Well, for us this place will always be special. It was where I stayed with James during our first trip to Madrid, and we loved it from the first moment we arrived. Going back to the city in 2017, we had to have another visit…and it hadn’t changed a bit, which we were very happy to see.
This cozy boutique hotel has an utterly charming and intimate feel as soon as you step inside- it has a grand open doorway, and is blessed with a cracking little bar and restaurant at its heart. After a day of exploring, we always felt grateful to be back in its shaded simplicity.
The place prides itself on offering straightforward but well designed rooms, friendly staff, and tasty, locally sourced food in its own restaurant; it’s a perfect base for a couple after a short break in the city. What’s more, it’s so well located in what is our favourite part of the city, near the beautiful streets of La Latina. It’s a short walk to some tourist destinations, including the magnificent Plaza Mayor, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it. Outside the entrance, you’ll be in the middle of quiet, winding streets full of hidden bars and cafes around each corner.
The small bar only offers standing space of stools and high tables, so it’s really best as a pre or post dinner drinking spot. The selection is modest but well chosen, especially the wine and cocktails, served if you so wish with a fresh range of pinchos on the weekends. Next door to the bar, the small restaurant ‘La Corrala’ is a narrow and intimate place where most hotel stayers eat breakfast and where others come to enjoy their tapas menu for lunch or dinner.
Open the door to the bedrooms and you’ll be greeted with a small but contemporary space, with brightly coloured walls, accessories and bathrooms. The smart use of space means that it certainly doesn’t feel cramped, and certainly served us well as a couple with a weekend-amount of luggage. The fixtures are well placed and to a good standard, and the lighting – something I always find difficult in hotels! – is spot on whether you are getting dolled up or winding down. Each room has a different colour theme too.
Posada del Dragon is great not just because it’s sentimental to us, but because it offers brilliantly located modern rooms a cozy setting right in the heart of the city (without feeling like it). Compared to its competitors nearby, it’s also comfortably the best value proposition, with good rates all year round. Not a pick for families, those wanting a huge choice of amenities or a stay in 5* luxury, but the perfect setting for a couple looking for a few days in one of Europe’s great capitals.
Katy Hulands is a travel and lifestyle blogger and social media consultant for the hospitality sector. She started the Unwrapped Series to uncover those special places (and things) that deserve the spotlight.