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Wondering what are the best areas to stay in Madrid? Wonder no more. My favorite city in Spain has you covered with several central neighborhoods I know you’ll love (seriously, just talking about it makes me want to book a flight). Plus, it’s incredibly easy to get around, so you can also find accommodation in quieter areas and use the Metro. So without further ado, here’s my guide to the best neighborhoods to stay in Madrid (including accommodation options for every budget!).
Read more about Madrid:
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- Non touristy things to do in Madrid
- Tips for visiting Madrid like a Pro
- Breakfast and brunch in Madrid
- Walking tours in Madrid
- What to pack for Madrid
* I haven’t stayed at every hotel I mention below, but each one is well-researched and has high ratings of 8+ on Booking.com. That said, you should always read the reviews and all the details about the facilities and services to see if they match your needs.
THINGS TO NOTICE BEFORE BOOKING ACCOMMODATION IN MADRID
Elevator: Many guesthouses and hostels in Madrid are housed in residential buildings that don’t have elevators. If having an elevator is important to you, be sure to include that in your search filters.
Breakfast: Many accommodations do offer breakfast, but I personally don’t think it’s necessary. There are so many amazing cafes in Madrid to have breakfast or brunch, and to me, that’s a big part of getting to know a city.
Location vs noise: Madrid is a city that never sleeps, and a lot of central streets can get quite noisy at night, so consider that when booking your accommodation. If that’s a deal-breaker to you, read the reviews to see if there are any complaints about noise.
Tip: If you have an early flight to catch, you can also find hotels and hostels near Madrid’s airport.
WHERE TO STAY IN MADRID IF YOU WANT TO BE IN THE HEART OF THE CITY: SOL-GRAN VIA
Probably the most famous and busiest touristy area in the city, this neighborhood is located in the heart of Madrid between Gran Via Street and Puerta del Sol (and its surrounding streets).
Apart from the countless shops and restaurants, you’ll find the iconic statue of El Oso y el Madroño (The Bear and the Strawberry Tree) that represents the coat of arms of Madrid, the Insta-famous Metropolis Building, and the 18-century Royal Post Office.
Room007 Ventura Hostel: For those who don’t mind sharing a room with other travelers, this hostel offers dorm rooms with lockers and a private bathroom. The reception works 24/7, there’s an on-site restaurant, and you can also choose whether to pay for a continental breakfast. Read reviews and check prices here.
Hostal Río Paraná: Housed in a 19-century building, this guest house is located near Puerta del Sol and offers simple private rooms (for up to three people) with private bathrooms and flat-screen tv. Read reviews and check prices here.
Hostal Ivor: My personal experience in this guest house was very positive. My room was simple yet clean and comfortable, the staff was friendly and helpful, and the location was great. If you’re looking for basic and central accommodation, this is a good choice. Read reviews and check prices here.
Preciados: Housed in a restored 19th-century building, this 4-star hotel offers modern and spacious rooms, optional breakfast and dinner, an on-site restaurant, and many other services. It’s also located only a minute walk away from Gran Via Street. Read reviews and check prices here.
THE OLDEST PART OF MADRID: LOS AUSTRIAS
Located west of Sol-Gran Via, this area is filled with Madrid’s most famous historical landmarks like the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, and the Almudena Cathedral. Another famous place to visit is the indoor food market, Mercado de San Miguel, but there are plenty of other places to eat and drink in the neighborhood. Many venues and cafes in Las Austrias also host live music shows for you to enjoy.
Oriente Palace Apartments: Located right next to the Royal Palace, this apartment hotel offers stylish double rooms and fully equipped apartments, 24/7 reception, and optional breakfast. Read reviews and check prices here.
HIPSTER AND VIBRANT: MALASAÑA
Located north of Gran Via Street, Malasaña has to be one of my most favorite neighborhoods in Madrid. I was especially drawn to its hipster/bohemian and youthful vibes that can win you over in a heart bit.
From the abundance of trendy cafes and traditional tapas bars to art galleries and concept shops to colorful street art and a lively nightlife scene, anyone can find something to love about Malasaña.
Hostal Maria Cristina: I had a great experience in this place. Apart from its central location right between Malasaña and Chueca, my room was spacious, super clean and comfortable, and the staff was always welcoming. Read reviews and check prices here.
Hostal Silserranos: Located near the Metro station of Tribunal, this 2-star guest house offers simple and clean rooms for up to 4 people. The reception works 24/7, and there’s a coffee vending machine for your convenience. Read reviews and check prices here.
FULL OF SPANISH LITERATURE HISTORY: BARRIO DE LAS LETRAS
I completely fell in love with the boasting-of-charm Barrio de las Letras (Literary Quarter). With its typical (and beautiful) Madridian streets, traditional taverns, and rich cultural history, I was hooked from the very first second.
Spain’s finest writers and artists like Cervantes and Lope de Vega found a home in this neighborhood, and their influence is still very present today. You’ll see Cervantes’ house and grave, the statue of Federico García Lorca, old theatres, literary quotes written on the ground, and a lot more. Both intriguing and central, it is a great area to stay in Madrid.
