Hotel Review // The Principal Madrid

The Principal Madrid // Hotel Review

Marqués de Valdeiglesias, 1 (corner of Gran Via 2) | 28004 Madrid | +34 91 521 87 43

Our very last night on our 16-day trip around Spain (with stops in Gibraltar and Tangier) we stayed at The Principal Madrid. It was is definitely up there on the list of my favorite hotels. I think the photos and video (coming soon) will show you why — aesthetically it’s gorgeous.

The Principal Madrid is a luxury boutique hotel (only 76 rooms) with a location that is hard to beat. Even though it’s small, it offers so many places to spend time I didn’t even have to do them all. They also have special rooms for meetings, social events, or private dinners.

We stayed in a Superior Room, which has a large couch in it, so there was plenty of room for my multiple suitcases and bags.

Outdoor seating at Atico at The Principal Madrid Hotel in Madrid, Spain.

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Bathroom at The Principal Madrid Hotel


+ Location, location, location. The hotel is a 1917 building on the Gran Via — which is right in the heart of Madrid, making it easy to get anywhere — especially for visitors.

+ The decor is modern, classy, and luxurious — designed by Pilar Garcia-Nieto at the Barcelona firm Luzio.

+ The rooftop terrace (La Terraza, on the 7th floor) is not only amazing, but the view is gorgeous. It is definitely a place to go even if you aren’t staying at The Principal.

+ The restaurant ATICO is beautiful. I didn’t eat there, but considering it’s under the watch of two-time Michelin Star chef Ramón Freixa, I’m sure the food is delicious. There is seating inside and outside, so you have the option to dine however you prefer. It’s open to guests of the hotel and the public.

+ Even though there’s no pool, there is a Solarium on the rooftop terrace (7th floor) with 20 lounge chairs so you can rest, read a book, or work on your tan.

+ They have a gym and sauna. You can book a personal trainer upon request.

The Pergola at The Principal Madrid


+ The lobby is on the 6th floor, so when you come in the attendant will take your luggage, and you take the elevator to the 6th floor to check in.

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I loved this hotel. I wish we could have spent more time there so I could have enjoyed spending time in every single part of it. It’s one of those hotels that you want to spend time in. I really couldn’t find anything I didn’t like about it.



Photos by Meg Biram. Do not use without permission.