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Relais & Chateaux Heritage Madrid hotel review: an elegant five-star stay in one of Madrid's most exclusive neighbourhoods

• Rating: 9/10
Rooms at Heritage Madrid Hotel start from 
$341 (£287) a night
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Along the wide boulevards of Madrid’s Salamanca district, not far from the designer boutiques of 'Golden Mile' you’ll find Relais & Chateaux’s five-star luxury Heritage Madrid Hotel, a tranquil space that guarantees a calm and restful stay in the city. Housed in an elegant 20th-century pastel grey building and layered across eight floors, once inside sumptuous décor and smart old-school glamour take over with immaculate design by one of Spain’s best-known interior designers, Lorenzo Castillo.

white bed with red checked bedspread and geometric printed wallpaper at Heritage Madrid Hotel
My room at Heritage Madrid Hotel

What’s the vibe at Relais & Chateaux Heritage Madrid Hotel?

I was obsessed with the hotel as soon as I entered, although not my usual taste, it’s hard not to be impressed with the design and antique furniture throughout. I visited in the height of summer when most Madrileños have left town for the holidays and tourists shun the city for coastal Spain, so it almost felt like I had the hotel to myself. Staff were helpful and attentive, and I liked the small touches of cakes and soothing foot gel left in my room each afternoon when I returned. It’s definitely a luxury hotel much like  nearby Principal Madrid Hotel, so if you want to splash out I can’t recommend it highly enough.

tables laid with white tablecloths at haroma restaurant in heritage madrid hotel
Haroma, the hotel's restaurant

How are the rooms at Relais & Chateaux Heritage Madrid Hotel?

Of the 46 super stylish rooms, I stayed in room number 61, a classic double decorated in burgundy and purple tones with fabulous parquet style zig-zag flooring and a huge, very comfortable bed. The design of the room was very geometric with patterns on the floor, walls and bedding creating a print-clash effect that I loved. Black and white prints hung in fames on the wall and a writing desk sat in the corner, alongside a coffee machine and wall mounted TV above it. The bathroom was styled in black and white marble with a bath, separate toilet and vanity area filled with amazing pastel coloured bath products from Etro including cute cologne. From the bathroom I could step out onto a tiny balcony, and although not big enough to sit on you could gaze down at the streets below to people watch.

metro mini bath products in mini pastel bottles at heritage madrid hotel
Etro bath products

What is there to eat and drink?

Breakfast was included with my stay and is taken in the hotels restaurant Haroma on the ground floor. The daily buffet style offering includes jamon, cheese, torilla, fruit and pastries including churros and is a very chilled affair with good coffee (always a bonus). I didn’t have lunch or dinner here but heard there are good dishes created by renowned chef Mario Sandoval. The setting is very prim with an almost show-room feel—walls are covered with elaborately patterned wallpaper and mirrored tiles, tablecloths are crisp white and food and drinks are served on chintzy blue and white pattered china. Nearby is the beautiful Mirror Room and up on the hotels roof terrace you’ll find tables and chairs and the perfect place to have a glass of wine before dinner.

coffee in blue and white patterned china cup next to brass room ket at Heritage Madrid Hotel
Morning coffee in the hotel's restaurant Haroma

Any highlights?

The Mirror Room is small but so aesthetically pleasing with green palm print fabric covering arm chairs while the mirror adorned walls and glass ceiling lets in so much light. It's the perfect setting for a spot of afternoon tea or a cocktail whether you’re staying in the hotel or not. 

ornate mirror room with palm printed fabric covering arm chairs at the heritage madrid hotel
The Mirror Room

Anything they could improve on?

Nothing at all.

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