrived. Now you have a bottle of water The noise was so bad and so consistent that I will be looking at other hotel options in the future.