Tip: To learn more about the neighborhood’s history (not in a boring way), I highly recommend taking this INCREDIBLE free walking tour.
Hostal Carracedo: With different discounts offered on Booking.com, the prices of a double room in this guest house start at only 45 Euros. All rooms include flat-screen tv, toiletries, a closet, and a safe. Read reviews and check prices here.
Hostal Royal Cruz: With a central location, clean noise-proof rooms, 24/7 reception, and continental breakfast included in the price, this 3-star guest house gets high scores on every single aspect. Read reviews and check prices here.
CoolRooms Atocha: Offering big elegant rooms and suites, this 4-star hotel also has two on-site restaurants and a courtyard with a small pool. The price also includes a breakfast buffet. Read reviews and check prices here.
BEST AREA TO STAY IN MADRID IF YOU’RE A TAPAS BAR ADDICT: LA LATINA
Located south-west of Sol-Gran Via, La Latina has it all. From medieval streets and squares to the most amazing tapas bars to El Rastro flea market to throbbing nightlife, you will never be bored here.
La Latina is also home to some of Madrid’s oldest churches and several museums. Its old-town magic and its liveliness create a unique atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else.
Ganivet: This 3-star hotel is located next to Puerta de Toledo Metro station and offers spacious rooms, 24/7 reception, and an optional breakfast served at the on-site cafe/bar. Read reviews and check prices here.
Posada del León de Oro: Located near Plaza Mayor, this 4-star boutique hotel offers both standard double rooms and suites, an optional breakfast buffet, and an on-site restaurant. Read reviews and check prices here.
Located north of Gran Via Street, Chueca is known as Madrid’s LGBT neighborhood. With a buzzing nightlife scene, modern cafes and restaurants, and plenty of shops, this area is full of life 24/7. In Chueca, you’ll also find the incredible indoor food market Mercado San Anton and the Museum of Romanticism.
Hostal Zamora: Close the Metro stations of Chueca and Gran Via, this 2-star guest house offers clean and comfortable rooms and 24/7 reception. There are also vending machines if you want to buy some snacks or drinks. Read reviews and check prices here.
Lusso Infantas: Housed in a 19-century building, this 4-star hotel offers modern spacious rooms equipped with everything you’ll need including a smartphone with internet access you can take with you and use for free while wandering the city. There’s also an on-site bar and an optional continental breakfast. Read reviews and check prices here.
BEST NEIGHBORHOOD TO STAY IN MADRID FOR LUXURY LOVERS: SALAMANCA
Luxurious, elegant, and exclusive are a good way to describe Salamanca, the neighborhood located north of El Retiro Park. With high-end stores, Michelin-starred restaurants, and posh nightclubs and cocktail bars, you can understand the type of vibes you’ll feel in this area.
Hospes Puerta de Alcalá: Housed in a 19-century building, this 5-star hotel offers big elegant rooms as well as many VIP services and facilities including a spa area. It’s also located right next to El Retiro Park. Read reviews and check prices here.
MULTICULTURAL AND DIFFERENT: LAVAPIES
While not nearly as glamorous as Salamanca, Lavapies is another unique area in Madrid. Located south of Sol-Gran Via and Barrio de las Letras, it has always been the home of the lower classes, and it’s considered a multicultural neighborhood. In Lavapies, you’ll find cultural spaces and theatres, an international culinary scene, and examples of traditional Madridian residential buildings called corralas.
2060 The Newton Hostel: This hostel offers an excellent location near Tirso de Molina Metro station, 24/7 reception, and shared kitchen and lounge area. You can also choose between dorms and private rooms with a private bathroom. Read reviews and check prices here.
Hola Rooms: Offering stylish private rooms for up to 4 people and a central location near Tirso de Molina Metro station, this guest house gets high scores on every aspect. Read reviews and check prices here.
Artrip Hotel: Apart from standard rooms, this hotel also offers suites for those looking for something more upscale. The reception works 24/7, and you also can choose to pay for a continental breakfast. Read reviews and check prices here.
The iconic and beloved El Retiro Park covers most of the area of this neighborhood, so this is the place to stay if you want easy and quick access to it.
Claridge Madrid: This 4-star hotel offers elegant rooms, an optional breakfast, and an on-site restaurant. It’s also located right next to the Metro station of Conde de Casal. Read reviews and check prices here.
BEST PLACE TO STAY IN MADRID FOR ART LOVERS: PASEO DEL ARTE
Even if you’re not an art fan, a trip to Madrid has to include at least one of its three major art museums – the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum, and the Reina Sofia Museum.
If you want to be at the reach of these world-famous institutions, as well as other cultural spots, choose to stay along the Paseo del Arte (located west of Retiro).
Tip: To skip the lines at all three museums, you can book a combined ticket online.
Hotel Paseo Del Arte: This 4-star hotel offers spacious modern rooms, an on-site restaurant, and an optional breakfast. Some rooms also have a balcony overlooking the city. Read reviews and check prices here.
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