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
We had three nights at the hotel, the reception was very helpful and quick, the room was very good indeed and the breakfasts were excellent. We also dined a the restaurant connected to the hotel, the service and international food was excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed the outside sitting area, sipping on gin and tonics or coffee and dessert - the wait staff were excellent. I would certainly recommend this hotel for it's service and quality as well as easy walking distance to the main plaza and all the city attractions.
We were delighted upon check in with the friendly and welcoming staff to learn that we had been upgraded to a suite on the top floor of the hotel. We had a 2 floor suite and a private terrace. The hotel is well located for the museums and tapas bars along Calle Jesus. The art in our rooms was really unique!
Lovely welcome and received an upgrade to a junior suite with a balcony to admire the views. Arrived back after a long day at work to find a complimentary bottle of wine awaiting me and chocolate by the bed.
Breakfast was a treat, it was unfortunate that I only had one night so was unable to enjoy the hospitality longer
We booked this hotel they our travel agent. When we arrived it all seemed nice. Quaint. The trouble was that every sound echoed terribly within on our own room and surrounding rooms. This made for a terrible sleep. One night I had to call the desk to complain due to excessive noise at after 1am. I also felt claustrophobic in the two story suite.
As one other reviewer mentioned, the showers were vet poorly designed and water spilled all over the floor with every shower. No matter how much care you put into trying to avoid such a mess.
The staff were nice. The location was good but overall something just seemed off. I don’t think I would book this hotel again. I would probably try somewhere else.
The Hotel is in a great location, close to everything you want to see and do in Madrid.
The beds are the very best, comfortable with fabulous linen as were the towels and dressing gowns.
I found the room a mis match of very old dark wood and modern bits added to maybe upgrade the room.
The wooden floor and steps leading down to the sofa area is simply dangerous, especially if visiting the bathroom during the night.
The complimentary shampoo etc are very nice and the bathroom was ok other than the shower being angled which caused a flood of water to escape through the screen onto the toilet and floor when in use.
I have been to better city hotels rated 4 star and although the staff were very polite and helpful I cannot say I would return to this Hotel again as I really found the room oppressive and outdated. My husband said the room wasn't that clean either but I didnt really pick up on that.
On the first night we were presented with two small sheets and two chocolates along with water.Apparently, the sheet is to out on the floor by the bed. This is an accident waiting to happen on slippery wooden floors.
As for the lovely chocolates. we were told by our friends that they received chocolates on the 4 nights we stayed. Petty point but be consistent please.
Apologies for the negative comments but I would like the Hotel to take on board my points.
There doesnt seem to be many current comments on tripadvisor for the Hotel which leaves me wondering why.