Staying at Madrid's 'Dear Hotel'— Rooftop Pools and Views Over Gran Via

Dear Hotel is a trendy boutique hotel that book ends Gran Via, Madrid's main boulevard and the heart of the city. 

27412AE2-5494-4756-864C-B71F81E91DB3.JPG

I recently stayed at Dear Hotel to rest after a brutal overnight layover in Dubai, and turns out it was all I needed. 

The rooms were clean, spacious and appointed with Nordic design details and furniture.

D4E6EEF5-90F1-44D5-BFC0-41B83EC230A8.JPG
959437E3-71AE-4A20-99B3-0CC9A8A63217.JPG

One of the biggest reasons why I chose Dear Hotel is for it's rooftop pool overlooking the Madrid skyline. 

The pool is located on the 14th floor, where the rooftop terrace is, though I would've liked some loungers and a bigger pool. But even in July, the pool was never busy so it was easy to relax. 

984EAEC5-888B-428A-A768-F78ADBBFD75E.JPG

You can also enjoy beautiful views from the restaurant and lounge named "Nice to Meet You", where if you get breakfast included in your room rate, is where you'll enjoy your meal to start the day. 

Here's also where you can get some breathtaking views of the sunset as the sun goes down on the city and Madrid lights up.

Madrid is a city of rooftop pools, and there are many others around as well, including Hotel Emperador, which features a pool on the 10th floor, also situated along Gran Via. The best news is that some hotels are open for non-guests to use for either half-days and/or full days. Hotel Emperador is one of them, as well as Room Mate Oscar, situated in the neighbourhood of Chueca, which is just north of Gran Via. 

Personally, I love rooftop pools for the fantastic views over cities they give and the respite they give from the hot summer afternoons, and I was pretty glad I got to one in Madrid.

Disclaimer: This was not a sponsored stay and all photographs and views are my own


From my trip to Spain this summer, I've turned some of my photography into my brand of everyday products which you can check out below. Worldwide shipping is available so if you're looking for a tote bag or postcard to take home to remember your travels if you too have been to these parts of Spain, and if you'd like to support this passion project of mine, look no further!

View the full product catalogue at the shop here.

Flowers of Andalusia Tote Bag
24.90

The stereotypical view of the white villages of southern Spain (los pueblos blancos) includes white houses, narrow pebbled streets barely wide enough for vehicles to pass through, and the flowering bougainvillaea poking through the houses.

Frigiliana made all the pueblos blancos views I had in my mind manifest in real life.

It was stunning on every corner, but from where we parked at the foot of downtown, we had to scale a number of steps to get up to the town centre, and halfway up we saw these bougainvillaea growing out of the walls with the beautiful town in the background which was absolutely stunning and this is where I took this photograph.

View the rest of the collection here.

Add To Cart
Afternoons in Seville Tote Bag
24.90

When in Seville, we went on a walking tour to get ourselves familiarised with the city.

Read: The Ultimate Guide to Seville— What to Do & See in the Andalusian Capital

I've fallen hard for walking tours after this summer, and I'm so glad I went on 2 in Spain alone.

Across the Guadalquivir River lies the neighbourhood of Triana, so called the neighbourhood of gypsies and outcasts, where inhabitants used to identify as being from Triana before Seville. 

The draw of Triana though, apart from the flamenco flair, is Calle Betis, the riverfront promenade lined with restaurants and bars which turns into a hotspot in the evenings. 

Read: What to Eat in Seville— From Creative Tapas Restaurants to Traditional Spanish Taverns to Churros Bars

In the sleepy late afternoon though, the buildings shine in the sun as workers of each restaurant start slowly setting up for a busy evening ahead.

View the rest of the collection here.

Quantity:
Add To Cart
The Barcelona Coffeehouse Tote Bag
24.90

Barcelona wasn't on the itinerary this summer, but as you can imagine I have plenty photos from my stint 2 years ago. 

Read: What it Was Really Like Moving to Spain On My Own at 19

Read: What Moving Away From and Returning to Spain After 2 Years Felt Like

One of my favourite neighbourhoods in Barcelona is El Born, which is basically the Gothic Quarter except lined with local boutiques instead of kitsch tourist souvenir shops, which lends itself to a really nice bohemian atmosphere.

Read: Breaking Barcelona Down by Neighbourhood— The Best One For Your Needs

Not to mention some of the best tapas bars in the city can be found here, which is a major plus.

El Born's also where you get all the beauty of the Gothic Quarter, and I particularly like the doors and façade of shops and houses here. 

So here's a photograph of a coffeehouse in El Born, and I think this is quintessential Barcelona in a photograph.

View the rest of the collection here.

Quantity:
Add To Cart
Vinyls in a Vintage Store Tote Bag
24.90

When I lived in Barcelona, there were quite a few vintage clothing stores around, and this in particular was a chain of them— Flamingos Vintage Kilo. I would always walk into these stores even if I wasn't looking for anything in particular for the vibe of them. Everything about them just felt so damn cool. In this shop, I stumbled onto an area where there was a collection of vinyls, and there really is something about vinyls for me and the way they are packaged. There was no way I was leaving this store without at least a snap on the camera.

Quantity:
Add To Cart
White Spanish Towns Postcard
5.00

Andalucia in Spain may be famous for its whitewashed hilltop towns, but I got a slice of that in Sitges in Northeastern Spain, Catalonia. The streets in winter were almost completely empty save the odd resident or two going about their daily business, meaning we got to explore the entire town almost to ourselves that day.

Quantity:
Add To Cart
Spanish Wall Murals Postcard
5.00

Street art wasn't hard to find during the time I lived in Barcelona, Spain. But this by the side of a building in the town of Tarragona an hour away from Barcelona was by far the most elaborate I saw. The mural represents a celebration of Spanish culture.

Add To Cart
Ferris Wheel Postcard
5.00

In a city surrounded by hills and mountains, we took a bus up to Tibidabo, one overlooking Barcelona which featured a theme park and church at the top. I took this of the ferris wheel at the Parc d'Attracions Tibidabo.

Quantity:
Add To Cart
Wish You Were Here Postcard
5.00

I love neon signs, and this "wish you were here" one welcomed visitors during a pop-up Christmas market at the University of Barcelona that I stumbled upon. 

Add To Cart
Tarragona Views Postcard
5.00

We stumbled onto this vantage point over the town of Tarragona just south of Barcelona when we found ourselves exploring the Roman ruins downtown. The best part of travelling around in winter is that for the most part, we had all these incredible sights to ourselves.

Quantity:
Add To Cart
You and Me Against the World Postcard
5.00

During my very first trip to Barcelona, Spain, we headed to the beaches of the city in the district of Barceloneta. On a clear day, the sun brought the crowds in droves; friends playing beach football or volleyball, joggers taking in their morning ritual, groups of families and friends strolled along the promenade, and beachgoers getting out their towels and getting their best tan on. Whilst making my way down the boulevard, I managed to get this clear shot of these two palm trees right next to each other, and made me think of partners— two peas in a pod.

Add To Cart