There are countless reasons to visit Madrid.
But for anyone counting, here are five quick ones off the top of our head: the tapas bars, the vermouth bars, the Michelin-starred restaurants, the jamón, and the new Thompson Madrid hotel.
We threw that last one in there because after a full day of great food and drinks, you'll need somewhere comfortable to rest your head—ideally somewhere that's also peddling great food and drinks.
The Thompson Madrid is housed across two historic buildings and is a quick jumping off point to the Golden Mile, an area prized for its luxury hotels and high-end shops. The 10-story property has 175 guest rooms and 22 suites, with floor-to-ceiling windows, balconies, soaking tubs and well-stocked bars. There's also a penthouse that's bigger than most actual houses. Common spaces are outfitted with Madrilenian furnishings, natural textures, marble, leather, hardwood and copper. It's a nice looking place.
The hotel partnered with local chef Nino Redruello and his acclaimed restaurant group, Grupo La Ancha, on the dining and bar concepts, so you can expect to eat and drink well during your stay. The Omar is an airy bakery and bistro serving three meals per day, with dishes ranging from fresh pastries and a pig’s ear sandwich to delicate vegetables, grilled fish and an Ibérico pork chop. Hijos de Tomás is a hidden piano and cocktail bar that sits below the lobby and serves drinks until the morning’s wee hours. And the oasis-like Thompson rooftop—also home to the pool, lush greenery, and panoramic city views—will serve Spanish fare, cocktails, and wine beginning in the summer.
That gives you a lot to do on site, but when you're ready to get out and explore, you're within walking distance to some of Madrid's most popular attractions, including Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and the lively Gran Vía Street. The hotel is also close to vibrant neighborhoods like Malasaña, Chueca and Las Letras, where you'll find some of the city's best art galleries and museums.
All that's left to check off your to-do list are some tapas bars, vermouth bars, Michelin-starred restaurants and as much jamón as you can reasonably eat over the course of your stay.
See, this is why you need a comfortable hotel.