Near nightlife, restaurants, and public transportation
Stylish rooms come with all-white decor and upscale amenities
A few Premium Rooms have large furnished terraces
Spanish restaurant serves a seasonal menu and wonderful breakfast buffet
Chic bar offers cocktails by renowned mixologist Diego Cabrera
Relaxing courtyard with seating and bar service on-site
Tiny gym on-site, plus free access to a high-end fitness center across the street
Six meeting rooms come with high-tech audiovisual equipment
Free Wi-Fi throughout
Few major attractions within easy walking distance
Some rooms are tight, and street-facing units can get traffic noise
Fee for parking
The 183-room NH Collection Madrid Abascal is an upscale hotel offering easy access to public transportation and the financial district. Though most rooms are a little small, all units have stylish all-white decor and great amenities such as Nespresso machines, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. The property has a modern restaurant serving an outstanding breakfast buffet, a chic bar helmed by a famous mixologist, and six fully equipped meeting rooms. The on-site gym is tiny and windowless, but guests get free access to a high-end fitness center -- complete with a spa -- located across the street. The neighborhood is known for its varied dining options and nightlife scene, but those who want to explore the city on foot might want to stay closer to Sol and Gran Via.
A chic business hotel with upscale amenities and stylish rooms
Housed in a beautiful 19th-century building that used to be an embassy, the NH Abascal is a stylish hotel catering mostly to business travelers. Extensive renovations in late 2014 upgraded it to NH Collection status, which is the NH chain’s high-end brand. White and silver decor, with a few dark blue and yellow accents, make the lobby chic and glamorous, while the high ceilings, vaulted entrance, heavy wrought-iron doors, and large windows honor the buildings grand origins.
A striking bulbous white lamp -- one of only eight pieces of its kind and the first to be displayed in Europe -- is the centerpiece of the lounge area. Rooms have a similar style, with elegant wooden floors and chic all-white decor. As is the case with most old buildings in Madrid, rooms are small, but most guests seem to find that the upscale in-room amenities, stylish furnishings, and general charm make up for the tight quarters.
Great for business travelers, but tourists will have to take public transportation to reach attractions
The hotel is located on Jose Abascal, a wide, busy street that ends a couple of blocks down in Castellana, Madrid’s main north-south artery. A subtle and charming blend of corporate offices, handsome residences, and bars (geared towards people in their early 30s) make up the neighborhood. Low-key partying, dining, and convenient access to other areas of the city make the hotel popular with young professionals and well-heeled couples.
There are plenty of restaurants and bars in the immediate vicinity, and three Metro stations can be found within four blocks of the hotel. Additionally, there are a number of buses running along Castellana and Jose Abascal. The Santiago Bernabeu stadium (home to the Real Madrid soccer team) is a 20-minute walk away, but other major attractions -- such as Sol, the Prado Museum, Plaza Mayor, and Retiro Park -- are all a 25-minute Metro ride away.
Stylish rooms with all-white decor, wooden floors, and upscale amenities
The hotel has 183 room, all featuring polished wooden floors that stand out against the stylish all-white decor. Standard rooms (known here as Superior) are small, and most other rooms types, including suites, are a little tighter than one would expect of an upscale hotel. However, all have high ceilings that add a little bit of visual space, and great amenities such as Nespresso machines, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and minibars. Bathrooms are clean and up-to-date, with walk-in showers featuring rain showerheads, contemporary rectangular sinks, and nice hotel-brand toiletries. Courtyard-facing rooms can be a little dark, but are quieter than units overlooking the street. Premium Rooms on the seventh floor have spacious furnished terraces.
A restaurant, a bar, meeting space, and a fitness center
DOMO Restaurant serves a seasonal Mediterranean menu in an uber-stylish space with all-white decor, modern silver and gold accents, and delicate white and baby blue Chesterfield chairs. The breakfast buffet is particularly outstanding. The bar has similar decor and is known for its famous mixologist Diego Cabrera, who is said to make some of the best cocktails in Spain. In addition to six fully equipped meeting rooms and free Wi-Fi throughout, the hotel has a chic terrace with wooden floors that can be rented out for private events. The fitness center is tiny and has no windows, but guests get free access to a high-end gym, located across the street, complete with a wonderful spa and salon services. Parking is available for a daily fee.