Where to Stay in Madrid: Selection of Best Accommodation

Where to Stay in Madrid: Our selection of the best accommodation

Are you going to Madrid and wondering where to stay? What are the best neighborhoods to live in?

Madrid being a large European capital, the accommodation offer is very varied : there are hotels for all budgets and types of travellers! Whether you are looking for a youth hostel, a cheap hotel in the city center or a more upscale hotel (with a swimming pool for example!), you will find what you are looking for in this article.

And yes, thanks to my  guide to the different neighborhoods  and my selection of the best hotels and apartments in Madrid, you will know where to stay, whatever your tastes and desires!

And to find out where to stay cheap in Madrid, I give you all my advice at the end of the article ;-).

So, in which neighborhood to stay in Madrid? 

Table of Contents

In the Los Austrias neighborhood

Los Austrias is the old Madrid, historical district of the Habsburg dynasty. Organized around the Plaza Mayor, one of the emblems of Madrid, it stretches from Puerta del Sol to Calle Mayor.

With many Baroque churches, its  old palaces and monasteries dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, and classical and traditional architecture, this district is not lacking in charm: it is also one of the most touristic in the city..

I recommend this area for accommodation in Madrid :

  • If you are passionate about classical architecture
  • If you like history
  • For a true return to the past

The district is the ideal place to discover :

  • The Plaza Mayor and the place de la Villa
  • The Palacio Real, official residence of the King of Spain, and the Palace of Santa Cruz (headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
  • The Almudena Cathedral, the most important in the region and the first church in Spain to be consecrated by the Pope, and the Collegiate Church of San Isidro (which was the Cathedral of Madrid until 1993)
  • The Descalzas Reales Monastery, now a convent of nuns
  • The royal theater

Here is our selection of the best hotels in the Los Austrias district of Madrid

The Oriente Palace Apartments – from 89€

The Oriente Palace Apartments is ideally located in the heart of Los Austriasminute walk from the Palacio Real and 400 m from the Plaza Mayor. You can visit all the attractions of the neighborhood on foot.

It offers clean and spacious rooms with very neat decoration. And if you prefer to stay in an apartment in Madrid, the Oriente also offers them, but only a few. They are fully equipped with a small kitchen and microwave, very practical if you don’t always want to go out at night.

Advance reservation highly recommended!

There are many tapas bars and restaurants within a 5-minute walk. With the Opéra metro station 300 m away, it is an ideal location for visiting the rest of the city.

Oriente Palace Apartments – from 89€

Quartier Los Austrias, best accommodation in Madrid
Quartier Los Austrias – East Palace Apartments

Unique Duplex in Opera – Palace – from €115

If you are looking for an apartment to be able to be more independent and immerse yourself in local life, the  Dúplex Unico en Ópera – Palacio is an excellent compromise.

500 m from the Plaza Mayor and 700 m from the Puerta del Sol, this very functional duplex has a bedroom with a double bed and a sofa bed. If you are looking for where to stay in Madrid with your family, this is one of the best choices !

It also has great equipment, such as a dishwasher and a washing machine (ladies, if you don’t want to spend your time doing menial tasks on vacation, this is a good choice). And in the bathroom, you can enjoy the bathtub to relax!

An excellent choice for accommodation in Madrid! 

Unique Duplex in Opera – Palace – from €115

Quartier Los Austrias – Unique Duplex in Opera – Palace

Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques – from €350

The Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques is one of the Leading Hotels of the World  : it is ideal for a luxurious stay300 m from the Palacio Real, the Opera and the Cathedral.

Housed in a 19th century palace , this 5* hotel has an undeniable charm, with its design inspired by the paintings of Velázquez, its private historic garden and its gourmet restaurants serving French and Spanish cuisine.

It also includes free private parking, a panoramic terrace with rooftop pool and stunning city views, and a Thai Room wellness room.

The rooms are luxurious, equipped with Nespresso coffee machines and Clarins toiletries are even available to you.

If you are looking for a hotel in Madrid with a swimming pool, this is the best choice. It is therefore quite naturally our recommendation for a luxury stay in the Los Austrias district of Madrid.

Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques – from €350

Quartier Los Austrias, best hotel in Madrid
Quartier Los Austrias – Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques

In the Salamanca district

Built during the second half of the 19th century to house the aristocratic and bourgeois classes of Madrid, Salamanca is known as the most chic district of Madrid.

