Ultimate Guide to Madrid

The Ultimate Guide To A Luxury Experience In Madrid

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Have you ever dreamt of going on vacation, and taking care of absolutely nothing? To do so, here are a few hotels and restaurants which will help you live a full and non-stressful experience. Let yourself be pampered by a friendly and professional staff at the hotel, then go to your favorite 5-star restaurant for lunch and end up in the evening on top of the best rooftop in the city.

As they are so many luxury choices in the city, this little guide will help you choose the one which fits you and make the most of your stay in the capital, as they are so many things to do, you need to be prepared in advance.

The Ultimate Guide To A Luxury Experience In Madrid is a Guest Post by Juliette Smith

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The Glass Palace Madrid

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Passionate about traveling, I’ve already been pretty everywhere in Europe and experienced different traveling types from backpacks to luxury ones, from leisure and relaxing trips to more adventurous ones. But Spain is where my heart is!

Luxury Hotels

Madrid is a city where you will have plenty of choices when it comes to luxury and especially hotels. The capital provides a wide range of 4 and 5 stars hotels where you will be able to relax and think about nothing else than having a good time while visiting.

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Luxury Hotel Room

Located in the heart of the country, this sunny location has got everything you need in just one place, from the best hotels, best restaurants and places to visit, at the end of this article, you will know everything.

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Gran Via Madrid

The city is easy to access by plane with the Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport and its more than 193 regular scheduled routes, perfect to connect with the whole world.

The Principal Hotel

This 5-star hotel is located next to the big avenue called Calle Gran Via. With its central location, it enables you to move easily around to go to the shops, restaurants and the best bars which are not very far. But even if after a long day walking around the streets, you don’t feel like going out, you can easily eat at the hotel’s restaurant or enjoy a fresh drink at the bar, the restaurant called the “atico” serves amazing gastronomic food.

The hotel even provides meeting rooms if you are here for business and a fitness center to stay in shape! The staff is very friendly and will help you to park your car, carry on your luggage and even do your laundry. All the rooms are fully equipped with free WIFI, a TV, and room service of course!  At the end of August, two nights in a double-bedroom suite will cost you €428.

The Orfila Hotel

This 5-star hotel is a prestigious place where you will be able to benefit from a splendid garden in the middle of the city. This place offers 32 rooms on which 12 are suites, all specifically decorated not to look like another.

All the rooms are equipped with a TV, a minibar, air conditioning and obviously free WI-FI. They do have an incredibly committed staff and services such as meeting rooms, a lounge area, a bar and a restaurant where you can eat in the Orfila garden.

Another very practical service they provide is the free shuttle from the airport or to the airport and valet parking if you come to the city with your own car.  At the beginning of September, two nights in a double-bedroom suite will cost you approximately €322.

VP Plaza Espana Hotel

This 5-star hotel is located in the city center not far from the avenue called the Gran Via. The quality of the service is exceptional with everything you need just in one building.

If you choose to book your stay in this hotel, you will have access to its restaurant offering Mediterranean and Asian food, or a fitness center. They do provide car parking, room service and incredible fully equipped rooms with a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and free WIFI.

They do even have a bar on the 12th floor of the building, called the Sky Bar with a panoramic view of the city and a swimming pool!  At the end of August, two nights in a double-bedroom suite will cost you €454.

Hyatt Hotel

Another great luxury experience in the city will be the Hyatt Hotel. This place located in the heart of the city is a 5-star hotel that offers amazing services such as valet parking, room service, a fitness center, meeting rooms, and an on-site restaurant.

Rooms are fully equipped and WIFI is free. Breakfast is usually included in the price and offers a wide choice of products for salty or sweet lovers. On the 10th floor of the hotel, you will even have access to a bar/coffee offering delicious cocktails. At the end of August, two nights in a double-bedroom suite will cost you €478.

Luxury Restaurants

In order for you to enjoy a complete luxury vacation, why not booking a table at one of the finest and most renowned restaurant of the city? You will have plenty of choice, all with talented chefs.

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The first restaurant we suggest you is called DiverXO. It is the only restaurant in the city which has 3 stars at the Michelin Guide.

In a very unexpected and modern atmosphere, you will have the chance to try amazing culinary products, it is a truly incredible experience for your senses. Not to miss this place, book a table in advance.

Because it is one of the greatest restaurants in the capital city, it is also the most expensive one, with only one menu available at 250€, but it is worth it!

La Terraza del Casino

The chef Paco Roncera is in charge of this 2-star restaurant. They do offer traditional dishes in an unexpected way because he aims to revisit Spanish classics.

And if you are a wine lover, you will be in heaven with its more than 900 choices kept in the cellar. You will have the choice between different menus available at different prices.


Located in the 5-star luxury hotel Urban, this restaurant is a gastronomic one awarded by 2 stars from the Michelin Guide. The chef Aurelio Morales is a real artist which creates a perfect balance between technical dishes and tasty flavours with local and fresh products.

The cuisine is mostly inspired by Spanish and especially Catalan or Madrilenian specialties. The menu is designed so that you only know the main ingredient to create a complete surprise when served. The service is managed by the famous Francisco Paton, a talented maitre d’hotel.

