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
- 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
Top Quality hotel.Everything perfect from the staff,to the rooms,clenliness and location.Not our 1st stay here and wont be our last.Bravo Hotel Villa Real for another exceptional stay.see u again soon
My wife and I spent 3 nights in Madrid. Villa Real was chosen based on reviews, it’s central location and rates. Upgraded to street view.
On arrival staff were very welcoming and helpful. Room comfortable, clean and spacious.
Cannot fault Villa Real on any aspect.
The front desk was always nice and accommodating. The hotel is located in a good location close to the center of the city where most attractions and restaurants are. Their prices are also reasonable. Would go back again
The hotel was wonderful. We had spectacular views from our room. Comfortable rooms. Elegant reception area where the team members warmly greeted us. It is in a great location. Walking distance to museums, shopping, cafes and tapas.
Close to most places: Puerta Del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Atocha Station, plenty of restaurants and bars within walking distance.
Room is typical big city size (small), and the bathroom is even smaller. The shower/tub has that half partition that’s ‘in’ at the moment, but it’s not well designed because the floor will get wet every time you take a shower, making it slippery and dangerous.
The bedroom has a step down area with sofa and writing desk, but due to hard surface everywhere, it can be hazardous if you don’t look where you step.
Ask for a room facing the back if you’re sensitive to noise, although due to hard flooring with no carpet at all to mute any sound, you would still be able to hear your neighbors walking, opening closets, etc.