Its old-fashioned charm will seduce lovers of elegance, and its many luxury boutiques and refined restaurants are perfect for an upscale stay. If you are looking for a calm and quiet area to stay, this is the ideal area. Housing prices, on the other hand, are more expensive than in the rest of the city.

This area is ideal for accommodation in Madrid:

  • If you are looking for peace and quiet
  • If you have a high budget
  • If you like refinement and elegance
  • To do your luxury shopping and eat in Michelin-starred gourmet restaurants

Salamanca will seduce culture lovers with many museums to discover:

  • The Prado Museum
  • The National Library Museum
  • The Thyssen Museum
  • The National Archaeological Museum

Where to stay in the Salamanca district?

The ICON Casona 1900 by Petit Palace – from €160

The ICON Casona 1900 by Petit Palace boutique hotel is housed in a sublime 19th century building, with elegant and upscale decoration mixing Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

With rooms including a home automation system, a minibar and a Nespresso machine, in addition to basic amenities, and a rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the city, it will appeal to lovers of luxury.

Located 500 m from the Ruben Dario metro station, it offers the possibility of easily discovering the whole city. The famous Retiro Park is just 15 minutes away on foot.

It is our favorite for its performance / price ratio in the Salamanca district. 

ICON Casona 1900 by Petit Palace – from €160

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Salamanca district – ICON Casona 1900 by Petit Palace

The Heritage Madrid Hotel – from 270€

This 5-star hotel, housed in a listed building from the 20th century, has an undeniable charm with its 1920s decoration, inspired by the Belle Époque.

The rooms offer you all the comfort and luxury you could dream of, in a very warm atmosphere.

And as a bonus, you can enjoy the rooftop terrace to enjoy a delicious cocktail while contemplating Madrid.

Located next to Paseo de la Castellana, it is close to many gourmet restaurants.  Unless you prefer to have lunch at the hotel, in the restaurant of Chef Mario Sandoval, starred in the Michelin Guide, which serves local and Mediterranean cuisine.

Highly recommend for a romantic weekend in Madrid!

Heritage Madrid Hotel – from 270€

Quartier Salamanca – Heritage Madrid Hotel

Hotel Villa Magna – from €440

For lovers of luxury who want to be pampered during their holidays, Hotel Villa Magna is the ideal place to stay in Madrid.

It offers exclusive rooms and suites with a view of Paseo de la Castellana or Serrano Street, and equipped with antique-style furniture and a marble bathroom.

The hotel has everything you need to relax: wellness club, gym, gourmet restaurants serving local or exotic cuisine, bars and lounges.

It is located near the Milla de Oro, where you can shop in the many luxury boutiques.

This is our favorite for a 100% relaxing luxury stay in Madrid.

Hotel Villa Magna – from 440€

Salamanca District – Hotel Villa Magna

In the Malasaña neighborhood

The Malasaña district is the young, dynamic and alternative district of Madrid. Here, you’ll find thrift stores and art galleries, colorful and graffiti-covered walls, and a happy, multicultural vibe.

The best way to soak up the bohemian and underground atmosphere of Malasaña is to stroll through its maze of alleys and take the time to stop for a drink or a few tapas on the go.

Are you looking for where to stay in Madrid for a weekend? it is the district of Malasaña that I recommend to you!

And yes, the area is full of cafes, bars and clubs: it’s the perfect place to go out and party.

Housing prices are very affordable in this popular area which is ideal for people looking for entertainment.

This area is the ideal place to stay if:

  • Looking for a lively place
  • You like to go out and party
  • You are a hipster, fan of underground culture and always on the lookout for alternative works of art
  • It is also one of the best choices if you are looking for where to stay in Madrid to visit on foot.

You can discover there:

  • The Place du Dos de Mayo, center névralgique of Malasaña
  • TriBall, the sustainable neighborhood with its organic produce markets

The best hotels in the Malasana district of Madrid

The Walt Madrid – from 99€

150 m from the Gran Via, and a few minutes from the main tourist attractions (Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Palacio Real…), The Walt Madrid offers modern rooms, or family suites with an additional kitchen.

Some rooms also have a private terrace.

It is an excellent compromise for those who want to stay in the lively district of Malasaña and be in the heart of Madrid.

The Walt Madrid – from 99€

Malasana Quarter – The Walt Madrid

Malasana Urban – MADFlats Collection – from 130€

Here is one of the best choices if you are looking for where to stay in Madrid during a romantic weekend.

