Meliá Madrid Princesa Hotel exterior
the Westin Palace Madrid exterior
Madrid, the high-octane working capital of Spain, famous for its party hard culture and the achingly cool Movida movement, may not be the first city that comes to mind for a luxury family holiday. However, Madrileño kids hang out with their parents night and day, so the best elements of the city - its breathtaking art, its magnificent parks and its delicious food - are set up with the whole family in mind. Don’t expect much in the way of high chairs and kiddie menus, though; children in Madrid are loved as little people that share in all the grown up fun, and that’s half the charm. Embrace la vida familia and see how liberating this city can be.
La Terraza del Urban
The Hotel Urban Madrid is a family-friendly hotel in the heart of the city. it's a hop from Madrid's art triangle, yet also has a gallery of its own.
If you're staying in Madrid with your family, the chances are you'll want to introduce them to some of this capital's eclectic culture and there is no better location from which to do so than the La Terraza del Urban. Wedged between the Museo del Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Queen Sofía Foundation,...Baby-friendly / Pre-Teen friendly / Summer Sun / See this Hotel & Book »
The Hospes Madrid is an elegant five-star hotel fashioned from a 19th century mansion set in the heart of Madrid’s golden triangle of art overlooking the magnificent Retiro Park.
A chic boutique hotel based in the Puerta de Alcalá, Hospes Madrid enjoys an excellent location within a few minutes walk of the world famous art museums, the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza, and boasts views over the spectacular 350 acre Retiro park; it’s just a short walk to major shopping districts...Baby-friendly / Pre-Teen friendly / Summer Sun / See this Hotel & Book »
Meliá Madrid Princesa Hotel
Meliá Madrid Princesa Hotel is an achingly cool design hotel in the heart of the city that combines boutique styling with five-star mod cons.
The large modern Meliá Madrid Princesa Hotel has been recently refurbished with high spec rooms decorated in a cool contemporary style. It serves as an oasis of calm in the bustling city centre, just a few minutes from Gran Vía, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, the main museums and downtown shopping...Baby-friendly / Pre-Teen friendly / Summer Sun / See this Hotel & Book »
The Westin Palace Madrid
Westin Palace Madrid is a plush, grand hotel located in the cultural and artistic heartland of Madrid, delivering both opulence and comfort.
Built in 1912 at the request of King Alfonso XIII, the Westin Palace Madrid is just across the road from the Prado Museum; the historic Plaza Mayor and the beautiful Retiro Park are all within walking distance. It delivers just what you would expect from one of Europe’s finest grandees - acres of marble, sumptuous...Baby-friendly / Pre-Teen friendly / Summer Sun / See this Hotel & Book »
Estado Puro, Madrid
Plaza Cánovas del Castillo, 4
Tapas is a way of life in Madrid and a Spanish culinary concept that goes back generations. However, at Estado Puro in Madrid, award-winning chef, Paco Roncero, has brought it right into modernity, combining the best of Spanish Nueva Cocina with the traditional informal bar-style dining experience. This is a fantastically fun refuelling spot for the whole family – pick at titbits of delectable gourmet tapas in an eccentric space replete with brightly coloured pop art murals, gorgeously funky décor, a backlit web of Spanish ornamental hair combs and a zany neon bar.
Pan de Lujo
Jorge Juan, 20
Pan de Lujo resides in a converted bread factory in one of the most exclusive enclaves of Madrid – the gorgeous, cobbled Calle de Jorge Juan. Discover spectacular design and exquisite modern Spanish Mediterranean dishes with international influences created by renowned chef Alberto Chicote. Featuring transparent flooring, a bustling open kitchen, a mood-lit inner patio, a magnificent wall of water, and cube sculptures, this avant-garde space may be painfully hip, but it’s also a fascinating space that the children are likely to appreciate just as much as you.
La Cocina de San Anton
Mercado San Antón, Calle Augusto Figueroa, 24
Take the elevator to the rooftop restaurant of Mercado San Anton in Madrid’s trendy Chueca district and enjoy custom-made gourmet tapas. This delightful 700 metre-squared space, half of which is given over to a spectacular open-air lounge terrace, is wrapped around by floor to ceiling glass, with solid hardwood tables and bedecked with colourful contemporary furnishings. Waiters even don chic uniforms designed by internationally lauded fashion designer, Juanjo Oliva. However, the fun part is that you and the kids can custom-design your own food. The restaurant offers the option to trawl the gourmet market below looking for delectable, seasonal treats that you can have cooked to order with the garnishes and sauces of your choice.
Madrid offers a great opportunity for real family time, because all the best attractions delight parents as well as children. Make a trip to luscious Retiro Park with an ornamental lake for pleasure boats trips, fine botanical gardens, playgrounds, art galleries, an outdoor theatre, boisterous street performers, and armies of vendors selling clouds of colourful balloons.
Go to the recently rejuvenated Madrid Rio, just south of the city, for a long riverside bike ride, extensive playground areas and even a pop-up beach in the summer.
Madrid's art galleries
One of Madrid’s key selling points is its art, so don’t miss out on this even if you are en famille. Thyssen-Bornemisza and the spectacular Prado both offer special child-friendly tours and even art workshops for the whole family.
The stunning 18thcentury Plaza Oriente is replete with richly adorned fin de siècle cafés, views of the fine Royal Palace and the Sabatini Gardens. It also boasts one of the best outdoor play areas in the city centre.
For entertainment, you can’t do better that Circo Price, a permanent circus space that hosts fantastic troupes from around the world and is strictly animal-free. Performers will on a journey into bewitching make-believe worlds that delight both children and adults alike.
Parque del Oeste
Take a walk through shady Parque Del Oeste and indulge your senses in the fragrant rose garden before picking up the cable car, El Teleférico, for a fantastic birds-eye trip over the largest city park in Europe, Casa de Campo, which makes for a thrilling ride the children will particularly enjoy.
Dial 112 for all emergency services. There are 24 -7 emergency departments for children and adults at the public hospitals Clinico San Carlos (+ 34 91 330 37 48) and Hospital Universitario de La Princesa (+34 915202485). You will need to provide your health insurance card or passport. High-tech private Hospital Universitario Quirón Madrid has a 24 -7 emergency department for both children and adults (+34 902 151 016).
When to go
Strictly during the Spring or Autumn, especially if travelling with children. Madrid is based on a high plateau, which means it’s extremely cold in the winter and extremely hot in the summer, making it a ghost town in August when many restaurants and some attractions close shop completely. But between early September to late November, and late March to early July, the daily sunshine and balmy temperatures are a wonderful tonic and pretty much guaranteed.