Hotels in the Prado Area of Madrid, Spain

by Edwin Thomas
This portrait by Diego Velazquez hangs at the Prado.

This portrait by Diego Velazquez hangs at the Prado.

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The Prado Museum is only one of three art museums comprising the famed Golden Triangle. However, that area is not just a tourist attraction in its own right, but also situated amid a central and reasonably historic part of Madrid, making it an attractive place for visitors to stay. As a result, the Prado area enjoys a selection of hotels, from the modest and mid-ranged to some of the top hotels in the city.

Transportation

The area around the Prado enjoys ample access to public transportation, as within half a mile's walk of any hotel in the vicinity of the Prado lies access to three different subway lines and multiple bus routes. Bus stations line the length of Paseo del Prado, the street running in front of the museum and beyond. South of the museum and beyond the botanical gardens is Atocha metro station (Blue Line), while north of the museum at the intersection of Paseo de Prado and Calle Alcala is the Banco de Espana metro station (Red Line). Beyond the Prado and El Retiro, the city's main park, is the Ibizia station (Purple Line).

Hotel Mora

This five-story, 62-room hotel lies on Paseo del Prado, across from the botanical gardens and 300 yards from the Prado. Guestrooms come appointed in a simple, mid-range hotel fashion with modern amenities such as free Wi-Fi access and cable TV, and the service earned high marks from Frommer's. Overall, the Hotel Mora is a simply, but affordable middle of the road hotel set right in the middle of the Golden Triangle area. The Mora also regularly offers off-season, winter discounts on its room rates.

Hotel NH Paseo del Prado

Part of the government-rated four-star NH chain, this hotel is one block from the Prado. The 19th-century building was once the residence of a Spanish count, and the decor combines some of that antique atmosphere with a modern style. The public spaces mix brown leather armchairs and marble walls with coffee tables that might have come from a Swedish design shop, while the guestrooms sport sleek four-poster beds and other traditionally-inspired furnishings. As an added plus, the immediate vicinity features some of the best tapas bars in Madrid, according to Fodor's.

Westin Palace Madrid

One of the most upscale options near the Prado, the Westin lies two blocks northwest of the museum. With 465 rooms and suites, it is also one of the largest hotels in the area. The hotel was originally opened in 1912 by no less than King Alfonso XIII himself, and the building stands as an example of the city's Belle Epoque architecture. The interior reflects that, with both the public spaces and the spacious guestrooms decorated with reproduction and period-inspired Victorian furnishings. As a Westin, the hotel comes with all the amenities one might expect from that high-end, pricey chain (including the pay Wi-Fi service).

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