Only You Boutique Hotel, Madrid

I love interior design. I love travelling. It isn't always possible to combine both but on those occasions when design, budget and travel needs align, I get ridiculously excited. It's like trying on a new wardrobe for a few days,  seeing if it fits, squirreling away any ideas I can use and then walking away from it without having to break the bank account.

Reception 

Reception 

Lobby

Lobby

Apart from its incongruously unappealing name, Only You Boutique Hotel ticks a lot of boxes. It's a 15-minute walk from Puerta Del Sol and Prado Museum and a 3-minute walk from Mercado San Anton. It's far enough from the tourist crowds and surrounded by a lot of small boutiques. The staff are friendly. They have a generous breakfast deal and a 24-hour gym.

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Lounge

Lounge

This will give you a lift.

This will give you a lift.

Cocktail bar

Cocktail bar

The hotel used to be a palace in the 19th century. Its current style draws you into spaces that make you want to explore and linger.

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Padrino bar

Padrino bar

Hotel lift

Hotel lift

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The only downside was the room temperature. We were here in November and while the weather was cold our rooms were too hot. You can't control the temperature in your room despite there being a thermostat. All the room temperatures are set centrally. The hotel advised us to turn our a/c off and open our windows, which did little to really cool the room. Furthernore, the windows of our rooms opened out into the hotel's inner central courtyard and provide you with no privacy or peace and quiet if the hotel's courtyard is busy. Despite this negative, I'd still recommend this hotel and suggest getting around the overheating problem by asking for a room whose windows open out of the building.

Hotel facade

Hotel facade