NH Collection Paseo del Prado is a sumptuous corporate property located squarely within the Golden Triangle of museums. Housed in a turn-of-the-century palace overlooking Plaza de Neptuno, the hotel preserves the building’s erstwhile grandeur with canopy beds, gold-framed mirrors, and wingback armchairs. These feel dated, by in large, but the rooftop gym—with its state-of-the-art equipment and energizing natural light—certainly does not.
“Lazy Sunday checkout” at 3 p.m. makes the last day of the week feel less rushed.
Homey for some and passé for others, well-appointed Victorian-style rooms might remind you of your grandma’s house with all the striped wallpaper, dark-wood headboards, and wall-to-wall carpeting. Large families and groups may opt for connecting rooms.
While upgraded rooms offer views of Neptuno fountain and the tree-lined boulevard Paseo del Prado below, entry-level digs are rather dark and overlook an interior courtyard.
Compact bathrooms feel old school and elegant with green-marble vanity tops, bidets, and white bathrobes (in rooms Premium and above only).
The vaulted ceiling, marble floors, and ionic pillars make this lobby feel stately and official (if a tad stuffy). There are several sofas, armchairs, and coffee tables ideal for brief lounging.
Technogym cardio equipment, dumbbells, several weightlifting machines, and an assortment of bands and rollers make the fitness center inviting and well-equipped. It boasts panoramic views of the city, to boot.
Estado Puro, a high-brow tapas and wine bar, offers experimental dishes (in the vein of parmesan ice cream) on a pleasant outdoor terrace. Though the chef, Paco Roncero, holds two Michelin stars, some customers report inconsistencies in the food and service.
It’s less than a 10-minute walk to most of Madrid’s top attractions, but for excursions further afield, there are metro stations close by at Sevilla (Line 2), Antón Martín (Line 1), and Atocha (Line 1).
Venture outside the neighborhood for most of your meals—the hotel is surrounded by mediocre restaurants that cater to the tour-bus crowd. Taking a 7-minute taxi to the nearby Salamanca district is a good idea; there, you can have a sit-down meal that oozes old-school Spanish elegance at El Paraguas, or, alternatively, embark on a tapas crawl, hitting La Máquina (cocktails and finger food), Cinco Jotas (premium jamón ibérico), and Ultramarinos Quintín (rawbar and flatbreads).
Pop into one of Hemingway’s old haunts called La Venencia (8-minute walk), a sherry-only bar that hasn’t changed a lick since the Spanish Civil War, from its no-tipping policy, to its salty waiters, to its chalked bar tabs. Follow your aperitivo with an exhilarating flamenco performance a few steps down the road at Cardamomo Tablao (buy tickets to the show in advance).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Like all hotels bearing the NH Collection name, the Paseo del Prado property is known for its professional staff, dependable concierge services, and well-appointed rooms. Though millennials may balk at the old-hat aesthetic, the property’s location—steps from the city’s most important sites and museums—makes it a consistent bet for travelers of all types.