What do to in Madrid?

The Retiro Park

The Retiro Park is one of the vestiges of the former secondary residence of Spain’s kings, called the Palacio del Buen Retiro and which was destructed because of its poor materials and the Napoleonic battles who took place in the city in the early 19th century.

Madrid inhabitants like to go for a walk under the sun, a running session, or even to picnic in the park. But as Madrid is a city full of history,  this place is also designed to be a cultural location. You will be able to find several museums, one is the extension of the famous Prado Museum or palaces which welcome temporary exhibitions from the Reina Sofia Museum.

If you come to the city to visit and enrich yourself, you won’t be disappointed as three of the major museums are located on the Paseo del Arte, perfect to visit one after another.

If you are looking to learn a bit more about Spanish history, I would better advise you to book a private guided tour, it would be easier for you to truly understand every painting! (https://madrid-discovery.com/)

Eat Traditional Food at the San Miguel Market

The San Miguel Market in an authentic place located in the heart of the capital city and not far from the Plaza Mayor. For all the food lovers but also beer and wine ones, you will find something which perfectly fits your tastes.

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San Miguel Market

You will encounter fresh and quality products used to create traditional tapas or even ice cream. Most of the products are made by renowned chef awarded by the Guide Michelin for a luxury and typical Spanish experience it is the place to go for!

A Drink at the RIU Rooftop

Another incredible experience is drinking a crafted cocktail on top of the RIU Hotel. You will benefit from a breathtaking view of the city and its surroundings on the 27th floor of the hotel with a bar and comfy chairs to a sit under the sun.

Not far from the central avenue Gran Via, this 4-star hotel is a renowned place in the city, if you want to book your accommodation here you will benefit from services such as a fitness center, meeting rooms and a car parking.

Guests will also have exclusive access to the swimming pool on the rooftop. Another little bonus is the glass walkway on top of the hotel allowing you to take your best photos and see the bustling city right under your feet.

The Debod Temple

The Debod Temple, initially built in Egypt, was gifted to Spain in 1968 in order to keep it safe. In fact, several temples in the country were in danger because of the construction of the Aswan High Dam.

Debod Temple

The temple was then transferred to Madrid in order to be restored and some parts were reconstructed. It is now located in the West Park of the city near the Plaza de Espana. It is also a great place to watch the sunset!

Link to my website: https://madrid-discovery.com/

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84 responses to “The Ultimate Guide To A Luxury Experience In Madrid”

  1. Cindy Avatar

    Madrid is on my “must see” travel list! Looks like a beautiful city.

  2. Annette Avatar

    Great post on an amazing adventure!! I’ve never been to Madrid, but hope to travel there one day – after I retire, I’m sure.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      You never know! Once we are able to travel again I am sure there will be some great deals there.

  3. Marianne Avatar

    Madrid is on my list. Soooo many nice places to stay! Thanks for the resource!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thank you for reading Marianne!

  4. Cindy Mailhot Avatar
    Cindy Mailhot

    This is a great guide to a luxury experience. We have been to Barcelona but not Madrid yet.

  5. Kendra Avatar

    My daughter LOVED Madrid! I’d love to have this experience!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Kendra, I hope you get to go soon! It looks amazing.

  6. Danielle Ardizzone Avatar
    Danielle Ardizzone

    Just beautiful (and makes it so tempting to want to retire right now, lol)!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I hear you! We love being able to pick up whenever we want.

  7. Suzan Avatar

    What a wonderful way to enjoy this area! Amazingly beautiful.

  8. Taryn Avatar

    My son and his wife met in Madrid so that was their choice for honeymoon. I’ve never been to Spain but would love to see both Barcelona and Madrid.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Wow! That is so cool. I agree … Spain in general is a great destination.

  9. sandi Avatar

    We love Spain and hopefully will get to Madrid next year. Thanks for all the tips.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Awesome! I can’t wait to hear about your trip.

  10. Chelsea Avatar

    Wow! I hadn’t thought about going to Madrid before but your pictures are gorgeous! I’ll have to include it in my list of places to get to!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Awesome! I hope you get to Madrid soon.

  11. Melissa Jones Avatar
    Melissa Jones

    That looks like an amazing trip!! I have not gotten to Spain list, but hopefully one of these days!!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Me too! Spain and Portugal are high on my list.

  12. Barbara Avatar

    Madrid looks absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thank you Barbara. I agree Madrid is special.

  13. Amy Avatar

    This is great info because Spain is at the top of my list to visit! We’ve even considered moving there! I pinned this to reference later!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Wow! Spain is awesome. I hope you get there soon.

  14. Bonnie Avatar

    I was supposed to be in Madrid in April and the trip was cancelled. This gives me something to look forward to once our trip is rescheduled.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Oh good Bonnie. I hope you get there soon.

  15. Laura Lee Avatar
    Laura Lee

    I’ve been to Madrid, but only on day trips. I was stationed in Rota, Spain for three years in the early to mid 90s. Rota was our favorite duty station of all!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I bet! What a great place to land.