Malasana Urban – MADFlats Collection offers modern and luxurious apartments of 60 m². Decorated in a contemporary style, they are very well equipped with oven, dishwasher, washing machine…

The accommodations are designed  for two people but can also accommodate a family of 4 if you are visiting Madrid with your children.

Couples will be satisfied in this spacious and comfortable apartment : we recommend it for a romantic stay in Madrid.

They also offer excellent value for money! 

Malasana Urban – MADFlats Collection – from 130€

Malasana District – Malasana Urban – MADFlats Collection

Vipstaymadrid Malasaña – from €200

This 80 m² apartment is ideal if you are traveling with others, with friends or family: with 3 bedrooms, a living room and a bathroom, it can accommodate up to 8 people.

It is ideally located 700 m from Calle Princesa, 1.3 km from Puerta del Sol and 1.4 km from Plaza Mayor.

Clean and modern in design, with exposed brick walls and minimalist decoration, it offers excellent value for money.

This is undoubtedly the best choice of apartment for a trip to Madrid with friends. All you have to do is go out into the street to be at the heart of the neighborhood’s trendy parties.

This apartment is also perfect if you are looking for a place to stay in Madrid with your family.

Vipstaymadrid Malasaña – from €200

Quartier Malasaña – Vipstaymadrid Malasaña

In the Lavapies district

The Lavapies district is the popular and multicultural district of Madrid. Long considered a disreputable district, it has since been rehabilitated and is now a must during a stay in Madrid.

Away from the center, it gives the impression of being in a completely different city, with its African and Asian communities, its small squares lined with café terraces and its local shops.

In the evening, small concerts are organized in the bars, to the delight of locals and tourists alike.

As the area is rather out of the way, it still benefits from low housing prices.

I recommend that you stay in Lavapiés:

  • If you want to immerse yourself in a multicultural atmosphere
  • To meet locals
  • If you have a low budget
  • To discover bohemian and popular Madrid, far from tourists and bourgeois neighborhoods

You will discover in this district:

  • Place Lavapiés, epicenter of the district
  • The San Fernando covered market and its typical fresh products of Madrid gastronomy
  • Argumosa street, lively at all hours of the day and night
  • La Tabacalera, a former tobacco factory transformed into a collective exhibition space

The best accommodations in the Lavapies district of Madrid

Hotel Mediodia – from 70€

Ideally located in the Lavapies district100 m from Atocha station and the Reina Sofia museum, the Mediodia hotel offers good value for money.

The hotel itself is a magnificent building from the beginning of the 20th century, with original stained glass windows and a very beautiful staircase in the entrance.

Its rooms are basic but very comfortable with good bedding and impeccable cleanliness.

Hotel Mediodia – from 70€

Lavapies district – Hotel Mediodia

The Artrip Hotel – from 115€

The Artrip Hotel offers bright and comfortable rooms with a minimalist design, some of which have a balcony.

Decorated with numerous works of art, and located near major museums in Madrid (the Reina Sofía museum 500 m away and the Prado museum 15 minutes away on foot), it will appeal to culture lovers.

The staff is very welcoming and will be happy to advise you on your visit. And, to be noted, because quite rare, drinks are available to you at will.

It is located 10 minutes on foot from the Atocha metro station, which allows you to visit the whole city despite the eccentric character of the district.

An excellent choice for accommodation in the Lavapies district of Madrid. 

Artrip Hotel – from 115€

Lavapies district – Artrip Hotel

The Tryp Madrid Atocha Hotel – from €160

Conveniently located near the Prado and Reina Sofia museums, and right next to Anton Martin metro station.

 The Tryp Madrid Atocha Hotel welcomes you with spacious and elegant rooms with wooden floors, modern and air-conditioned.

The service is impeccable  : clean, welcoming, everything is there to allow you to have a pleasant stay in Madrid.

The breakfast is varied and of good quality. And for the evening, you can enjoy one of the many restaurants or tapas bars located nearby.

Tryp Madrid Atocha Hotel – from 160€

Lavapies district – Tryp Madrid Atocha Hotel

In the La Latina neighborhood

Former Moorish quarter, La Latina is the traditional district of Madrid.

It is a very picturesque district, with its old narrow medieval streets, its romantic little squares, and its many green spaces.

You will find many tapas bars and outdoor cafés in this area .

It is also here that we find the famous El Rastro flea market, very lively and with a special atmosphere. Take the time to stroll among the stalls and immerse yourself in local life.

