Hotel Riu Plaza España – Review

The Hotel Riu Plaza de España sits at one of Madrid´s most emblematic buildings, El Edificio España. This hotel has been recently renovated and offers a great location, an outdoor seasonal pool, and a good value for a middle-upper hotel.


All rooms 112 rooms at the Riu Plaza de España are spacious. They are distributed amongst 11 floors (the entire building does not belong to the hotel!)  Most rooms have been renovated, though not all. They share a stylish yet simple design. Rooms on the upper level have terraces.

All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, free WIFI, flat-screen satellite TV, refrigerator, electric tea kettle, work desk, closet space, and a private bathroom.

Bathrooms have not been renovated but they are spacious, with shower and tub combos and marble decoration. 


The lobby at the hotel has been renovated with wooden floors and provides a sleek atmosphere. There are not many common areas besides the large lobby though. 

The hotel also serves a daily buffet-style breakfast.

The hotel Riu features a restaurant, private parking, a bar, an outdoor pool, a fitness center, a discotheque, and a private terrace. The hotel also offers room service, concierge service, and 24-hour front desk service.


The Hotel Riu Plaza España is located in the center of Madrid, 700 meters from the Royal Palace of Madrid. T

Near the hotel, you will find several interest points such as the Gran Via, the Debod temple, and the San Miguel market. musicalsThe hotel is also very close to theatres, and it is perfect to enjoy in Madrid. 

The closest airport to the hotel is the Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas.

Overall Review

The Riu Plaza de España is a large, quality 4-star hotel located next to Gran Via and very close to most attractions. The hotel is perfect if you enjoy quality accommodation at a good value for money at historical buildings. 

Rooms are spacious and comfortable and the pool contributes to the overall value of the hotel. This is for sure not the most charming hotel in Madrid, nor the one that offers the best services. But all in all, and bearing value for money into the account, the Riu Plaza de España, is a very smart choice to enjoy the city.

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Other centrally located hotels with pool in Madrid

As you can read on our Madrid travel guide, temperatures in July and August can sky-rocket in the city and a swimming pool can be a great perk for your stay, especially if you travel with children.  But hotels with pools are a rare species in the city center, and in most cases, they are not designed to swim, but rather to refresh and relax. In any case, you may want to consider a pool in case you travel to Madrid in summer. 

We share below 4 recommended hotels with pools in the city center. You will be able to find more options on our Madrid hotel review page, where we have hand-picked the best hotels in Madrid for all budgets and tastes.  

Q What to do in Madrid are near Hotel Riu Plaza España

Estación de metro Plaza de España, Calle Princesa
Teatro EDP Gran Vía
Palacio del Senado
Teatro Lope de Vega
Plaza de Oriente

Q What is the check-in and check-out time at hotel Hotel Riu Plaza España

Check-in 15:00 - 00:00 and check-out 15:00 - 00:00

Q Where to eat near Hotel Riu Plaza España

Miyama Flor Baja
GastroVía 61
Los Espetinhos
Dos Cielos Madrid by hermanos Torres

Q Where to stay near Hotel Riu Plaza España

Bless Hotel Madrid
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Palacio de los Duque Gran Meliá
Room Mate Macarena Gran Vía
Preciados – 4 stars
Soho Boutique Opera
Room Mate Laura

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