Madrid is not the first choice when you think of a short break to Spain but it’s an energetic, vibrant city from Puerta del Sol and the Gran Vía boulevard to Plaza de España, Malasaña, Chueca and the Real Madrid stadium, with the madrileño attitude and the city really comes alive at night with a very frantic social life and of course lots of culture to soak up.
Barcelona of course everyone knows is one huge art canvas with the Antoni Gaudi architecture everywhere , wander around Las Ramblas soaking up the culture and food or maybe just enjoy the Parc de la Ciutadella with its stunning fountains.
So take your pick from one of our hotel choices for Madrid
The Principal Madrid Madrid Spain (More Information & Booking)
Iconic views of Madrid’s Gran Via Avenue are offered at the elegant rooftop terrace and Atico restaurant/cocktail bar of The Principal Madrid. This luxurious boutique hotel offers a gym, and stylish rooms and suites.The Wellness Suite with sauna can be booked entirely and exclusively for couples or individual treatment sessions. Some room and suite types include free access to Wellness Suite services.
Spacious air-conditioned rooms and suites all have a TV with cable and satellite channels. Each has a desk, safe, minibar and private bathroom with a hairdryer. Just a few of the extras in certain rooms or suites include butler service, and Nespresso coffee machines. Apart from spectacular views, the hotel’s Atico restaurant/cocktail bar offers avant-garde haute cuisine and classic cocktails in a laid-back atmosphere of modern loft club with glamorous original architecture from 1917. Located at the heart of Madrid, the hotel is surrounded by an array of entertainment, dining and shopping options, and is just 450 yards from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.
Westin Palace Hotel Madrid Spain (More Information & Booking)
This luxury hotel is located in the heart of Madrid, within the Art Triangle. The Parliament is across the road, and the Royal Palace and Opera House within walking distance. The Westin Palace offers elegant facilities only 350 yards from the Prado, Thyssen and Reina Sofia Museums. The hotel is famous for its beautiful stained-glass dome. Here a fantastic buffet breakfast with music is served.
Rooms at the Palace are elegant and modern. They have the award-winning Westin Heavenly Bed and Heavenly Bath. There is also antique furniture and an internet television. Cocktails, coffees and aperitifs are offered in the Palace Bar, under the dome. Offering live music, the bar was made famous by Ernest Hemingway in his novel The Sun Also Rises.
Wellington Madrid Madrid Spain (More Information & Booking)
Featuring an outdoor swimming pool, the elegant Wellington Hotel in Madrid’s Salamanca district is just 100 yards from Retiro Park. It has a spa with sensation showers and a hot tub, available for an extra charge. The air-conditioned, soundproofed rooms at the Wellington all have free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, minibar, and a safety deposit box. The marble bathrooms have bathrobe and slippers. Some rooms include a Nespresso® coffee machine and electric kettle.
The hotel has a free, well-equipped fitness area with a range of cardio equipment. There is also a sun terrace with loungers. The hotel’s renowned Kabuki restaurant offers delicious sushi while Goizeko Wellington restaurant offers gourmet Basque cuisine. There is also a coffee shop and an English bar. On the 7th floor, guests will find the Wellington Club, a private lounge area with a terrace and stunning views of the city. This exclusive lounge includes an complete library with a seating area, hi-speed WiFi service, and a 60-inch flat-screen TV.There is also a snack bar room with unlimited food and drinks. A select cigar menu is available.
Or take your pick from our choice for Barcelona
Hotel Casa Fuster G.L Monumento Barcelona Spain (More Information & Booking)
This iconic, Modernist building is located at the head of Barcelona’s chic Passeig de Gracia Avenue. It has a sauna and gym, and a roof terrace with a pool and excellent views.The luxurious Casa Fuster is a monument in itself, built in 1908 by the Modernist architect, Lluis Domènech i Montaner, and has the status of Speciality Monument. His work, including the hotel, is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The elegant air-conditioned rooms at Casa Fuster G.L Monumento feature satellite TV and a minibar. There is a private bathroom with a hairdryer, bathrobe and slippers. Some rooms have a hydro-massage bath.The Casa Fuster Hotel has a stylish restaurant, which serves Mediterranean cuisine. Room service is available, and there is a jazz bar and rooftop chill-out bar.There is a concierge service and 24-hour front desk. You can hire a car from the tour desk, and parking is available nearby for an additional charge. Gràcia is a great choice for travellers interested in architecture, monuments and city walks.
Ohla Barcelona Barcelona Spain (More Information & Booking)
Featuring a rootop pool, this boutique hotel is located in Barcelona’s historic centre, close to Palau de la Música Concert Hall, the Cathedral and the Ramblas. Ohla Barcelona features rooms with contemporary décor and large windows. They all include a flat-screen TV, free WiFi and an iPod dock. The modern bathrooms come with bathrobes and slippers. Some rooms have views over the historic Gothic Quarter.
The hotel restaurant, La Plassohla, is specialised in catalan cuisine, offers tapas and small dishes. Guests can also have a cocktail in the famous Ohla Boutique Bar.The rooftop swimming pool offers fantastic city views with a chill out terrace. Other facilities at this hotel include a gym and a wellness area with a sauna.The Ohla Barcelona is 350 yards from Plaza Catalunya Square while Urquinaona Metro Station is only 200 yards away. Passeig de Gracia Avenue and Gaudi’s modernist buildings are 10 minutes’ walk of the hotel.
The One Barcelona GL Barcelona Spain (More Information & Booking)
Set in a remarkable location, 100 yards from Gaudi’s La Pedrera and Paseo de Gracia shopping Boulevard, The One Barcelona GL features a rooftop panoramic plunge pool and a sundeck with views of Barcelona. There is free high-speed WiFi available throughout and a Clef d’Or Concierge service.Bright and elegantly decorated, all 89 rooms boast pillow top mattresses and Egyptian cotton linen. All rooms have smart temperature control, a 55-inch smart TV with international channels and media hub with international plug sockets.Each spacious marble bathroom comes with a rain shower, Natura Bissé Barcelona toiletries and bathrobes and slippers by Casa Bassols 1790.
The hotel’s Somni Restaurant & Cocktail Bar, an elegant space which comprises an à la carte restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a Cocktail Bar where guests can enjoy traditional Spanish tapas. The hotel also has a seasonal bar, the Mood Bar, located on the rooftop terrace where snacks and cocktails are served all day long.The onsite Despacio Spa at The One has an indoor experience pool, a Finnish sauna and a relaxation area equipped with sun loungers. A range of facial and body treatments are available at an extra cost and there is a 24-hour fitness centre with innovative equipment.