On-site parking and airport shuttle, both for a fee
15-minute metro ride from major attractions and the financial district
Not walking distance to major tourist sights
Interior-facing rooms can be a tad dark (but quieter)
No on-site spa (discounts at high-end wellness center around the corner)
The 171-room Hesperia Madrid is a stylish business hotel best known for its two-Michelin star Santceloni restaurant and beautiful interior design. Spacious, comfortable rooms have classic decor in earth tones and excellent amenities such as free Wi-Fi, LCD TVs with speakers in the bathroom, Nespresso machines, and Egyptian cotton linens. While the three outstanding restaurants are the highlight here, the hotel also features a wonderful rooftop fitness center and a popular lobby bar with jazz nights. Guests are offered discounted rates at a high-end fitness and wellness center located around the corner, but the hotel lacks a spa. The location a 15-minute metro ride from both the city center and the financial district makes it a reasonably convenient pick for business and leisure travelers alike, but those looking to stay within walking distance of major attractions may want to consider the NH Palacio de Tepa.
Luxury chain hotel with warm, stylish interiors and excellent cuisine
The Hesperia Madrid is part of the huge Spanish NH hotel group, which has over 400 properties around the world under four main brands. Despite this, there is nothing that screams business chain hotel at the Hesperia Madrid. Three top interior designers were commissioned to redecorate the hotel in 2013, creating warm spaces with a feel of subdued elegance. All areas in the hotel are decked out in homey earth tones, but common spaces have a slightly more contemporary style than rooms, which are decorated in darker hues.
The centerpiece at the Hesperia Madrid is the sun-filled central atrium, which houses La Manzana Restaurant. A stylish natural wood structure with clean lines separates the atrium from the indoor dining room, and sunlight streams through a large glass ceiling. The quiet atmosphere and focus on design found in the atrium carries over to other common spaces, including the lobby, which is decorated in soft neutral tones with lots of wood accents, and the hotel’s two other restaurants, which include a famous Japanese lounge and a traditional Spanish restaurant with two Michelin stars.
Although not as much of a landmark as other luxury hotels in town such as the Hotel Ritz Madrid or the Westin Palace, the Hesperia is a quietly elegant property with outstanding cuisine, a relaxed atmosphere, and competitive rates. The hotel draws mostly business travelers and couples, and is also a popular venue for corporate events.
A 15-minute metro ride from tourist attractions and the financial district
Hesperia Madrid is located directly on Paseo de la Castellana, Madrid’s second longest street and one of its major thoroughfares. This neighborhood is right between the city center and the financial district, which allows for easy access to both major attractions and the business areas around Plaza de Castilla. While Paseo de la Castellana is generally busy, the smaller streets behind the hotel are quieter, with a mix of apartment buildings and offices. The area is busiest during business hours, but its many restaurants and bars make it a popular after-work hangout spot. There are no major attractions within easy walking distance, but the heart of the tourist area in Madrid is a 15-minute metro ride away. Most main sights -- including the Prado Museum, Sol, the Royal Palace, and Retiro Park -- can all be reached within 20 to 25 minutes, and a metro station can be found a block from the hotel. It takes half an hour to get to the airport by both metro and car.
Classic rooms with some fun design touches and upscale amenities
Rooms at the Hesperia Madrid are decorated in a more classic style than common areas. Most have one or two fun design accents such as leopard print armchairs, but dark wood furniture, beige carpets, golden painting frames, and dove gray walls make for elegant traditional spaces. King, queen or twin beds feature high-end Egyptian cotton linens, and guests are given an array of pillows to choose from. Free Wi-Fi and spacious desks with cushioned chairs are convenient perks for business travelers, while small seating areas offer space to unwind. All rooms have Nespresso machines and minibars, plus iPhone docks, LCD TVs with international channels, and electronic safes.
Bathrooms are elegant but not decadent, with a combination of black and beige marble tiles and standard shower/tub combos. All, however, have Rituals toiletries (Bulgari in suites), TV speakers, and heated towel racks. Junior Suites and Suites have larger seating areas, and Attic Suites have big terraces with loungers and whirlpools. Exterior-facing rooms on lower floors may get some traffic noise, but interior units can be a tad dark. Turndown service is offered daily.
Outstanding cuisine, well-equipped fitness facilities, meeting space, and on-site parking
The Hesperia Madrid is known among locals and travelers alike for its outstanding cuisine, and among its three restaurants, Santceloni is the star of the show. Its fine Spanish menu has been awarded two Michelin stars, and its jaw-dropping wine list is on par with the best in town. Hikari is the hotel’s sushi bar, serving Japanese specialties in a simply styled dining room with a soft neutral palette and warm lighting. La Manzana is the most casual of all three dining options, and offers a fresh, seasonal menu and a massive breakfast spread that gets rave reviews. Snacks and drinks are served at Scotch Bar, located in the lobby and complete with weekly jazz sessions. Room service is available 24 hours a day.
There are two fitness centers on-site, including a small one on the first floor and a larger rooftop gym with city views. Guests get discounted rates at Metropolitan Club, a high-end fitness center complete with a spa and a running club located around the corner from the hotel. There are also a small massage room, eight fully equipped meeting rooms, and on-site parking for a fee. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property.