Where to stay in Madrid (according to a local)

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.

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Malasana

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

Madrid luxury
Wellington Madrid

Budget - Woohoo Hostal Madrid

This is a great hostel located right in the heart of Madrid. You can opt-in for a room with private or shared bathroom. The guest house has a shared lounge area with a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals. Prices start from as little as £16 per person in a shared dormitory. 

Compare prices and read reviews, check: Booking.com

Mid-range 7 Islas Hotel

This mid-range option is fantastic for couples and travellers who want a little luxury just 200 m from Madrid's Gran Via. You will get wifi access and all elegant rooms feature marble bathrooms and comfortable beds. Rooms start at £71 per night. 

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Luxury - Wellington Madrid

For luxury travellers, the Wellington Madrid is an absolute must. It features a spa and sensation showers with a hot tub as well as an outdoor swimming pool. On the 7th floor, you can enjoy a private lounge with amazing views of the city. Prices start at £170 per night. 

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La Latina

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

La Latina Luxury
NH Collection Madrid Palacio de Tepa

Budget - Ok Hostel Madrid

This hostel offers a mixture of private rooms as well as cheaper options for travellers on a budget who don't mind sharing a dormitory. With prices starting at £16 per night, Ok Hostel is fantastic accommodation located right in the heart of La Latina. You can find many bars and restaurants located at just 5-minute walk. 

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Posada Del Dragón

This boutique hotel is located in Madrid’s La Latina district, an area known for its tapas bars. It offers stylish rooms with free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels.The hotel is just 100 m from the Plaza Mayor and 200 m from La Latina Metro Station. You can walk to the San Miguel Market in just 5 minutes. Rooms start at £68 per night.

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Luxury - NH Collection Madrid Palacio de Tepa

Want to stay in a 19th century restore palace? Then this is the place for you. Located just 350m away from Puerto del Sol, this incredible hotel offers spacious rooms with modern bathroom. The hotel was built in a Neoclassical style and you can still see the remains of the historic canal system inside. Prices for one night in this 5-star hotel start at £140. 

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Tetuan

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

Luxury Tetuan
H10 Tribeca

Budget - Infanta Mercedes

This hotel offers single and double rooms which makes it perfect for solo or couple travellers looking for budget accommodation. Prices start at £40 per night and the rooms offer en-suite bathroom, free wifi and a buffet restaurant. 

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Mid-range - Erase un Hotel

This hotel is a great mid-range option for travellers interested in enjoying the sunny capital of Spain. The hotel offers modern and stylish rooms with air conditioning and wooden floors. Each room comes with an en-suite bathroom. Prices start at £44 per night. 

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Luxury - H10 Tribeca

This is a luxury hotel in the heart of Tetuan. The H10 Tribeca offers stylish accommodation with rooms which are modern and soundproofed. The interior is chic and inviting and you will find plenty of dining options at the hotel's restaurant, Tribeca. The prices start at just £72 per night. 

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Salamanca

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

Salamanca Luxury
Eurostars Las Claras

Budget - Gran Hotel Corona Sol

This 4 star hotel located in the heart of Salamanca offers luxury accommodation for budget prices. With prices starting at £40 per night, you can see why this is a great option for any traveller who doesn't want to compromise on quality and still get decent prices. 

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Mid-range - Exe Salamanca

This 4 star hotel is an excellent mid-range option for any traveller to Madrid. The property is located in Salamanca next to the Jesuitas Park and just 8 minutes walk from the Plaza Mayor Square. It offers rooms with free WI-Fi, an LCD TV and private bathroom with hairdryer. PRices start at £70 per night. 

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Luxury - Eurostars Las Claras

Eurostars Las Claras is in central Salamanca, just 7 minutes’ walk from the Cathedral and Plaza Mayor Square. It offers bright elegant rooms with stylish bathrooms and free wifi. Each room comes with a minibar. Prices start at £79 per night. 

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Chueca

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.

Where to stay in Chueca

Luxury Chueca
Boutique Hotel H10 Villa de la Reina

Budget - Open Hostel Madrid

Open Hostel Madrid offers accommodation in Madrid city centre. This hostel boasts a rooftop terrace with views of the Gran Via. Each bed is set in a bunk bed and includes a nightlight stand, an electric plug, and a curtain. Guests are provided with a big locker with key. Prices start at £16 per night. 

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Mid-range - Boutique Hotel H10 Villa de la Reina

Perfect for mid-range budgets, Boutique Hotel H10 Villa de la Reina offers you a free glass of cava on arrival, free wifi and stylish rooms. The Villa de la Reina’s restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisine, including a tapas menu. The hotel also has a bar and a computer corner, with free internet access. Prices start at £93 per night. 

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Luxury - Only YOU Boutique Hotel Madrid

This awesome 4 star boutique is set in a restored palace from the 19th century. It has modern interior design with Colonial details and beautifully decorated rooms. Soundproofed rooms include a 42-inch Smart TV, iPhone/iPod and MP3 dock, electronic safe and a well-equipped minibar. Bed duvets are made of goose feathers, cotton and silk. Bathrobes, slippers and luxury toiletries can be found in each bathroom. Prices start at £150 per night. 

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Thank you, Perri, for guest posting on You Could Travel. Perri is a Brit living in Spain. She writes about her travels exploring Spain and shares tips, guides and advice on her blog Seeking the Spanish Sun.  

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