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"A luxury hotel brimming with historical heritage, in the heart of old Madrid"

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    For the best view of the Plaza Mayor, make sure to ask for the "Executive Room" which promises not to disappoint... 

We love

  • The unbeatable location in the heart of the old town, just a stone’s throw from the main monuments and attractions, including Callao Square, Puerta Del Sol and the Royal Palace.
  • The stunning views of the Plaza Mayor, which is renowned for its historic red brick facades.
  • The hammam spa with a wide range of facilities and treatments.


The Pestana Collection Hotels are proud to pay tribute to the hotel’s original architecture, every exposed brick on its strong walls theatrically bears the scars of Madrid’s deep history. The exact date of the construction of the current building is unknown, although it is believed that it was completely rebuilt after the first fire of the Plaza Mayor in 1631. Two buildings were supposedly joined to create one hotel which was designed to be in keeping with the original heritage.

The Review

The Pestana Plaza Mayor is located in a historic 17th century building, the Casa de la Carnicería, on the city’s iconic Plaza Mayor right in the centre of Madrid de los Austrias – a neighbourhood known for its rich sense of history and proudly distinctive style. Housing 87 elegantly-furnished private rooms, the hotel’s interior spaces pay loving tribute to generations of artisans that have contributed to Madrid’s creative charms: embroiderers, weavers, blacksmiths, ceramicists and carpenters. Everywhere you look, the sense of local creative pride is palpable – from Pestana Plaza Mayor’s huge early-20th-century stained glass window to its strikingly geometric Herrerian-style staircasing.

The hotel’s crowning glory can be found up on the roof – an outdoor swimming pool that offers magnificent views over the lanes and rooftops of historic Madrid, open during the warmer months. An additional indoor pool is open year-round, and is attached to the hotel’s on-site sauna and spa treatment rooms. A small fitness centre complete with Technogym equipment allows visitors to keep up with their usual routine. There are also some pleasantly scenic running routes down by the nearby the river Manzanares – the hotel’s friendly and knowledgeable staff will be able to advise. 

The Pestana Plaza Mayor is home to the RIB Restaurant, which specialises in organic beef but also offers some excellent fish and vegetarian options for those not of the carnivorous persuasion. Located in the beautiful inner courtyard of the hotel, it is a leafy and romantic spot to enjoy a classic Spanish bone-in Chuletón steak or a 45-day-matured kilo of Tomahawk. If you’d prefer to get out and explore, that’s easily done – the restaurant-heavy street of Cava Baja is just round the corner, and is crammed with delicious tapas bar options. 

Staying on the edge of Madrid’s 400-year-old Plaza Mayor has its perks, one of which is that it is extremely easy to traverse the city from this super-central location. La marcha (the action) of Madrid’s infamously buzzy nightlife is never far away – with options ranging from the bars of lively and trendy Malasaña to the elegant, upscale establishments of Serrano. Upon your return, walk into the hotel from the Calle Imperial to make your way up the magnificent central staircase, for the most atmospheric entrance.

Madrid is an art-lover’s paradise – from home-grown heroes such as Velázquez and Goya, to other Spanish artists such as Dalí and Picasso, alongside a variety of Italian and Flemish greats, visitors are never too far from the next masterpiece to marvel at. The Pestana Plaza Mayor is perfectly located to discover all the wonderful artworks the city has to offer – it is just 20 minutes’ walk from the world-famous collections of Museo del Prado, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, where you’ll find Madrid’s most creatively inspiring artistic sights.


Pestana Plaza Mayor

  • Address: Calle Imperial 8, 28012, Madrid, Spain
  • Travel info: 25-minute drive from the airport to the hotel (airport transfers are available) or alternately you can take a train from the airport, which should take approximately 30 minutes.

Key Features

  • Rooftop

  • Airport Transfer

  • Pool

  • Free Wifi

  • Fitness Center/Gym

  • Bar

  • Restaurant

  • Spa