Palacio de los Duques Gran Meliá

Classic luxury in Spain's capital

In the heart of Madrid’s historical Habsburg neighborhood, a 13th-century convent and a 19th-century palace join to create Palacio de los Duques Gran Meliá. Upon entering through the hotel doors, you forget that you are in the city’s bustling center, with its most impressive attractions just a short walk away: the Royal Palace of Madrid, Teatro Real opera house and Almudena Cathedral.

Step into the lobby, where you will be mesmerized by the glorious wrought iron and hardwood staircase and the stunning vaulted glass ceiling. Bask in the genius work of renowned 17th-century Spanish painter Diego Velázquez, whose art inspires not only the hotel’s name, but the décor in every room.

With 180 spacious rooms, an authentic Asian-inspired wellness area, a rooftop pool and bar and a lovely 10,763-square-foot historic garden featuring alfresco dining, Palacio de los Duques delivers relaxation and top-notch service with a privileged central location.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Art lovers will be captivated by this Madrid hotel, with copies of iconic paintings that narrate royal heritage, such as Velázquez’s Las Meninas. Walk the same halls that the Dukes of Granada de Ega and Villahermosa did for a rich taste of Spanish history.
  • The hotel is within walking distance to many of the city’s most important sites. Spend the day shopping along Calle Gran Vía, dine in Plaza de Santa Ana (one of Madrid’s most famous squares) or stand in the center of the iconic Plaza Mayor.
  • Don’t miss a meal at Restaurante Dos Cielos Madrid. Under the guidance of Barcelona's renowned Torres brothers, this restaurant serves some of the siblings’ best dishes, such as Grandmother Catalina’s cannelloni with a Parmesan crust.
  • Experience old Madrid refreshed and renewed after a visit to the Thai Room Wellness area. Expert Thai therapists offer an authentic experience through a variety of massages, body wraps, facials and body scrubs.
  • Bask in the city’s splendor on the seventh-floor rooftop terrace, complete with a whirlpool, pool and bar. Savor this unique panoramic view of Madrid with a refreshing cocktail or coffee in hand.

Things to Know

  • Although you can enjoy the vistas from the rooftop terrace year-round, a stay at the luxury hotel during the city’s warmer months will allow you to take advantage of its seasonally open pool and whirlpool.
  • Immerse yourself in the Spanish lifestyle with the property’s unique Sobremesa Experience during dinner at Dos Cielos Madrid. After the main course, indulge in a selection of coffee, infusions, spirits and fabulous desserts to end your evening on a festive note.
  • This hotel welcomes both families and business travelers alike. Those traveling with tots in tow may request a family room or interconnected accommodations for extra space, while professionals visiting for work can make use of six meeting rooms and translation and photocopier services.
  • Reserve RedLevel premium accommodations for access to a private reception and breakfast room, an all-day snack and tapas bar, and a garden area for unparalleled relaxation.

The Rooms

  • Palacio de los Duques combines maximum comfort and striking décor, showcasing Velázquez artwork in each of its 180 rooms. Every detail, from the curtains to the furniture, aligns with the gold color palette of the Velázquez masterpiece that hangs above the bed.
  • Each room includes a luxe bathroom, complete with Clarins amenities, underfloor heating and an exquisite bath and rain shower.
  • Starting at 430 square feet, RedLevel rooms and suites are even more sumptuous with extra space and a dedicated seating and dining area. Request an accommodation with a terrace for vistas of the Royal Palace and Teatro Real opera house.

The Restaurants

  • The previously occupied stables of the former palace now house Restaurante Dos Cielos Madrid. The standout spot serves dishes like empanadilla (pasties) stuffed with king crab, dendé and sago, as well as lamb shoulder with garlic, anchovies and plums.
  • In the heart of Palacio de los Duques sits Restaurante Montmartre. This dining room combines a Spanish and French culinary experience with refined décor, elegant dishes (like the lobster and mango tartare) and wine pairings.
  • Coroa Royal Gallery and Garden includes part of the hotel’s historic garden and a warm interior for both indoor and outdoor dining. While more casual than the Madrid hotel’s other two restaurants, the quality of the food shines in crowd favorites like puntalette (a short rice-like pasta) risotto with truffles.

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Getting There
Cuesta de Santo Domingo 5 y 7, Madrid, Spain
MAD (18-30 min)  
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