Hidden away on a leafy little residential street not far from Plaza Colón, this elegant 1886 town house has every comfort of the larger five-star Madrid hotels, but in more intimate surroundings. Originally the local residence of the literary and aristocratic Gomez-Acebo family, the building is now in the hands of a private family whose presence can be felt in the classy flower arrangements in the lobby, the original furniture in every room (purchased from run-down French and English castles), and the collection of Loewe silk foulards framed and displayed in the rooms. The 32 rooms are carpeted and decorated in cream-and-ocher tones. There is also a great restaurant with a small garden, usually open from Easter to October, that’s superb for summer dining. The hotel has an agreement with a local gym, which guests can use for a fee.