All the rooms have impressive views at this elegant, five-star Madrid hotel and Villa Real is located just a two-minute walk from the Prado and Retiro Park. The 115 rooms and suites are luxurious but a little dated, with parquet floors, root mahogany furniture and tan leather sofas. Although reasonably stylish they are definitely not cutting edge. The 19 duplex suites have the beds raised on a platform to separate them from the sitting area, and some even have terrace balconies large enough to sit on. Bedrooms and public areas are decorated with valuable art, sculptures and antiques, adding to the overall feeling of grandeur. The Villa Real is part of the Derby Hotels chain, owned by Catalan archaeologist Jordi Clos, who has chosen to display his private Roman mosaic collection around the hotel. The East 47 restaurant is adorned with Warhol prints and serves a full a la carte menu as well as tapas; for those wanting something a little less formal there’s also a café and bar. Dogs are allowed, but unfortunately the hotel got rid of its gym and sauna, so fitness buffs might like to look elsewhere.