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The best places to stay in Madrid

Madrid is packed with great accommodation, but how to find the true standouts? What are the best places to stay in Madrid? No worries because I’ve done all the work for you!

If you’re looking to book a place to stay, you can’t go wrong with any of the Madrid hotels or hostels on this list. They’re at the top of their class for a reason, or, to be exact, several ones: location, service, facilities and value.

As always, you have all the information on a specific map of accommodation in Madrid. And remember, you can use this map at home and while you’re traveling in Spain. We tell you about it on the Madrid Traveller maps page, where you also have links to all the other maps.

Here is a list of what I consider to be the best places to stay in Madrid.


Best places to stay in Madrid: luxury hotels

Hotel Ritz: Opulent and exclusive, the Ritz Madrid offers an experience unlike any other. One of Europe’s greatest hotels, it overlooks the Prado Museum, the Thyssen Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía with the Picasso collection. If you are looking for classy luxury, this could well be your choice.

URSO Hotel & Spa: With its neoclassical façade, grand marble entryway, delicately floral-wallpapered breakfast room, and modern spa, this 78-room former palace adds a gracious note to a quiet side street near the trendy Malasaña and Chueca neighborhoods.

Hospes Puerta de Alcalá: This charming boutique hotel is located on the Plaza de la Independencia, and within walking distance of major sights such as the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofía Museum and the Cibeles Fountain. Formerly a 19th century townhouse, the rooms have huge wooden doors and high ceilings; although all are different, they are decorated in calming shades of white, grey and purple. Definitely one of the best places to stay in Madrid!


Best places to stay in Madrid: boutique hotels

TÓTEM: Located in the city’s elegant and upmarket Salamanca neighborhood, the TOTEM is a favorite of mine among boutique hotels in Madrid. The discretely marked entrance of the handsome 19th century corner block opens into a naturally lit lobby. Each room is dominated by large windows that overlook either broad leafy streets or the internal courtyard bar, while the black marbled bathrooms are stocked with organic and natural amenities.

Only YOU Boutique Hotel: This hotel has been designed just for you, to make your stay in Madrid unique, whether you’re visiting the capital for business or pleasure. The beautiful building (an old 19th century mansion) is enhanced by a cozy interior design, giving the hotel a transgressive feel with colonial touches.

Catalonia Las Cortes: This initially unassuming 18th century palace has been beautifully restored and retains much of its elegant baroque-style interiors – the suites’ ceiling frescoes are particularly striking. The location makes an excellent base for exploring the city, including the Prado Museum, well within walking distance.


Best places to stay in Madrid: holiday properties

San Miguel Suites: This 5-apartment property is located a few steps away from the Plaza Mayor. All units have air conditioning, free WiFi and include a flat-screen TV, towels and bed linen. The kitchen is fully equipped and it includes an oven, a dishwasher, a microwave, a toaster, as well as a coffee machine and a kettle.

Madrid Apartments Gran Vía: The property houses 8 apartments, some with a terrace and views of the city. All of them are air-conditioned and fitted with a satellite flat-screen TV, towels, bed linen and free WiFi. There is also a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher, an oven and a coffee machine. Each unit has a private bathroom with complimentary toiletries, making them one of the best places to stay in Madrid.

Slow Suites Augusto: Located just a few steps away from Chueca metro station and the popular shopping area around Calle Fuencarral, Slow Suites Augusto provides accommodation in the heart of Madrid with modern decor and free WiFi. These 5-apartment property offers one or two bedroom units with a dinning and living room area with smart TV and a double sofa bed. It also has a full equipped kitchen with a washing machine, a dishwasher, a microwave, a toaster and an iron.


Best places to stay in Madrid: mid-range hotels

Room Mate Laura: This hotel is the best of both worlds. Inside, this recently built hotel offers the modern comforts and conveniences you crave. Outside, it authentically re-creates the charming architecture of the 19th century. Inside, the rooms, which stand out for their avant-garde décor, give you a stylishly warm welcome so you feel its one of the best places to stay in Madrid.

B&B Hotels Fuencarral 52: The hotel occupies a building built in 1830, thanks to a comprehensive rehabilitation project conducted in 2015, and offers a stylish, modern and functional design. Do not miss the panoramic lift vertical garden overlooking the inner courtyard! Spacious, bright and perfectly soundproofed rooms with an elegant design and a great mix of light and color, are very well equipped.

One Shot Prado 23: This stylish 42-room boutique hotel located in the Barrio de las Letras, Madrid’s “Literary Quarter”, has a creative, design-forward vibe, from the funky lobby deer sculpture to the colorful, industrial-chic guest room decor complete with Hopper-inspired photography on the walls. Its central location means there are plenty of bars, cafes, restaurants, and nightlife options nearby. And it is a short walk to Madrid’s three major art museums, the Prado, the Thyssen and the Reina Sofía.


Best places to stay in Madrid: budget hotels

Francisco I: It’s located in the charming Austrias neighborhood, near the Royal Palace and the Plaza Mayor. This retro charm 65-room hotel is especially stylish for a budget hotel, and some include a small balcony that look out on the street.

Room Mate Mario: The Mario is one of the Room Mate chain’s more budget-friendly options, and caters to a younger crowd. It has a modern atmosphere and lower prices than other properties in the area. The hotel has a great location on a quiet street in the city center, and it’s within fast walking distance of attractions, including the Royal Theater.

Sleep’n Atocha: Just steps from Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, this hotel is a perfect base for exploring Madrid. Managed by a multilingual staff, it offers a convenience store, a library and a lounge where you can grab a bite at the café or sip a cocktail.


Best places to stay in Madrid: hostels

The Hat Madrid: Just a 2-minute walk from Plaza Mayor, The Hat hikes up the standard of Madrid hostels with the style of a boutique hotel and lots of good ideas for a comfortable, fun stay without paying silly prices. Sights, shops and restaurants are on the doorstep and there is a groovy bar up on the roof. Unsurprisingly, it attracts all ages.

Sungate ONE: The mixed or female dorms and double rooms are spacious, bright and specially designed for backpackers. All of them are equipped with air-conditioning and lockers. There is a nice common area you can chill out or socialize with fellow travellers and the staff, or make a good use of the fully equipped kitchen.

Ok Hostel Madrid: This hostel is housed in a historical building located in the bohemian neighborhood of La Latina. You are surrounded by restaurants, and tapas bars with La Latina metro station is only 200 meters away. The rooms are painted in a combination of bright red and white and are furnished with pale wooden desks and bed frames.


Best places to stay in Madrid: airport hotels

Hilton Madrid Airport: A big hotel with the design and room sizes that are traditional at the Hilton brand, but in the middle of an industrial park. The good (very good) is that their transfer bus to the airport runs every 20 minutes from 4:00 and they are literally next to Terminal 1 (T1). They also have a swimming pool you can use all year long.

Crowne Plaza Madrid Airport: It’s located in a business district near the airport. There are no shops or services in the surrounding area. The Crowne Plaza is a high standard hotel with impeccable service and very comfortable rooms. Despite being, the most distant hotel from the airport, it’s my favorite. Excellent staff, wonderful rooms and a perfect transfer service!

täCH Madrid Airport: The hotel, located in Barajas, is a relatively new hotel with comfortable and elegant rooms (but that can be a bit dark because of their lighting system). Breakfast is simple, but buffet-like and at a very affordable price. The hotel is a 5-minute walk from the Barajas metro station, which allows you to easily get to the city center. You need to book the airport transfer in advance.


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