Hotel Review: The Hilton Madrid Airport

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If you find yourself in Madrid ahead of an early long haul flight back to Australia, enjoy the convenience of an airport hotel which offers comfort, class and plenty of amenities. 

  • Location: Just five minutes from Madrid Barajas International Airport, and 15 minutes from the centre of Madrid.
  • Accommodations: The resort has a lineup of 284 accommodations to suit all needs, including twin and king guest rooms which are spacious and have floor-to-ceiling windows and heated floors. There is also a lineup of Executive Rooms and Suites which are styled in warm tones, featuring original artwork and opening windows. Some have a separate living room, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows and extras including complimentary breakfast, a bathrobe and a morning paper. These rooms also have access to the Executive Lounge. For something a bit different there are also Relaxation Rooms.
  • Dining options: Three dining venues are on offer including the Reserva Grill Restaurant, specialising in grilled meats and seafood prepared in authentic Spanish style, also Ferrumbar, a popular watering hole with highlights including the Tree Terrace overlooking the gardens which is open during the spring and summer months. Meanwhile La Plaza Restaurant is where you will have breakfast if it’s included in the room rate, also lunch and dinner.
  • What else is there: The hotel is well-equipped for an overnight stay or longer if you should choose. There is a complimentary airport shuttle, and Executive Floors featuring an Executive Lounge serving breakfast and evening refreshments with snacks, and high speed internet access and printing facilities for anyone who’s working. There is also a gym, a decent pool, and a hydrotherapy pool.
  • What’s nearby: Madrid is just 15 minutes away if you arrive early enough to make an evening of it, with individual transport on offer. Nearby points of interest include the Juan Carlos I Sports Park, the large Plenilunio shopping centre with cinemas, bowling alleys and wellness centre, a golf course, and sports centre with tennis courts.
  • Why go: The hotel offers the convenience of being close to the airport for an early getaway, while also being accessible to the city centre if your time in Madrid is limited. It is also a fully equipped hotel with the amenities of a resort to make an overnight comfortable and enjoyable.

The Space

Having spent two weeks on the Costa Del Sol for a combination work and family visit, I found myself needing an overnight stay in Madrid ahead of my long haul flight back to Australia; there wasn’t an early enough flight from Malaga to accommodate my departure time with Etihad. I have stayed in a number of airport hotels over the years, but when researching Madrid I chose the Hilton for a number of reasons. For one you can generally rely on the brand to know what you’ll get, but according to the website this hotel definitely had a luxe feel about it thanks to its stylish contemporary design and spacious, light-filled rooms. Not to mention great bathrooms and amenities including a pool and Executive Lounge. Also getting to and from the airport at the crack of dawn would be easy using the hotel’s complimentary, frequent shuttle bus. On arrival, I was warmly welcomed, checked in easily, and I liked the chic, contemporary design which uses black, white and red to create dramatic interiors, with public areas set around two atriums. 

Where We Stayed

Our home for one night before flying back to Australia was a King Relaxation Room which certainly lived up to its name. Specially designed for peace and harmony, they are specious, bright and welcoming, with highlights including a marble bathroom and Jacuzzi, and complimentary access to the hydrotherapy pool and the Executive Lounge. The room was around 45 square metres in size, with stone walls and arranged with the bed on a slant, and divided into relaxation zones to rest, refresh, relax and work if desired. The work zone consisted of an L-shaped desk and chair facing the wall, and there was WiFi access but it wasn’t included in the room rate. To relax, you can also curl up on a comfy chaise lounge while watching an on-demand movie on the top notch plasma TV. The main reason for booking one of these rooms, however, is the bathroom, which boasts a separate shower and a large two-person Jacuzzi ideal for melting away any stress before a long haul flight. The bathrooms are partly open plan, and stocked with nice quality Peter Roth toiletries.  These rooms can accommodate three people, with a child or third guest on an extra bed if desired. Loves 

  • The location, which is close to the airport and the city.
  • The spacious rooms with bags of amenities to enjoy before a long haul flight.
  • The pool area is ideal to wile away the afternoon in warmer weather.

Insider Tips  

  • If you’re not arriving too late in the evening, make sure you include access to the Executive Lounge in your booking which offers a lineup of worthwhile perks. 

The Details 

The Hilton Madrid Airport is located at Avenida de la Hispanidad 2-4, Madrid, 28042, Spain,



Joanna Hall


  • 5
    Great Advice

    Posted by Shirley Aznavas on 17th Jun 2019

    We're going to Spain and the UK in September, flying home from Madrid by way of London, and have an early flight so need a hotel. This sounds ideal. Thanks for the recommendation

  • 5
    For If I Go To Madrid

    Posted by George D on 10th Jun 2019

    Great article thanks for sharing. Airport hotels can be so hit and miss, not to mention expensive! One I can share is the Crowne Plaza at Singapore airport which I've stayed at more than once making connections...I think it won an award recently. It's right at the airport with options for early check-in and or late-check out and is packed with facilities and good restaurants!