Overall there is a stylish and upmarket feel, helped by the tinkling piano music and the presence of a grand piano to the right as you enter reception. It has been chosen as the location for the filming of various movies - a testament to its grandeur. The Emperador Hotel may be on a busy street, but it is excellently placed within walking distance of many of the main attractions, shops, bars and restaurants in the centre of Madrid.
The Emperador Hotel is well-known for its outdoor rooftop swimming pool with views across to the Royal Palace and Almudena Cathedral. The pool is open during summer, and also has an adjacent snack-bar and BBQ.
Elsewhere in the hotel you'll find a sauna, gym, pool table, lobby bar, laundry, salon, room service, 24 hour security service and parking facilities. There's a restaurant, and also a special VIP room called 'Club Emperador' which has a spacious and welcoming feel. In Club Emperador you can enjoy breakfast while looking out over Gran Via, and you can get an international newspaper there.
There's also a massage service, and you can enjoy it in the privacy of your hotel room.
This is an excellent hotel in terms of business facilities as there are 10 meeting rooms, all named after Spanish artists, (eg Picasso, Goya and Greco). They are sleek, modern and professional in design, and each has hi-speed wi-fi internet and audio-visual equipment. The equipment includes projectors, printers, fax, screens, simultaneous translation service, anti-noise panels and you can control the room temperature to suit you. Staff at the hotel also provide technical assistance.
In addition there's also a Business Centre with internet connection, fax and secretary service.
The rooms are majestic with rich colours and overhead chandeliers. They encompass a 19th century Spanish style. There are 232 rooms including junior suites and suites, which are grand and spacious.
Bathrobes toiletries and hairdryers are provided and all rooms have air-conditioning, satellite TV and central heating. Other facilities within the rooms include a direct line phone, safe, mini-bar, automatic wake-up call service, mini HiFi, trouser press and coffee maker.
Many rooms have views down onto Gran Via, and despite being on this busy street, they are well insulated from any road noise.
The Emperador Hotel Madrid is on the main road of Gran Via in the centre of Madrid. This is a bustling area both with people and traffic, but inside the hotel is peaceful. Buildings on Gran Via are big, and the road is most well known for its abundance of theatres. You can walk to 3 theatres within 30 seconds of leaving the hotel.
You'll also find shops, bars, restaurants, banks (there's a cashpoint right outside), cafes and pharmacies within 1 minute walk, and the official centre of Madrid, the Puerta del Sol square is only 5 minutes walk away. The metro is on your doorstep too, and the nearest is Santo Domingo, which is just round the corner.
This is one of the best locations for anyone wanting to visit museums, theatres, bars and restaurants. You are just 3 km from the famous Prado, Reina-Sofia and Thyssen museums.
Booking your airport transport online in advance of your trip enables you to travel from Madrid-Barajas airport directly to the door of your hotel.
The online booked transfers listed below are not public transport operated services - which means they continue to run even if there is a public transport strike.
If you don't speak Spanish, and you are unfamiliar with Madrid, arranging your transport in advance will give you peace of mind and save you the trouble of working out the route yourself. You can either book a private transfer or a shared transfer.
Private transfer (online booking only)
A private transfer means that the vehicle that you have will be dedicated for you and your party only. The driver will be waiting for you at your arrivals gate with a sign with your name on it. Your driver will assist you with your luggage and take you to a private air conditioned vehicle to take you directly to your hotel. We have provided a booking link below.
Minibus transfer (online booking only)
A minibus option is cheaper than the private transfer and the vehicle is shared amongst other travellers. Unlike a private transfer the driver will not be waiting for you at the arrivals gate you would need to make your way to a meeting point.
Follow the link below to book either your private transfer or minibus transfer online.
Public transport options
Via Taxi: A taxi from the airport will be about 30 minutes depending on traffic volume. The following price includes airport supplement and is valid assuming there is no excess baggage (that all baggage fits inside the boot and interior of the taxi).
Taxi Fare: €22.00 - €30.00
Via Metro: You can take various metro routes directly from the airport to arrive at Santo Domingo metro near the Emperador Hotel Madrid. Line number 8 leaves from inside the airport between terminals 1 and 2. I've given the quickest route below with the stations where you need to change listed:
Metro: Nuevos Ministerios (Pink Line, L8) Then change and head for Cuatro Caminos (Grey Line, L6, Circular) Then change and head for Santo Domingo (Red Line, L2).
Via Bus: You can take a red EMT public bus from the airport to Avenida America. The number bus that takes this route is the 115. From there it's quicker to change to the metro.
The Emperador Hotel Madrid is a stylish and majestic place to stay, that caters well for both tourists and business people. Its excellent location means that you won't miss out on any of Madrid's main sights.
Hotel Emperador Madrid
Gran Vía, 53
28013 Madrid, España.
Metro: Santo Domingo (Red Line, L2) Plus 3 minutes walk.