The Walt Madrid
Why We Love This Hotel
- The hotel is a few minutes' walk from the Gran Vía, an ornate, high-end shopping street
- Many of Madrid's most famous sights and attractions -- such as the Prado Museum, Retiro Park and the Plaza Mayor -- are within walking distance of the hotel
- There is an on-site bar that serves traditional Spanish tapas
Opened in February, 2017, The Walt Madrid is a stylish 4-star hotel in the centre of Spain's vibrant capital. The property is 150 metres from the Gran Vía -- "the grand boulevard lined with towering belle-époque facades that climbs up through the centre of Madrid" (Lonely Planet).
Madrid is a great destination for art lovers, and its three big three galleries are all less than 25 minutes' walk away: The Reina Sofia (where you can admire Picasso's "Guernica"), the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Prado -- "one of the greatest museums in the world" (The Daily Telegraph).
Retiro Park, which has a boating lake, formal gardens and several cafés and exhibition venues, is around 20 minutes' walk from the hotel, or a 10-minute bus journey from the Gran Vía.
The property is less than 15 minutes' walk from the Royal Palace, the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family. This impressive 18th-century building is open to the public (except during state ceremonies) for tours of the banqueting rooms, the throne room, the residential areas and the Royal Armoury (fees apply).
Two of the city's main squares are also less than 10 minutes away on foot: 17th-century Plaza Mayor -- "one of the prettiest open spaces in Spain" (Lonely Planet) -- and Puerta del Sol, which is Madrid's most central square and contains the statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree -- a sculpted version of the city's coat of arms.
Back at the hotel, Bob's Bar serves a selection of Mediterranean wine, craft beers and cocktails as well as traditional tapas dishes. It's on the ground floor and has a private lounge terrace.
Rooms are elegantly furnished and have wooden flooring throughout. Some GranVia Premium rooms also have a terrace and city views. Wi-Fi is free.