To find the Hotel Santo Domingo Madrid, you have to find go past the main square of Santo Domingo, and look down a smaller side street, next to the metro station. This street is still called Plaza Santo Domingo, but it's not the main part of the Plaza.
The Hotel Santo Domingo is a Best Western Hotel, and from what I've seen of Best Western's, they tend to pride themselves on their individual touch. No two of their hotels are the same, and so it was a pleasant surprise to see that this hotel is actually also a museum. It is filled with valuable works of art, antiques and imperial looking furniture.
Depending on your taste, you could love the feeling of being in a bygone era that this hotel gives you. Either way, there are excellent facilities including a restaurant and café-bar, car rental, airport shuttle, fax, parking, room service (between 07:00 and 23:00) and if you really want to live it up in style, they have a limousine service and there's also babysitting.
The Hotel Santo Domingo Madrid is superbly geared up for business meetings. There are 6 meeting rooms, and 3 of them have incredible views to the Royal Palace through picture windows which let in lots of light. Some of the rooms also have glass panelling in the ceiling. In contrast to the 'old museum feel' of the hotel lobby, the meeting rooms are modern.
The largest room can hold 275 people and state of the art equipment including the following is available: projectors, photocopying, videos, screens, public relations, hostesses, stenographer, sound system, notice boards, multi-lingual secretary, computers and a choice of business meals, working lunches or cocktails.
There are 120 rooms with en-suite bathroom at the Hotel Santo Domingo Madrid. Some rooms have a small balcony with standing room only. In Best Western Hotel style, they have decorated each room differently with the aim of providing an 'at home' feel. Each room has: AC, bathroom telephone, blackout curtains, satellite TV, clock radio, complimentary toiletries, extra towels and linen, hair dryer, safe, dial-up internet (at a charge), iron and ironing board (on request), adjustable lighting, minibar and writing desk. In the deluxe rooms you also benefit from a jetted bath tub, slippers and bathrobes.
The Plaza Santo Domingo is about 50 metres away and has a Cervecería (beer house), Japanese restaurant, cash point and newsstand. There are public telephones opposite the hotel and also a small bar, a taverna, CD shop, florists and a bank. The metro is 20 metres across the street.
If you want to pop out and get your own groceries, there's a grocers 1 minute down the street. Next to here is an herbal pharmacy.
It's only 3 minutes walk to Gran Via, where you'll find a wide selection of theatres, and the heart of Madrid's commercial area - the Puerta del Sol is only 15 minutes away on foot. The hotel is well situated for access the famous Royal Palace and the Sabatini Gardens next to the palace, which make a pleasant place to relax with a picnic lunch in the heat of the day.
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 and cost €22.00 - €30.00 (including airport supplement), depending on traffic volume, and assuming there is no excess baggage (that all baggage fits inside the boot and interior of the taxi).
Via Metro: You can take various metro routes directly from the airport to arrive at Santo Domingo metro near the Hotel Santo Domingo 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: The red EMT public bus from the airport goes to Avenida America. The number bus that takes this route is the 115. From there it's quicker to change to the metro.
The Hotel Santo Domingo Madrid is appealing because it is also a museum full of historical art and antiques. It manages to cater for tourists and business clients at the same time because it has such a wide range of facilities. The Hotel Santo Domingo Madrid is a unique hotel with its own individual character.
Hotel Santo Domingo Madrid
San Bernardo, 1
28013 Madrid, España.
Metro: Santo Domingo (Red Line, L2) Plus 20 metres walk.