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
The staff, rooms and food are excellent at this hotel. I would have no issue recommending this Hotel to any traveller. The location being so close to the centre of the city is very nice as the walk is short and there are so many nice attractions to see. The food choices that the area offer is second to none in this area of Spain.
The Hotel Villa Real is the perfect choice for those who wish to be central to the major art galleries of Madrid. It is located so close to The Prada and easy walking distance to the Thyssen and the Sofía.
With a bit of a walk you can be in the plaza del Sol and the Mercado de San Miguel.
For position it is A1. The room was a little tricky with split level living.The bedroom up a spiral staircase and the lounge room downstairs. The facility is probably due for a refresh but it is beautifully clean and well presented.
The staff at the hotel were absolutely fantastic and made you feel very special. They genuinely care for their guests.
We would definitely return to this hotel.
Hotel Villa Real has a fantastic location in the center of Madrid, it's a very short walking distance from various outstanding museums such as El Prado, Thyssen, and Reina Sofia. Service was exceptionally friendly, a real pleasure.
The room was small, but comfortable, however, the walls felt a little thin and we could hear voices from neighboring rooms and kids skateboarding in the plaza (our room was on the second floor). Had no issues at all with WiFi/Internet.
The breakfast room felt a little stiff/dated in its decor, but breakfast was delicious!
Great option to explore and enjoy Madrid!
Very clean hotel in centre of Madrid. I would say expensive for what it is. The wifi was rubbish and could not get connected. I would advise that if you are staying here and the flights are cancelled make sure you have the hotel confirm in writing that they wont charge you for the night you miss. Not sure I like this attitude taken by a hotel as they had time to re sell the room.
This hotel is really great for location being close to all three galleries and the older part of Madrid with lots of restaurants nearby. The room was big with a separate seating area on a lower level with a balcony overlooking a plaza. The service was wonderful and generally it felt like a more expensive hotel than it was. Great value for money.