This neoclassical building on Gran Via in the heart of Madrid was for decades the emblematic Hotel Astoria. After a period of uncertainty, new owners Dear Hotel have restored its glorious façade and quirky watchtower to match the row of other historic buildings along lively Gran Via, but with a minimal design-focused refit.
It doesn’t get better than this. Dear Hotel sits across from the Plaza de España, and is just steps from the metro station – not that you’ll need to use it – the hotel’s address means you can walk almost everywhere in the city centre. In front of you the majestic Royal Palace and the bohemian Opera neighbourhood; behind, Malasaña and Chueca, are some of the trendiest and more authentic areas where hipsters and Madrileños mingle. Walk down Gran Via and you’ll come across all of the Spanish capital’s grandeur at Alcala or Paseo de la Castellana, including the Museo del Prado.
Few of the city’s hotels can beat the view from the plunge pool on the 14th floor. It’s small, yes, but if you want one of the most Instagrammable spots in the city you need look no further. On clear days, you can even see all the way to the mountains that surround the city.
All the action happens on the roof. You’ll have a hearty manchego and jamón-strewn buffet breakfast here watching the city jerk into action, and return for dinner at Nice to Meet You – try the delicious Galician Ox Burger or the cod fish confit. After all that eating and sun, it’s lucky that your bed is nearby for a deserved siesta.
Totally eclectic – from young groups of friends to middle-aged mini-breakers.
The Catalan firm Tarruella Trench Studios designed the chic interior of Dear Hotel, blending the old aesthetic with the new, and letting the period features really sing – like the incredible sweeping staircase, and wood panelling painted white. Think Spain by way of Scandinavian minimalism. The result is perfectly balanced, with earthy tones in the airy rooms highlighting beautiful oak flooring, and bathrooms stocked with a range of Rosa Mosqueta products. It’s all bang up to date, industrial wall-mounted reading lamps replace bedside ones, and some rooms come with a workstation.