Hotel Pestana Plaza Mayor Madrid – Review

The Pestana Plaza Mayor Madrid is located in the center of Madrid, 600 meters from La Puerta del Sol, and features a seasonal outdoor pool and a complete fitness center.

The hotel occupies two buildings in Plaza Mayor. One of these buildings used to be the guild of the butchers of the city. As most plazas in Spain, these were places for trade and the butchers guild played an important role here. The second building was one of the main fire stations in the city. 

The hotel has retained many original elements from the buildings and restoration has paid attention to comfort, but also to heritage. 


The hotel offers 89 rooms, 39 of which open to the Plaza Mayor (the remaining to the courtyard). .Rooms are a bit below average for this level of hotel but they are decorated with a relaxing color palette and excellent material. The beds are very comfortable and top qulaity linen is used. The floors, tiles at the bathrooms and the overall decoration provide a luxury vibe and the feeling that we stay at a 5 star hotel rather than at at a 4-star.

All rooms are equipped with free WIFI, air conditioning, closet space, a work desk, flat-screen TV and a private bathroom which is, in comparison with the rooms, more spacious. 


The hotel serves a daily buffet-style breakfast. The main highlight of the hotel is the pool at the rooftop terrace. This is not a pool to swim, but rather to relax and refresh. The terrace offers amazing views over the Plaza Mayor.

Additionally, the hotel also features a bar, 24-hour front desk service, a small but complete gym and a spa area with sauna and treatment rooms.

The hotel´s restaurant specializes in organic meat from the Sierra nearby Madrid. The theme of the hotel is derived from the origins of the building (the butchers guild) . The courtyard is also the place where breakfast is served. The hotel also offers the possibility to enjoy drinks and cocktails at the rooftop terrace. 


The hotel is located right in the Plaza Mayor of Madrid. Plaza Mayor is one of the icons of Madrid, a square that dates back 400 years and which used to be the heart of Madrid at the time of the Austrian Kings. The Plaza Mayor is next to most of the top attractions of Madrid: The San Miguel Market is 5 minutes walk from the hotel, and so is Puerta del Sol, the 0 Km of Spain and where the presidency of the region of Madrid is located, or the Royal Palace and the Almudena Cathedral

The Hotel Pestana Plaza Mayor is also at walking distance from the top art galleries in Madrid:  just over 1 km from the Thyssen-Bornemisza, the Prado, and Reina Sofía Museums.

There are many taverns and bars but tourist traps should be avoided. The best options to enjoy tapas like locals is the Latina area (Cava Baja street) where you will find many wine bars and a great atmosphere.

The closest metro station is Puerta del Sol station, blue line, which connects to all the metro network and to train stations like Atocha. 

The Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport is 13,8 km away.

Overall Review

The Pestana Plaza Mayor hotel has it almost all. A rare combination of a truly historic building, impressive location, chic design, and special features like a rooftop terrace pool speak for themselves. 

This is one of the most unique hotels where you can stay in Madrid, that is for sure. The feeling of opening a French window and stepping out to the small balcony that offers views to the Plaza Mayor is a fantastic experience (though rooms to the courtyard are quieter). 

This is a very romantic option in Madrid which would be perfect for you if you enjoy hotels at unique locations and historical buildings. If you would rather consider a lower budget but would not like to sacrifice on location nor building, you may want to consider the Rui Plaza de España. It does not provide the same charm, but also boasts a rooftop pool, offers a great location, and at a historical building in Madrid.  

The Pestana Plaza Mayor offers reasonable value for money. Location and design both come always at a price. 

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Q What to do in Madrid are near Pestana Plaza Mayor Madrid

Plaza Mayor de Madrid
Mercado San Miguel
Casa de la Villa, Teatro Figaro
Cava Baja

Q What is the check-in and check-out time at hotel Pestana Plaza Mayor Madrid

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

Q Where to stay near Pestana Plaza Mayor Madrid

Posada del León de Oro
Catalonia Puerta del Sol
Preciados – 4

Q Where to eat near Pestana Plaza Mayor Madrid

Sublime Dreams Food
Rosi La Loca Taberna
El Mandela
La Esquina del Real
Ouh Babbo
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