This area is ideal for accommodation in Madrid:

  • If you are a party animal
  • If you are looking for a lively place
  • If you are a history buff

The main points of interest in the La Latina neighborhood are:

  • El Rastro Flea Market
  • The places: the Plaza de la Cebada, the Plaza de los Carros, the Plaza de la Paja …
  • The Jardin de las Vistillas and its magnificent views of the city
  • Cava Baja street, very lively in the evening with many bars.

It’s not the most popular area with tourists, but it’s definitely a cool area to stay in Madrid.

Accommodation in the La Latina district of Madrid

L&H La Latina – from 70€

The L&H La Latina offers apartments and studios at low prices in a quiet area of ​​the La Latina district.

Equipped with a bedroom with a large double bed for the apartments, a kitchen with microwave and hotplates, and for some, a terrace or a balcony, the interior is spacious and modern. Everything is furnished with great taste.

It is ideally located 350 meters from the Puerta de Toledo metro station, and 800 m from the Almudena Cathedral and the Palacio Real.

The location is perfect for exploring Madrid on foot, with many of the sights nearby.

L&H La Latina – from 70€

Quartier La Latina – L&L La Latina

Posada del Dragón Boutique Hotel – from €150

The boutique Hotel Posada del Dragón is located 200 m from La Latina metro station100 m from Plaza Mayor and a 5-minute walk from San Miguel market.

The rooms, with colorful and ultra-modern decoration, are comfortable, soundproofed and air-conditioned. The decoration is modern, in the spirit of a boutique hotel, and the hotel restaurant, which serves modern regional cuisine, is of very good quality.

The hotel also offers a bicycle rental service, and the staff, always available, will gladly give you advice on preparing for your visit to Madrid.

Posada del Dragón Boutique Hotel – from €150

Quartier La Latina – Posada del Dragon Boutique Hotel

El Rastro Apartments – from €200

Very clean and comfortable independent apartments, Apartamentos El Rastro   is ideal for a stay with family or friends.

Able to accommodate up to 12 people, thanks to 3 bedrooms and a large living room, the apartments are well laid out, with a kitchen equipped with an oven and a dishwasher and large convivial spaces to share moments with friends.

We appreciate the warm welcome from Carmen, the owner, and the little touches like the pastries for breakfast.

Plaza Mayor is 800 m away and Puerta del Sol 1 km away.

This apartment is our favorite for a stay with friends in Madrid.

El Rastro Apartments – from €200

Quartier La Latina – El Rastro Apartments

In the Retiro district

The Retiro district is a bit like the “green lung” of Madrid, with the 118-hectare Retiro Park, where locals like to spend time when the weather is nice.

It is therefore a rather calm and pleasant district , very residential, where there are more middle classes than in the upscale neighboring district of Salamanca, north of the Retiro.

The Retiro district is ideal for accommodation in Madrid:

  • If you are looking for a quiet neighborhood
  • For nature lovers

To visit in the Retiro district:

  • Retiro Park
  • Palacio de Velazquez and Palacio de Cristal (in the park)

Where to stay in Madrid in the Retiro district?

Claridge Madrid – from 90€

Located near Conde de Casal metro station and a 10-minute walk from Retiro ParkHotel Claridge Madrid is spacious, modern and stylish.

It offers you well-equipped rooms ; suites with stunning city views, living rooms, and hydromassage tubs; as well as various facilities (gym, restaurant, snack bar, room service).

You can also rent bikes or cars there .

One of the best choices for accommodation in Madrid and easy travel to visit. 

Claridge Madrid – from 90€

Quartier Retiro – Claridge Madrid

Only YOU Hotel Atocha – from €200

The Only YOU Hotel Atocha, housed in a magnificent 19th century building , is located 150 m from Atocha station and 10 minutes from the metro.

It is all-comfort and offers a view of Paseo Infanta Isabel and Calle Alfonso XII.

The atmosphere is young and dynamic, with a weekly rooftop party on the 7th floor roof terrace .

Breakfast is served on this same terrace with a bird’s eye view of the city, and the hotel restaurant offers simply delicious cuisine. 

Only YOU Hotel Atocha – from €200

Quartier Retiro – Only YOU Hotel Atocha

The Palacio del Retiro Hotel – from €310

This exceptional hotel is located just opposite the Retiro Park.

