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Madrid — By Nellie Huang on April 9, 2010 at 8:16 am
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Splurge in Style: 5 Boutique Hotels

Madrid is a city of old and new, contemporary vs classic vintage, old-school architecture against slick cutting-edge edifices. For a closer look at the futuristic side of the city, a stay at the top boutique hotels in town is a must.

The stylish ones will be happy to know there are plenty of options to choose from – all in the heart of the city. Along the main drag of Madrid - Gran Vía – you are literally walking into one trendy hotel after another. Most of them are housed in sophisticated Renaissance buildings with a starkly contrasting interior, especially designed for the brand new era. Whether you’re into art, spa or food, there is one to suit your need.

Here are my personal top three boutique hotels in Madrid:

1. Hotel De Las Letras

Poised right in the centre of Gran Via is the city’s most established boutique hotel. De Las Letras is an iconic building, with simple yet cushy rooms overlooking the thoroughfare.

Its deluxe room opens up to a rooftop solarium where you can enjoy the private jacuzzi in your own comfort.  Superior rooms put on an intellectual style with walls inscripted upon, depicting literature from famous writers and poets.

For luxury travelers, the spa itself is worth a visit. Its balneario – water spa – boasts of state-of-the-art facilities, with an alluring thermal bath, hammam and jacuzzi.

Website: http://www.hoteldelasletras.com/

Tel: +34 915 237 980

Address: Gran Via 11, Madrid 28013

Location: Hotel De Las Letras

2. Hotel Abalu

This hotel stands out for its excellent interior design, with cushy sofas in its stark white lobby and plush decor in its rooms. Besides decadent services, the hotel also provides in-room spa services: a massage, reiki or shiatsu therapy right in the comfort of your room.

Check out its deluxe suite, where you’ll be soaking in its spacious tub with a built-in tv. The hotel’s most luxurious room – the Gran Lux – is fitted with a whirlpool, iMac and other multimedia systems as well as a projector screen.

Website: http://www.hotelabalu.com/

Tel: +34 915 314 744

Address: Calle Pez 19, Madrid 28004

Location: Hotel Abalu

3. Room Mate Alicia

With an extremely simplistic lobby, the entire hotel is designed by famous interior designer Pascua Ortega. The hotel is striking for its unconventional designs and furnishing.

All its rooms are equipped with bath tubs that offer a view of Santa Ana Square. If you are travelling in a group or looking to splurge a little, the duplex is highly recommended. It extends up to the rooftop of the hotel, with a mini pool that you can enjoy in private.

Room Mate hotels also offer affordable prices.

Website: http://www.room-matehotels.com/

Tel: +34 913 896 095

Address: Calle Prado 2, Madrid 28013

Location: Hotel Alicia

Photo courtesy of Hotel Abalu.

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