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The 7 Best Off-The-Beaten-Track Hotels in Madrid

Benjamin Kemper | December 20, 2017

Are you the type of unique traveler who steers clear of souvenir shops, flees from selfie-stick wielding crowds, and scours foreign-language blogs for locals-only haunts? If so, choose a Madrid hotel that's removed from the tourist hubbub. By staying in a residential neighborhood, you'll catch a glimpse of what it's like to live in this vibrant town—as opposed to just being a tourist in it.

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Hotel Sardinero Madrid

Why it made the list

A ten-minute walk to the trendy Malasaña and gay-friendly Chueca districts, Hotel Sardinero is close enough to the city's main nightlife hubs but removed enough from the revelers that you can bank on a good night's sleep. The property opened in May 2017 in a turn-of-the-century palace previously occupied by Innside Génova.

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Villa Magna

Why it made the list

Nestled between the skyscrapers of the Castellana mall, Villa Magna is the city’s modern luxury hotel par excellence, frequented by celebrities, foreign financiers, and other high-society types. Though you'll need to cab it to the Plaza Mayor and Golden Triangle of museums, the neighboring Salamanca district is a treasure trove of independently owned boutiques and local-favorite restaurants.

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InterContinental Madrid

Why it made the list

Chauffeur-driven town cars snake around the block day and night at the Intercontinental Madrid, a classically decorated hotel frequented by dignitaries, diplomats, and other international bigwigs who like to keep a low profile. Situated on the on the skyscraper-lined Castellana mall, the Intercontinental is great for those who favor comfort and service over centrality and trendiness. A fine-dining restaurant, sunny terrace, and an above-and-beyond concierge service round out the offerings.

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Hotel NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding

Why it made the list

A few miles north of the city center in the financial district of Chamartín, the towering NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding is a state-of-the-art luxury property with airy rooms, an enormous pool and gym complex, and the city's only three-Michelin-star restaurant. Note to Real Madrid fans in town for soccer games: The property is located four blocks from the team’s home stadium, Santiago Bernabéu.

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Silken Puerta América

Why it made the list

Silken Puerta América's roster of architects reads like a "who's who" of modern design, its rooms created by such luminaries as Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster, and Jean Nouvel. The property is located in the businessy (okay, boring) Prosperidad district, but it's an easy metro or cab ride away from the city's main attractions.

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Hotel Único

Why it made the list

This boutique property in the parkside Salamanca District is ideal for travelers seeking a relaxing cosmopolitan vacation. Its 44 rooms occupy a 19th-century palace complete with wrought-iron balconies, curved staircases, and a sunny courtyard. Gourmands will swoon at the hotel's two-Michelin-star restaurant by Ramón Freixa.

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Tótem Madrid

Why it made the list

This new, impeccably appointed hotel, situated in the heart of the Salamanca district, overlooks a shady street lined with high-end boutiques, timeless restaurants, and casual-chic lounges. Though the Retiro Park is only a brisk walk away, you may never end up leaving the ultrasoft bed.

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