Hot New Hotel: Thompson Madrid

Hyatt’s latest property in Europe channels modern Spanish culture through its design and culinary offerings.

An upper-floor guest room at Thompson Madrid. (All photos courtesy of Hyatt)

Recent months have seen a string of notable hotel debuts in Spain’s capital, among them the Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid and The Madrid Edition. The newest addition to the scene opened just this Thursday as the boutique Thompson brand’s inaugural European outpost. With 175 rooms and suites, Thompson Madrid is housed within two buildings on Calle de la Montera, which connects Puerta del Sol ⁠— the semi-circular square marking the geographical center of Spain ⁠— to the shopping avenue Gran Via. The buzzing neighborhoods of Malasaña and Chueca are within walking distance of the hotel, as are a diverse selection of galleries, museums, and other attractions.

Madrid-based López y Tena Arquitectos created interiors layered with leather, marble, and wood accents for a classic-contemporary vibe. Guest quarters feature floor-to-ceiling windows as well as rain showers and Chromecast-equipped TVs; some come with private terraces. A two-story penthouse suite features living and dining areas, a bespoke bar, and a large balcony that affords sweeping views of Madrid’s historic core.

In line with Thompson Hotels’ “Culture Lives Here” ethos, the brand-new property is collaborating with three movers and shakers in the local creative scene. Known for his avant-garde compositions that take their cues from Renaissance paintings, Nicolás Villamizar has contributed artwork inspired by the city and the hotel, as well as a limited-edition map given to guests at check-in.

A deep soaking tub and other details in a guest room.

Left to right: Terrace suites come with a private deck; the lounge area of a Terrace suite.

Fourth-generation chef Nino Redruello, meanwhile, has designed menus offering Spanish cuisine with a twist: dishes include sour soup with grilled crab and zucchini, and sole with black-garlic meuniere, mushrooms, and quail baked in bread crust. Oteyza, a Madrid-based haute couture menswear brand, will display a number of hand-made pieces specially designed for the hotel in the public areas.

As for dining, Thompson Madrid’s trio of restaurants and bars includes all-day bistro and bakery The Omar, which merges mid-century modernism with an industrial feel in its open-plan spaces. The artisanal pastries and seasonal dishes served here reflect the global outlook of the Spanish capital: think fried hake with salsa verde and wasabi, or young-leek tarte Tatin with truffle. More culinary delights and drinks await on the terrace at Thompson Madrid Rooftop, a greenery-flecked space perched 10 stories above the ground. Opening this fall is the speakeasy-style bar Hijos de Tomás, an intimate drinking den that will tempt patrons with inventive cocktails and live piano music.

Elsewhere on the property, there’s also an open-air courtyard, bar, and day club to unwind in after some sightseeing, plus a rooftop infinity pool with hydrotherapy jets. A 24-hour fitness center stocked with the latest gym equipment rounds out the recreational facilities.

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Thompson Madrid’s rooftop infinity pool.

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