Hesperia Madrid Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The 171-room Hesperia Madrid is located in Rios Rosas, a short subway ride from Plaza de Castilla business district and well connected to the airport. This upscale property offers spacious and comfortable rooms with high-end amenities, including flat-screen TVs, quality mattresses, minibars, and big marble bathrooms. The common areas of the hotel are very well maintained, from the spacious lobby with plenty of lounge space to the rooftop fitness center. Dining choices here include a Michelin-rated restaurant, Santceloni, a sushi bar, a cocktail bar, or room service. Business travelers have office supplies, a few modern computers, free Wi-Fi and a number of meeting rooms of different sizes available.
Hotel Silken Puerta America Rating: 5.0 Pearls
Hotel Silken Puerta America is known for its over-the-top design, from the colorful facade of the hotel to the rooms. Each of the 12 floors was executed by a different designer, and range from futuristic, space-like decor to sexy style with levitating beds and bold colors. This funky hotel offers free Wi-Fi and a small indoor pool. Hotel features include a hip on-site restaurant and a top floor bar with expansive views. While the location is great for business travelers -- less than 10 minutes from the airport -- leisure travelers might prefer to stay closer to the city center where famous sights are within walking distance. Business travelers may also appreciate the business center and numerous meeting rooms.
Melia Madrid Princesa Rating: 5.0 Pearls
From the outside, the Melia Madrid looks like your average business hotel. Step inside, however, and you will be surrounded by distinctive details that give the interior spaces a modern, arty vibe, such as the funky light fixtures, sleek leather couches, and elegant antiques in the airy lobby. In addition to its unique decor, the Melia offers amenities that are a rarity at Madrid hotels, including a small fitness center, indoor pool (fees apply), and a spa (albeit closed on weekends). The real highlight, though, are the spacious rooms with flat-screen TVs, plush beds, red accents, and gorgeous marble bathrooms. The hotel attracts mainly business travelers, as it has a business center, extensive and high-tech event spaces, and a good location near various attractions.
Melia Castilla Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The 915-room Melia Castilla hotel is located in Madrid's financial district, an area convenient especially for business travelers. Rooms are large and feature classic decor -- think warm colors, pastel striped walls, and marble bathrooms--and comfy beds, perfect for getting a good nights' sleep before another day of work. Hotel perks include a spacious fitness center, an outdoor pool (open only during the summer), and a pool bar. There are also two upscale restaurants and a conference and convention center complete with four meeting rooms, translation booths, LCD screens, wired and wireless Internet access and videoconferencing equipment.
Catalonia Plaza Mayor Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The spacious rooms at the Catalonia Plaza Mayor have a fresh, uncluttered feel, with minimalist furnishings, few adornments, and flat-screen TVs mounted on the walls. Bathrooms are outstanding -- highlights include the huge rain showers and streamlined modern fixtures. The public areas of the hotel are just as sleekly designed, and events spaces are well-equipped with high-tech amenities and warm, contemporary decor. The outdoor patio with bar service is a great place for unwinding after a long day of meetings.
Hotel Husa Princesa Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The 275-room Hotel Husa Princesa is an upscale business property in a good location removed from the city's congested, uber-touristy areas. Business-oriented services include a business center with secretarial services and several meeting rooms with natural light. Business travelers may enjoy features such as the heated pool, long-stay parking with in-and-out privileges, well-equipped fitness center and various dining options. Rooms are spacious and have flat-screen TVs and marble bathrooms, but decor ranges from modern to more traditional. This property is not over-the-top luxury, but it provides almost all of the amenities one would expect from a four-pearl hotel (aside from a spa).
NH Prisma Suites Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The 110-room NH Prisma Suites is one of the more updated properties in the NH chain. While this hotel offers the same no-frills amenities found at sister NH properties, it also features extra space. All units are big suites with a separate seating area, flat-screen TVs, and bright bathrooms. Hotel features include an on-site bar and restaurant, known for serving a great breakfast buffet, and four conference rooms with high-tech amenities. While there is a fee for Wi-Fi in the rooms and some guests complain about street noise, this property has a great location in a charming neighborhood home to multiple corporate offices and near the financial district in the Plaza de Castilla area.