Housed in a listed building, the 5* hotel offers luxurious and ultra-modern rooms and suites, as well as facilities such as a gym or a sauna.

It is very well located, 500 m from the Prado Museum and 600 m from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. The Retiro metro station is only 350 m away, so you can easily visit the rest of the city and the surrounding area.

This is our favorite for a luxury hotel in the Retiro district.

Hotel Palacio del Retiro – from €310

Retiro Quarter – Retiro Palace Hotel

In the Sol and Gran Vía district

The Sol and Gran Vía neighborhoods are the commercial districts of the city.

It is in this central area,  and close to everything, that kilometer zero is located and the starting point for many tourist circuits  in the city, but also in Spain. Looking for where to stay in Madrid to visit? they are, together with Malasaña and Chueca, among the best neighborhoods.

These are therefore the privileged areas of tourists and they are constantly crowded and lively.

From local boutiques to major brands, you can find everything and shopping enthusiasts will have a great time there, especially on the Gran Vía, the city’s emblem.

In the evening, it is the place to go out to see a concert, a play or a typical show.

I recommend this area for accommodation in Madrid:

  • If you are looking for a lively area
  • If you have the budget, because it is a more expensive district than the rest of the city (even if the prices remain affordable)
  • If you are addicted to shopping
  • As a starting point for a city tour or a tour in Spain

Do not miss in the neighborhood:

  • The Plaza Mayor and the Puerta del Sol, major centers of the city
  • The famous Gran Vía, the city’s main thoroughfare where you’ll find most of Madrid’s major shopping brands
  • The Casino of Madrid
  • The many statues  : the statue of the bear and the strawberry tree, the equestrian statue of Charles III of Spain, the statue of Mariblanca
  • Les magnifiques façades (the Metropolis, the Carrion or encore the Royal Oratory of the Knight of Grace)

Here is our selection of the best hotels in the Sol and Gran Vía districts of Madrid

The Guestped – from 70€

The Guestped is located 100 m from Gran Vía and 2 minutes walk from the metro station of the same name4 minutes from Puerta del Sol and 15 minutes from Palacio Real.

For the location and the quality of the rooms (clean, comfortable, with a view of the city), the price is really reasonable.

The welcome is exceptional, and you can benefit from advice on visits at the reception. It is clearly the hotel with the best price/performance ratio if you are looking for a place to stay in Madrid in the city center for not too much money!

Remember to book in advance, because at this price, rooms are going very quickly and availability is limited.

Guestped – from 70€

Quartier Sol et Gran Via – Guestped

VP Plaza Espana Design – from 200€

The VP Plaza España Design is located south of the Plaza de España in the Gran Vía quarter.

It offers 5-star accommodation, with superb and quiet rooms, most of which have a terrace, as well as numerous luxurious facilities (indoor swimming pool, wellness centre, car park).

The Botania restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisine and the Ginkgo Sky Bar allows you to have a drink with a magnificent view of the city.

The Plaza de España metro station is a 1-minute walk away, and all the main tourist attractions are a few hundred meters away (the Palacio Real, the Almudena Cathedral…).

If you want to treat yourself and are looking for a romantic place to stay in Madrid, spend a night at the VP Plaza! 

VP Plaza Espana Design – from 200€

Quartier Gran Via – VP Plaza España Design

The Casagrand Madrid – from 300€

The Casagrand Madrid offers several luxurious apartments.

They are spacious, modern and all offer extreme comfort with a kitchen equipped with an oven, a dishwasher and a microwave. The apartments range from 1 to 4 bedrooms and can therefore accommodate between 2 and 8 people.

They are located  right in the center of Madrid500 m from Puerta de Alcalá and 900 m from Paseo del Prado. The neighborhood is super nice with lots of restaurants.

A very good choice if you want to be independent to discover Madrid.

Casagrand Madrid – from 300€

Quartier Sol and Gran Via – Casagrand Madrid

In the Chueca neighborhood

Do you like to party and are you looking for where to stay during your stay in Madrid?

The Chueca district is the festive district of Madrid  : always lively, day and night, it is the landmark of partygoers. It is also the neighborhood of the gay community.

Like the district of Malasaña, it was once considered a neighborhood to be avoided, but has been rehabilitated, thanks in particular to the rise of many bars and clubs which make it the epicenter of Madrid’s nightlife.

Tourists come from all over the world to test “Las noches locas de Chueca”.

The district is also attractive during the day, with its many avant-garde restaurants and shops, and its rich cultural and historical heritage.

