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The 9 Quirkiest Hotels in Madrid

Benjamin Kemper | December 20, 2017

In a city where bland international chains increasingly dominate the hotel scene, now more than ever, it's worth supporting cool properties in Madrid that offer an unconventional vision and a keen sense of place. Sure, you may not be able to cash in your loyalty points at some of these hotels, but you can bank on leaving town with a richer, more intimate understanding of the Spanish capital.

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Room Mate Mario

Why it made the list

Attention-grabbing silk-print headboards and flamboyant jazz motifs liven up every room at Room Mate Mario, a buzzy hotel just steps from the Royal Theater.

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Room Mate Óscar

Why it made the list

Room Mate Óscar is loud and in your face. In-room bathtubs, colorful stained-glass panels, and indigo light fixtures are a few of the many playful design accents you might notice during your stay.

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Hotel NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding

Why it made the list

Like something out of The Jetsons, Hotel NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding is an ultramodern hotel with automatic blinds, rain-effect showers, and one of the most impressive pool facilities in the city. Culinarily speaking, it doesn't get more innovative than DiverXO, Madrid’s only restaurant with three Michelin stars whose experimental dishes, which often forego traditional plates in favor of logic-defying, full-table presentations, lure food connoisseurs from around the world.

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ME Madrid

Why it made the list

From its smooth, synthy music to its rare designer furniture, there's lots to love about the ME Madrid Reina Victoria, but what sets it apart from the competition is its totally weird minibar that goes beyond the usual snacks and nips to include cashmere socks (€65), portable cell phone batteries (€39), Agent Provocateur thongs (€39), and sensual massage candles (by Lelo, €22).

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Hotel Abalú

Why it made the list

A funky hotel in a funky district, Abalú makes no apologies for its quirkiness and youthful style. Mismatched textiles, humongous wall art, and color-changing LED lights—the handiwork of interior designer Luis Delgado—are reminders to not take vacation too seriously.

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Barceló Torre de Madrid

Why it made the list

Jaime Hayón is the Madrid-born designer behind this property’s idiosyncratic interiors, which strike a balance between playfulness (zebra-striped bear sculptures) and drama (photos of flamenco bailaoras with piercing eyes). It all feels unapologetically current, from the millennial-pink walls, to the spherical light bulbs, to the microgreen-garnished dishes.

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Hotel Urban

Why it made the list

Despite what upper-crust Madrileños will tell you, this ultrachic property isn't all about the glitz and glam of its rooftop pool; open your eyes, and you'll notice that it's also a living art museum. The New Guinean carvings in the lobby, ancient pillars, and antique Chinese and Burmese statues in every room all belong to the owner, a renowned art collector.

A five-minute walk from Puerta del Sol, this relative newcom Read More


Only YOU Atocha

Why it made the list

It's no secret that Only YOU Atocha is the hottest hotel in town, thanks, in part, to unconventional popups that keep people buzzing; recent invitees have run the gamut from Seagram's Gin to Katz's Delicatessen. There are a number of outside-the-box amenities as well such as a running club and on-site barbershop.

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Silken Puerta América

Why it made the list

When it comes to eclectic avant-garde design, no hotel in Madrid compares to Silken Puerta América. The property's round beds, illuminated ceiling art, and psychedelic layouts—designed by such icons as Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster, Jean Nouvel, and David Chipperfield—are striking enough to make the most seasoned architects gasp.

Inspired by Paul Eluard's La Liberté, whose verses ar Read More

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