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.