Five of the best hotels in Madrid. The two most magnificent hotels in Spain are in there, plus three more that I think might take your fancy. A variety of locations, depending on what you're after.
Undoubtedly one of the best hotels in Madrid - but it comes at a price. Near the leafy Paseo de Castellana and right on the doorstep of the Prado museum, the Ritz is also within walking distance of the downtown area.
Address: Plaza de la Lealtad 5, Madrid, 28014
A classy hotel, the biggest appeal is that the airport bus stops practically outside the door. You can't walk into the center from here, but Madrid is a city that requires the use of public transport no matter where you stay - at least you don't have to worry about getting from the airport to your hotel.
Address: Principe de Vergara, 92, Madrid, 28006
Along with the Ritz, the Reina Sofia is one of the two most important hotels in Madrid. It is situated in the vibrant Bario de las Letras (which encompasses the Huertas district) in the Plaza de Santa Ana, where Ernest Hemmingway is said to have written some of his work (at one of the Plaza's two microbreweries). It is also less than 10 minutes to both Plaza del Sol and the Prado museum.
Address: Plaza de Santa Ana 14, Madrid, 28012
If you want city and you want green, somewhere near the Retiro park is the only choice for you, Madrid's little green oasis (well, not that little) right in the center of the city. Classy in an old fashioned way, it has the expensive shopping district of Salamanca to the north (popular with Victoria Beckham) and the train station on the other side of the park.
Address: Velazquez 8, Madrid, 28001
Unless you're staking out the Real Madrid stadium for a chance of catching a glimpse of one of their multi-million dollar signings, the only reason you're going to be in this neck of the woods is on business. This hotel is one of the classiest in the area and is perfect for those on business.
Address: Capitan Haya 43, Madrid, 28020