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Plaza de la Villa

Admire the beautifully preserved historic buildings that line this charming square in the heart of Madrid.

Plaza de la Villa is a lovely small square, bordered on three sides by 17th-century buildings that represent Madrid’s unique style of Baroque architecture. See some of the oldest surviving buildings in the city around this peaceful square that has served as the center of Madrid’s government for centuries. 

The largest building in the square is Casa de la Villa, which was constructed in 1645. Notice the two symmetrical doors on its brick-and-stone façade. These were once used as entrances to the city hall and the prison, which were both held in this dual-purpose building. Inside, look for beautiful 17th-century frescoes by Antonio Palomino. Admire the gorgeous stained-glass ceilings. Look for La Alegoria de Madrid, a well-known Francisco Goya painting depicting Madrid as a woman standing beside the municipal coat of arms. 

An arch connects Casa de la Villa with Casa de Cisneros, which was built in 1537 as a residence for the nephew of Cardinal Cisneros. Admire the building’s ostentatious features. It’s one of only a few examples in Madrid of the Plateresque style, a Spanish version of early Renaissance architecture. Today the building acts as the primary residence of Madrid’s mayor.

On the opposite side of the square, find 15th-century Torre de los Lujanes, one of the oldest buildings in the city. Take a look at the building’s red-brick Mudéjar-style tower, said to have served as a prison for King Francis I of France after his capture at the Battle of Pavia in 1525. Notice the Lujanes crest above the Gothic main doorway. 

Don’t miss the statue set at the center of square, which depicts Don Alvaro de Bazan, the admiral who planned the Spanish Armada’s attempted invasion of England. Designed in the 19th century by sculptor Mariano Benlliure, the statue is set on an exquisite white marble platform and stands 10 feet (3 meters) tall.

Plaza de la Villa is located a short walk away from the larger Plaza Mayor. Reach the area by taking the metro to Ópera station.


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Hotel Regina

Hotel Regina

Alcala 19, Madrid, Madrid
    3.0 out of 5.0
     
     
    4.5 out of 5 (2 reviews)

    Located in Centro, this hotel is steps from La Equitativa Building, Casino de Madrid, and Church of las Calatravas. San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts and ...

    Hotel ReginaAU$126

    4 Aug - 5 Aug

    Hotel Atlantico Madrid

    Hotel Atlantico Madrid

    Gran Via 38, Madrid, Madrid
      4.0 out of 5.0
       
       

      Located in Centro, this hotel is steps from Plaza de Callao, Gran Via Street, and Teatro Lara. Teatro Rialto and Lope de Vega Theatre are also within 5 minutes. ...

      Hotel Atlantico MadridAU$204

      13 Aug - 14 Aug

      Pestana Plaza Mayor Madrid

      Pestana Plaza Mayor Madrid

      Calle Imperial, 8, Madrid
        4.0 out of 5.0
         
         

        Located in Centro, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol. Almudena Cathedral and El Rastro are also within 10 minutes. Tirso ...

        Pestana Plaza Mayor MadridAU$230

        4 Aug - 5 Aug

        Dear Hotel Madrid

        Dear Hotel Madrid

        Gran Via 80, Madrid
          4.0 out of 5.0
           
           
          4.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

          This boutique hotel is located in the heart of Madrid, walking distance from Teatro Coliseum, Plaza de España, and Lope de Vega Theatre. Also nearby are Gran ...

          Dear Hotel MadridAU$174

          4 Aug - 5 Aug

          Hotel Emperador

          Hotel Emperador

          Gran Via 53, Madrid, Madrid
            4.0 out of 5.0
             
             

            Located in Centro, this hotel is steps from Plaza de Espana - Princesa, Gran Via Street, and Lope de Vega Theatre. Plaza de España and Teatro Rialto are also ...

            Hotel EmperadorAU$171

            4 Aug - 5 Aug

            Gran Vía Capital

            Gran Vía Capital

            Gran Via 48, Madrid, Madrid
              4.0 out of 5.0
               
               

              Located in Centro, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza de Callao, Plaza de España, and Plaza Mayor. Royal Palace and Plaza de Cibeles ...

              Gran Vía CapitalAU$258

              1 Aug - 2 Aug

              VP Plaza España Design

              VP Plaza España Design

              Plaza de España, 5, Madrid, Madrid
                5.0 out of 5.0
                 
                 

                Located in Centro, this luxury hotel is steps from Plaza de Espana - Princesa, Gran Via Street, and Plaza de España. Teatro Coliseum and Lope de Vega Theatre ...

                VP Plaza España DesignAU$298

                4 Aug - 5 Aug

                Petit Palace Plaza Mayor

                Petit Palace Plaza Mayor

                C/ Mayor 46, Madrid, Madrid
                  4.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   

                  Located in Centro, this hotel is steps from Mercado de San Miguel and Plaza Mayor. Puerta del Sol and Almudena Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Opera Station ...

                  Petit Palace Plaza MayorAU$135

                  4 Aug - 5 Aug