If you're planning a trip to Madrid, there are lots of things to think about and organise. After arranging flights, finding where to stay in Madrid, without doubt, is next on the list. As the capital of Spain, Madrid is a very large city that’s divided into different areas known as "barrios". I'm sure you're wondering what area of the city is best to book your accommodation in. Each barrio has something a little different to offer visitors and it can seem a little overwhelming deciding which to choose.
This article will give you a great overview of the barrios in Madrid where holiday accommodation is concentrated. Giving you a little insight into what to expect in each area and why I would recommend for you to stay there.
Helping you to choose the accommodation which is most suitable for your needs and ensure that you have an amazing time during your visit to the wonderful city of Madrid.
Where to stay in Madrid (according to a local) - Contents
Malasana is one of the older barrios of Madrid and has seen a lot of recent regeneration. It's now the cool, hip area where apartments are sought after and old derelict buildings are being refurbished into very on-trend businesses and modern accommodation.
Why stay in Malasana
In Malasana you'll find interesting shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. It is the area of Madrid to go if you're looking for the hot new place to be. The narrow streets are awash with coloured graffiti and funky shop fronts. Think vintage clothes stores, Instagram worthy ice cream parlours and hipster small batch coffee. If you stay in Malasana you are within easy reach of famous sights such as Temple de Debod and Casa de Campo.
Where to stay in Malasana
La Latina is the area of Central Madrid most famous for its amazing tapas bars. It’s a very traditional part of the city where you can really get a feel for an authentic side of Madrid. The main street Cava Baja is lined with cute little bars that are full of delicious Spanish drinks and snacks.
Why stay in La Latina
In La Latina, you will rarely see a menu written in English but it's easy to immerse yourself in the tapas bar culture and enjoy Madrid's culinary delights. It’s the perfect area to mingle with the locals and enjoy the laid-back social scene. There are lovely plazas and outside terraces to sit and while away the afternoon in the sunshine. If you stay in La Latina you will be able to walk to city sights such the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor and Opera.
Where to stay in La Latina
Tetuan is an area north of the city that is a mix of residential properties and a booming business district. The longest avenue in Madrid, Paseo de la Castellana runs through Tetuan and many large hotels are located near here.
Why stay in Tetuan
The Real Madrid football stadium the "Bernabeu" is located in Tetuan. Around the stadium, you will find many local shops, restaurants and markets.
Hotels located in Tetuan are usually quite modern and spacious and lots of the well-known hotel chains have accommodation here. If you stay in Tetuan you will be well connected to the Metro network and Madrid's main train station Chamartin is also nearby.
Where to stay in Tetuan
Salamanca is the shopping area of Madrid where you'll find luxury stores and designer boutiques. It's a lovely neighbourhood that is nice to wander through even if you're only window shopping.
Why stay in Salamanca
The Salamanca barrio has a very calm and peaceful atmosphere. With its wide tree-lined streets and beautiful grand architecture, it's one of the more upscale areas of the city. Hotels located in Salamanca usually reflect the areas high-end vibe. If you stay in Salamanca you will be within easy reach of Retiro Park, the National Archaeological Museum and Cibeles fountain.
Where to stay in Salamanca
Chueca is the most LGBT friendly barrio in Madrid. The whole city is very open-minded and accepting but Chueca has embraced its label as the gay neighbourhood and is a constant celebration of this. It's a fun and vibrant area packed full of delightful shops, bars and restaurants.
Fancy even more of Spain? Don't forget to add a few day trips from Madrid to your itinerary.
Why stay in Chueca
The streets of Chueca are adorned with rainbow flags flying proudly. Even the metro station walls are painted rainbow. There is a carefree atmosphere in this area and a generally nice vibe. One of Madrid's best markets is in Chueca, it's called Mercado San Anton and has wonderful food stalls. If you stay in Chueca you will be within easy reach of the city's most famous art galleries Circulo de Bellas Artes and Prado museum.