For accommodation, there are many apartments rather than hotels, which adds to the charm of the district and allows you to immerse yourself in local life.

Why stay in the Chueca district? 

  • To experience the crazy nights of Chueca
  • To live unique culinary experiences

It is also an excellent choice for accommodation and easily visiting Madrid on foot.

Things to see and do in the Chueca district:

  • The History Museum of Madrid and its Baroque art collection
  • The Museum of Romanticism, housed in an 18th century palace and housing a magnificent collection of decorative arts from Madrid’s Romantic period
  • The Palace of Longoria, a magnificent modernist building, and its elegant iron and glass dome
  • The Casa de las Siete Chimeneas, seat of the Ministry of Culture

Where to stay in the Chueca district of Madrid?

Le B&B Hotel Fuencarral 52 – from €77

Housed in a 19th century buildingB&B Hotel Fuencarral 52 offers spacious rooms with elegant décor.

Featuring a rooftop terrace with city views, it is ideal for spending a relaxing stay in the bustling Chueca neighborhood and recharging your batteries after wild nights in the nearby nightclubs.

The hotel is right in front of the Fuencarral market10 minutes walk from Puerta del Sol, and only 300 m from Chueca metro station.

If you have a limited budget, this is a very good choice for accommodation in Chueca. 

B&B Hotel Fuencarral 52 – from €77

Quartier Chueca – B&B Hotel Fuencarral 52

Room Mate Oscar – from 125€

The Room Mate Oscar hotel is conveniently located between Gran Vía and Chueca.

The brightly colored decor immediately sets the tone: young, festive, friendly, this hotel will make you feel at home.

The hotel has a rooftop terrace with an indoor swimming pool and a view of the city, where you can have a drink or have breakfast.

At 5 minutes walk, you have the Gran Vía metro, and at 800 m, the Plaza Mayor and the Puerta del Sol. It is an excellent compromise to enjoy both the tourist attractions of Gran Vía-Sol and the nightlife of Chueca.

For its decoration and its price/performance ratio, it is one of our big favorites for staying in Madrid! 

Room Mate Oscar – from 125€

Quartier Chueca – Room Mate Oscar

URSO Hotel & Spa – from €180

A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the URSO Hotel & Spa is housed in a restored Palace, and its interior is elegant, designer and upscale.

The rooms of this 5* hotel are modern, well equipped and very quiet. Ideal for a good night’s rest after a day spent exploring Madrid.

To relax, you can also take advantage of  its Spa Natura Bissé. It is very famous, with its massages, its gym and an aquatic area.

And, every Saturday evening, you can come and listen to jazz in the hotel lobby. It is one of the best places to stay in Madrid.

Its location is ideal, 5 minutes walk from the Alonso Martinez metro station.

URSO Hotel & Spa – from €180

Quartier Chueca – URSO Hotel & Spa

In the literary district

The Barrio de las Letras or quarter of letters is the former cultural epicenter of Madrid: place of residence of many writers in the past (Cervantes and Lope de Vega, among others), it has kept its charm with its small alleys and cobblestones , some of which are engraved with famous poems (on the Calle de las Huertas side ).

If today, the district has lost its bohemian atmosphere to give way to tourists, its visit remains essential in a stay in Madrid.

This neighborhood will suit you perfectly:

  • For lovers of culture, and in particular literature
  • For history buffs

The district is the ideal place to discover:

  • Plaza Santa Anna et sa statue de l’écrivain Federico Garcia Lorca
  • The Teatro Español, formerly Teatro del Príncipe, which had its heyday in the golden age of Spanish literature
  • The Teatro de la Cruz which has hosted the greatest masterpieces such as the opera The Barber of Seville by Rossini

Our selection of the best hotels in Madrid’s Literary Quarter

Le Catalonia Puerta del Sol – from €95

A few minutes from Puerta del Sol and next to Plaza Santa Anna, this hotel housed in a magnificent 18th century building offers elegant rooms with parquet floors and everything you need for a pleasant stay.

Very tasteful decoration perfectly combining the old and the modern.

The interior patio surmounted by a crystal dome is ideal for relaxing, as are the rooms which are very quiet.

You will even benefit from a “tea time” with tapas offered every day around 5pm!