  16. Sabrina DeWalt Avatar
    Sabrina DeWalt

    Great options if I ever get to Madrid.

  17. Leeandra Avatar

    I would love to visit Madrid, great guide.

  18. Holly Avatar

    Luxury travel is my favorite way to go.. I save until I can go that way! Madrid is one place I really would love to visit!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      There is so much history in Madrid.

  19. Beth Shields Avatar
    Beth Shields

    What a gorgeous city. Oh my goodness – the buildings are beautiful. I think the early picture of the Glass Palace is my favorite though. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thank you for reading, Beth!

  20. Santana Avatar

    Oh, wow. I’ve never done anything in luxury, but these restaurants sound amazing!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I agree. I can’t wait to check out Madrid.

  21. Charlene Avatar

    My daughter was supposed to go to Madrid after her cruise ship docked in Barcelona on March 13th. But with the coronavirus spiking, she just came home to quarantine. The good news is that now I have a reason to go there with her!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Perfect! Hopefully, this will be over soon and we can get to it.

  22. Maggie Avatar

    Wonderful “armchair traveling” while we wait to get back out of the house again! 🙂

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Agreed! I will take what I can get.

  23. Ramae Hamrin Avatar
    Ramae Hamrin

    I would love to have a drink on top of the RIU hotel. When I was at Mayo a couple months ago, I had champagne on the roof of our hotel, and it was so cool even though it was only 3 stories and we sat on metal chairs. I can’t imagine 27 stories with cushy chairs — in Madrid!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      That would be awesome. I agree rooftop is the best!

  24. Kristin Avatar

    This brings back so many memories for me. I spent an academic year just outside of Madrid and spent many a weekend day exploring the city. I did not have the “luxury” experience, though, being a student! I would love to go back and see the city now 20+ years later.

  25. Alexis Farmer Avatar
    Alexis Farmer

    Awesome pictures! Would love to go to Madrid, or Spain in general, someday.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thanks Alexis! Me too. Hopefully we will be able to get to Madrid soon.

  26. Amanda Avatar

    Madrid looks amazing and I hope to get there one day! So much beauty, how do you choose where to stay or where to eat? Everything looks perfect, I guess you can’t go wrong!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I agree! It definitely offers great options.

  27. Taci Avatar

    We just went to Madrid last year! It’s so interesting to see the different ways to experience a place. We choose to Airbnb and wander. You hit several places we missed!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Yes, I enjoy that too, wandering, but I always miss stuff.

  28. Missy Avatar

    My sister has visited there and she loved it. I look forward to visiting.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Me too! Madrid is full of valuable history!

  29. Eva Keller Avatar
    Eva Keller

    This looks like it would be a great trip! Spain is #1 on my husband’s bucket list.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I don’t blame him! Madrid is awesome!

  30. Cindy Moore Avatar
    Cindy Moore

    I’d LOVE to visit Madrid! It looks so beautiful. These are great suggestions.

  31. Cindy Avatar

    We went to Barcelona recently but Madrid looks fabulous!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Awesome! Barcelona is on the list too!

  32. Sara Avatar

    Madrid looks like a beautiful place to visit. We’ve been to Spain, but spent most of our time in Malaga. So we will have to make a trip back to visit Madrid.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Awesome, I can’t wait to hear about your experience in Madrid, Sara!

  33. Casandra Avatar

    We are heading to Madrid next summer so this is a perfect list to start researching from! I’m excited to check out the hotels listed.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Have a great time in Madrid!

  34. Lucy Avatar

    Such a great list, thanks for sharing!

  35. Adrian Pottinger Avatar
    Adrian Pottinger

    Madrid looks beautiful!

  36. Lisa Manderino Avatar
    Lisa Manderino

    I am going to pin this because I will be going to Spain at some point! This is great information!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Awesome, Lisa! Enjoy your time in Madrid!

  37. Leeanne Avatar

    Madrid is a really cool city to explore. It’s been a few years since I’ve been so I think I need to go back soon.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Good news! I am glad you enjoyed it!

  38. Stacey Billingsley Avatar
    Stacey Billingsley

    Madrid looks like a wonderful place to visit. I’d love to go. The luxury resort sounds great, but I’ve never stayed “luxury” anywhere before except Disney, and they aren’t truly luxury resorts. I’d love to try the food at the San Miguel Market. This would be an awesome place to explore.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I agree! The market looks awesome!

  39. kmf Avatar

    I visited Madrid for the first time last year…these all look like amazing places to stay when I return.

  40. Pam Avatar

    Sounds amazing! Although I love luxury experiences, my wallet doesn’t always agree. We often have one really delicious meal or experience on a trip and then let the rest be less extravagent.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      We do the same thing and only splurge once in a while.

  41. Alison Avatar

    A luxury trip to Madrid sounds amazing – and we love hearing about exquisite food choices too! Although we can’t go right now, it’s great to hear about our options when it’s safe to travel again. Thanks for sharing!

  42. Kirsten Avatar

    Thanks for this. We’re still hoping we get to go on our trip this summer. Great ideas…my husband loves good/expensive food.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Me too! If I am going to eat out I want it to be different!

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