For a no-expense-spared trip to Spain, the capital city of Madrid is the perfect place for you to indulge. Fine dining experiences, five-star hotels, luxurious boutiques (and designer favorites), front-row theater performances, and exclusive clubs are all at your fingertips here.
Let us help you plan a getaway full of all the best that this metropolis has to offer with our ultimate guide to luxury travel in Madrid.
First things first, where should you stay? There is no shortage of top-of-the-line hotels in Madrid—with options ranging from the classic Mandarin Oriental Ritz and historic Hotel Wellington to the modern Palacio de los Duques Gran Meliá, which comes complete with its own in-house Michelin-star restaurant, Ramón Freixa Madrid.
A few other favorites include Hotel Barceló Torre de Madrid, The Westin Palace, Hotel Orfila, and URSO Hotel & Spa.
Deciding on where to say all depends on what is most important to you, be it décor, location, privacy, or on-site facilities. Rest assured, however, that no matter which hotel in Madrid you choose, you’ll be well looked after.
Arguably one of the best parts of any trip is the food—checking out the city’s gastronomy scene, trying local dishes, and finding new favorites.
In Spain, it’s also highly likely you’ll discover a to-die-for wine that you’ll want to ship bottles of back home.
Madrid’s luxury dining experiences are the kind that will leave you with fond memories of your travels for years to come.
In Madrid’s city center, you’ll find a stunning restaurant inside the Palacio de Cibeles, where you can enjoy breathtaking views from their terrace, drink in hand, before sitting down to eat in the modern and spacious dining room.
Opt for a unique meal of a lifetime at the avant-garde DiverXO, the brainchild of Dabiz Muñoz, with three Michelin stars.
With so many incredible options, it’s impossible to list them all, but a couple other must-visit restaurants include La Biblioteca at Hotel Santo Mauro, La Terraza del Casino, El Club Allard, and Santceloni.
On a mission to replace your entire wardrobe with Europe’s latest? Madrid’s shopping scene has got you covered.
While the most popular shopping area is without a doubt el Gran Vía, you’ll want to focus your energies on the Salamanca, or “The Golden Mile,” area, where you’ll find many of Spain’s best designers and boutiques.
The nearby Calle de Serrano is home to some of the biggest names in the fashion world, including Gucci and Louis Vuitton. If you’re in the market for fine jewelry, watches, or designer shoes, be sure to pass down Calle de Goya.
For those looking to send some local Spanish delicacies back home, check out La Melguiza for saffron, Casa Mira for turrón, Ultramarinos Quintín for cured meats, Joselito’s for Iberian ham, and Lavinia for wine.
After all that dining, shopping, and sightseeing around the city, you deserve to kick back and relax. Spanish nightlife is truly unparalleled, and Madrid is no exception.
A fun nighttime option is any one of the plethora of restaurants that turn themselves into nightclubs, such as Fortuny Restaurant and Club, Opium, Liberty Supper Club, Oh My Club, Cannibal Raw Bar & Club, and Carpe Diem.
Want to just dance the night away with a great cocktail in a luxurious setting? Madrid’s best high-end clubs include Serrano 41, Goya Social Club, Uñas Chung Lee, Bling Bling, Gunilla Club, Graf Madrid, and Medias Puri.
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