Book one of sixteen rooms at the eclectic boutique hotel Abalu (from $280), located in the heart of Malasaña, Madrid’s most happening nightlife area. Get a Shiatsu massage and in-room chocolate fondue with a package deal, or use the Mac Mini in your Gran Luxe suite to select a movie from the hotel’s DVD library.
Gaze at the panoramic view of Europe’s highest capital from the ME Madrid’s 360-degree rooftop terrace (from $197). The Tower Suite has a private outdoor whirlpool.
Sleep among great works of literature at the Hotel de Las Letras (from $139), where lines from renowned poets and authors like Catalan favorite Joan Maragall are stenciled on the walls of this Belle Époque building. Modern amenities like free spa services and a pillow menu contrast with the coffered ceilings and hand-carved woodwork.