Madrid's modern Baroque palace
125 Rooms / 11 Suites
Walking through the entrance of Only You Boutique Hotel is like coming home to your own Baroque palace. Situated in a 19th-century mansion in one of the city’s most chic and centrally located neighborhoods, this stylish hotel offers the trendy juxtaposition of past and present that Madrid (and the surrounding Chueca district) is known for.
Modern details delight in surprising places, like the bookcase-lined elevator teeming with tomes, a wall covered with white stacked suitcases and steamer trunks, and an eye-catching live wall in the terrace.
Yet Only You still gives off a classic European feel with its arched windows and shutters, chesterfield sofas in the public areas and a sunny four-story atrium lobby that used to serve as the mansion’s courtyard.
You’ll enjoy exploring every corner in this one-of-a-kind hotel.
• Lázaro Rosa-Violán’s interior design is Instagram-worthy through and through. Pose against the large illuminated letters that spell “Only You,” grab a photo in the grand hall of white suitcases or snap a selfie looking up at the blank-space skylight in the atrium.
• At the main entrance, find the fully intact exterior of the El Padrino bookshop that once occupied the building. Inside, it is now a hub for wine lovers to nosh on tapas and romanticize about the poetry and novels that fill the space.
• Unique design touches aren’t just for indoors. On the ground floor terrace, you’ll find a vertical garden that makes a perfect backdrop for your morning coffee or an afternoon drink.
• Enjoy a typical Spanish breakfast of jamon y queso (ham and cheese empanada), pan con tomate (grilled bread with tomato) and tortilla francesa (omlette) in Younique Restaurant, served at leisure until midday. Sit inside along the floor-to-ceiling double doors or outside on the terrace alongside a whimsical orange ostrich.
• Historic maps of Madrid line the walls of the guest rooms and provide an interesting way to wrap up a day of sightseeing.
Things to Know
• On the weekend, the hotel bar becomes a lively spot for day parties, but it doesn’t start serving until 4 p.m., so the noise won’t interfere with your beauty sleep.
• Stays are based on a 24-hour timetable, which means you check out at the same time you checked in.
• Staying in the Madrid hotel on a Tuesday? Go Italian in Spain as Dolce Martedi takes over the Lounge Bar from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sip on an aperol spritz and sample bruschetta, sausages, grissini and other finger foods while a DJ plays “La Vita Bella” tunes.
• Accommodations are stylish and modern with beds set against a studded navy-blue wall, geometric-patterned carpets and marigold accents.
• Premium rooms have a classic wrought-iron balcony and double doors that look out onto the quaint Madrid streetscape.
• The most iconic suite is the two-level Only You Club, which occupies the hotel’s top floor and has an impressive terrace that offers a scenic spot to watch those Iberian sunsets. This suite comes with extra perks such as a complimentary 30-minute massage and breakfast or brunch for two.
• You’ll notice fun (and helpful) details such as jewelry boxes in the safe, hangers that remind you how good you look with complimentary phrases and orange giraffe-print robes.
• No visit to the Chueca neighborhood is complete without a trip to Mercado de San Antón, a multilevel food emporium with stall after stall of nibbles. Grab a bite for later or score a table and enjoy some people-watching with your wine and cheese.
• Chueca is a nighttime hot spot with many of the city’s coolest bars and restaurants. Popular stops include Barbara Ann, a rock ’n’ roll bar with a bright neon sign that reads “Let’s Dance,” and Valgame Dios, where the gin and tonics flow into the wee hours.
• The streets of Chueca are filled with trendy boutiques that range from big brands and labels to exclusive finds that are made in Spain.
• The boutique hotel is an easy walk to cultural institutions such as Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza (11 minutes away) and the Prado Museum (14 minutes).