Catalonia Puerta del Sol – from €95

Quartier des lettres – Catalonia Puerta del Sol

The DoubleTree by Hilton Madrid-Prado – from €190

300 m from Paseo del Prado and 400 m from the museum of the same name, this hotel offers elegant, spacious and modern rooms, some with balcony, as well as many facilities (gym, business center, Asian restaurant, etc.) .

The staff is always available and attentive and will be able to guide you on the visits to do and the restaurants to try during your holidays in Madrid.

The location is perfect for staying in the heart of Madrid!

DoubleTree by Hilton Madrid-Prado – from €190

Quartier des lettres – DoubleTree by Hilton Madrid-Prado

The Gran Hotel Inglés – from 274€

Housed in a 19th century building and located 300 m from Puerta del Sol and 600 from Madrid’s main museums, the hotel offers an excellent location for exploring Madrid on foot.

The rooms of this 5* hotel are luxurious and decorated in an Art Deco style. They all have a lounge area and the bedding is extremely comfortable, to guarantee you a good night’s rest!

This luxury establishment also has a luxury Mediterranean restaurant, a cocktail bar and a wellness centre.

All the conditions are met to spend a dream stay in Madrid.

I highly recommend it if you want to treat yourself in a quality establishment. 

Gran Hotel Inglés – from €274

Literary quarter – Gran Hotel Inglés

Where to Stay in Madrid for Cheap

Good news: overall, Madrid is not a very expensive city when it comes to accommodation. There are many choices of inexpensive accommodation, especially on the Chueca side where everything is accessible on foot.

I have selected a few addresses for you that offer excellent value for money for cheap accommodation in Madrid:

  • The Woohoo Hostal Madrid : this guest house offers dorm beds or rooms in the heart of Madrid (60 m from Gran Vía and 450 m from Puerta del Sol), from just €11 The shared lounge and kitchen are handy for cooking your own meals if you don’t have the budget to go to the restaurant every day! A little extra: activities and excursions are organized by the establishment. A good choice to stay in the center of Madrid on the cheap.
  • Le Motion Chueca  : in the heart of Chueca and only 250 m from Gran Vía, this youth hostel is very clean, quiet and comfortable for only €19 per night, with breakfast included. The best good housing plan for cheap accommodation in Madrid.
  • The Safestay Madrid  : located in the center of Madrid, 5 minutes from the lively district of Chueca, this guest house is housed in a magnificent building and offers modern and airy rooms (dormitory or not). Bed in dormitory with private bathroom from €20.
  • The Ibis Budget Madrid Centro Las Ventas is a good choice if you don’t want to stay in a hostel but don’t have a lot of budget. Located in the Ciudad Lineal district, a stone’s throw from the center of Madrid and next to the metro (El Carmen station),  for 39€, it offers fully equipped and air-conditioned rooms. One of the cheapest accommodations in Madrid.
  • The  Avenida De America Tijcal  aparthotel (in the Salamanca district) is a good compromise if you want to be independent while benefiting from the services of a hotel, from 49€. A little extra if you are traveling alone: ​​the common lounge will allow you to meet other travellers!
  • For those who wish to stay in apartments , the Apartamentos El Capricho in Madrid are ideal, from €50 and in the La Latina district. The apartments are well equipped, elegant and modern, with some of them having a balcony.
  • If you are looking for a budget hotel in a quiet location, the Senator Castellana is for you: located in the Tetuan district (Madrid’s financial center), close to transport, it offers well-equipped rooms as well as facilities such as a swimming pool and private parking from €60.
  • Hotel Vía Castellana : This is one of the best choices if you are looking for a top-of-the-range (4*) inexpensive hotel. It is located in the Chamartin district (Madrid’s business district), a little away from the city center. The big advantage of this hotel is that it is close to the train station, and trains connect the city center in just 10 minutes.

What is the best hotel in Madrid?

If you are looking to stay in the  best hotel in Madrid, I highly recommend the Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques hotel  in the historic district of Los Austrias. This is clearly the best luxury hotel in Madrid. You can also enjoy one of its 3 restaurants for a delicious meal.  

Where to stay in Madrid: The summary table of the best hotels

So that you have a better idea of ​​the hotels where to stay in Madrid, whether in the city center or elsewhere, I have made a table that summarizes all the ones I am talking about in this article. You can sort them by price or by neighborhood!

And you, where do you plan to stay during your stay in Madrid?

Camille L.

Passionate about foreign languages, cooking and writing. I wish to share with you the places, the meetings and the gastronomic discoveries which gave relief to my travels.

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