Location, location, location... right in the Plaza de las Cortes, by the Spanish Congress you can find this little gem of hotel. Around 15 years old, if first opened as a 4 star hotel (I remember!) and with the years and some additions it became a 5 star hotel many years ago.
I got a duplex room, sort of a junior suite, which is the penthouse top two floors (5th and 6th floor) The living room (with TV) and half bathroom downstairs and the bedroom (second TV) and large bathroom upstairs, plus a fabulous terrace overlooking Madrid and the Congress buidling. All in all it is two small-ish floors but making for a very interesting room proposition and out of the ordinary.
At 168 Euros per night (internet rate) I found it very reasonable for such a room in the centre of Madrid. The room has a CD player, cable TV, wifi, safe, bar and all other amenities of a 5* hotel. It belongs to Derby hotels and guests here can use the fantastic terrace bar and swimming pool of its sister Hotel around the corner: Urban, a super modern 5* Grand Luxe hotel super-trendy. You can even charge your drinks at Urban to your Villa Real room: a plus. Visit its glass bar, a small super-trendy bar where many cool people meet. Pricey but oozes quality. Try their coktails.
The Villa Real hotel is small and friendly, the "business centre has only one computer and printer but hardly anyone uses it. When you step out you are yards away from some of the best museums in the Wolrd, such as the Thyssen modern Collection , the PRADO Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum. You will find yourself steps away from two of the best hotels in town, the Palace and the Ritz and walking distance to Puerta del Sol, a great square which is the "geographic centre of Spain" called Kilometre "0". From there you can stroll around shops and the old Madrid with its twisting and narrow streets, monuments and great restaurants.
So, if you want 5* quality at 4* prices, then I recommend Villa Real.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Villa Real is a five-star hotel in the centre of Madrid, located in the Plaza de las Cortes, right in front of the Spanish Congress of Deputies and just a few minutes on foot away from Puerta del Sol. It is a unique location for exploring the sites of 'Madrid de los Austrias' on foot and enjoying the museum triangle formed by the Museo del Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Queen Sofia Foundation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Real Hotel Madrid