Best Areas to Stay in Madrid, Spain

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Where to stay in Madrid – A guide to Spain’s capital

Madrid is located in the central region of Spain and is the capital of the flamenco country. This metropolis is 657 meters above sea level, which makes it one of the highest capitals of the European continent, and is an emblematic city with many attractions and entertainment options for all types of visitors.

Madrid stands out in a special way for its wide cultural offer that includes more than 60 museums, including the Triangle of Art, formed by the Prado Museum (a huge building of neoclassical architecture that exhibits works by artists such as Velázquez and Antonio María Esquivel), the Reina Sofía Museum (dedicated to contemporary art) and the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum, with an eclectic collection of art from different eras.

The nightlife is also among the main attractions of Madrid. In addition to the typical tapas with beers that you can enjoy in neighborhoods such as La Latina, the Spanish capital has clubs and bars for all tastes and the party in its venues usually goes on well into the morning.

When it comes to shopping, Madrid has the Gran Vía, its biggest commercial avenue that starts at Calle Alcalá and ends at the Plaza de España. This boulevard over one kilometer long is the meeting point for tourists and locals looking for fun and deals.

When it comes to planning your trip, you need to take into account what are the best times to visit Madrid. Although important events take place during the summer, the high temperatures (which can exceed 40ºC) are suffocating and, in the winter, the cold is almost intolerable. Therefore, spring and autumn (or fall) are the most recommended seasons to tour the capital of Spain with ease and enjoy parks like El Retiro, with 118 hectares of green areas for picnics, running or biking.

Madrid also has an efficient metro system that connects most of its neighbourhoods and makes moving from one point of interest to another not a complicated task, even if it is your first time in the city.

Deciding where to stay in Madrid depends on your tastes, interests, reasons for visiting and budget. If you want to stay close to most of the important monuments, Austrias, with its central location and excellent metro connections, is the place for you (See accommodation in Austrias).
On the other hand, to discover the alternative side of the city, Malasaña, birthplace of the Movida Madrileña, is your ideal accommodation area (See hotels in Malasaña).

Below is a guide with the best areas to stay in Madrid, Spain.

The best areas to stay in Madrid, Spain

Our favourite area: Malasaña – Conde Duque

Malasaña and Conde Duque are among the most iconic neighbourhoods in Madrid, as it was on their streets where the famous Movida Madrileña story was written, a countercultural movement that started in the mid-70s, after the death of the dictator Francisco Franco.

La Movida sought to break the censorship and taboos that reigned in Spain through hedonism. Its main representative figures were the film director Pedro Almodóvar and bands like Mecano, Nacha Pop or Alaska and Dinarama, who used art to transgress the rules imposed by conservatives.

Both neighbourhoods are divided by Calle de San Bernardo and are located north of Gran Vía. Conde Duque stands out for being more quiet and having points of interest such as the Museo ABC, with exhibitions about drawing and the illustration, as well as the Centro Cultural Conde Duque.

On the other hand, Malasaña is a neighbourhood treasured by artists, hipsters and bohemians. Its streets adorned with graffiti includes bars for all types of visitors, with musical genres ranging from heavy metal to pop. In addition, nightlife in Malasaña preserves venues such as the Penta, landmark of the Movida Madrileña.

The San Antonio de los Alemanes Church and the Plaza Dos de Mayo (which is surrounded by cafés with terraces and second-hand shops) are other architectural monuments located in Malasaña.

Both Malasaña and Conde Duque are among the best areas to stay in Madrid if you want to enjoy the alternative side of the city. In addition, both neighbourhoods connect by metro with other districts and include stations such as Noviciado and Ventura Rodríguez in its perimeter.

Malasaña, the hipster area of Madrid

Malasaña, the hipster area of Madrid

Malasaña - Best areas to stay Madrid, Spain

Malasaña – Best areas to stay Madrid, Spain

Accommodation in Malasaña - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Alojamiento en Malasaña – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Madrid:

  • Great nightlife
  • Pedestrian-friendly
  • San Antonio de los Alemanes Church
  • Hipster neighbourhood
  • Plaza Dos de Mayo
  • Conde Duque Cultural Centre
  • Connected through metro
  • Museo ABC
  • Movida Madrileña

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Hotel Life

The design hotel offers modern rooms with air conditioning. The private bathroom includes a bath, shower, hairdryer and free toiletries.

from €89
Budget

Pensión Stella

The functional rooms at Stella have tiled floors and come with a wardrobe, desk and heating.

from €29
Luxurious

7 Islas Hotel

7 Islas Hotel offers free Wi-Fi and elegant rooms with air conditioning and a marble bathroom with toiletries. Some also have a terrace.

from €119

 

 

 

Austrias – Huertas (Old Town)

The districts of Austrias and Huertas are part of the Historic Center of Madrid or Old Town and, in them, a large part of the tourist attractions and monuments that every visitor has to know are concentrated.

In this area, you’ll find the famous Puerta del Sol, a point of reference for locals, since it is kilometer 0 of all roads in Spain and a busy pedestrian area. In its surroundings there is also the Casa de Correos, seat of the Government of the Community of Madrid.

Another attraction that is located between the neighbourhoods of Austrias and Huertas is the Plaza Mayor, the heart of the Historic Centre of Madrid. This beautiful square’s access is divided in nine arches. In addition, the statue of Felipe III on horseback that is right in the centre of the square is an icon of European architecture worldwide.

Austrias and Huertas are among the best areas to stay in Madrid due to its central location and excellent metro connections, with stations such as Sol on lines 1, 2 and 3 on its perimeter.

Plaza Mayor - Madrid, Spain

Plaza Mayor – Madrid, Spain

Accommodation near Puerta del Sol - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation near Puerta del Sol – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Madrid:

  • Historic centre
  • Casa de Correos
  • Puerta del Sol
  • Pedestrian-friendly
  • Plaza Mayor
  • Great metro connections

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

The Walt Madrid

The rooms and suites have parquet floors, a flat-screen TV, a minibar, a safe, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi.

from €99
Budget

Hostal Las Murallas

This simple hostel is located in the historic center of Madrid, just a 5-minute walk from the lively Chueca neighborhood and Puerta del Sol.

from €25
Luxurious

Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques

The Gran Melia Palacio de los Duques has a seasonal rooftop pool and terrace with panoramic views of the city.

from €249

 

 

 

Las Letras – La Latina

The neighbourhoods of Las Letras and La Latina make up one of the most lively areas of Madrid, with a nightlife full of tapas and beer for those who start the party early or to relax after leaving the office.

In this area, the architecture of medieval style reigns and you’ll meet the Jardines de las Vistillas, with incredible views of the city.

Another reason to stay in Las Letras and La Latina is the El Rastro street market which takes place every Sunday between Calle Embajadores and Ronda de Toledo. In this market new and used items are offered at excellent prices, so it is common to find foreigners and locals looking for second hand clothes, jewelry, accessories, antiques and all kinds of vintage objects.

In addition, there are several subway stations throughout the neighbourhood (including La Latina station) to easily move to other districts if desired.

Las Letras and La Latina are among the best areas to stay in Madrid if you want to delve into Madrid’s nightlife, enjoy excellent cuisine and go shopping.

Barrio de las Letras - Where to stay in Madrid

Barrio de las Letras – Where to stay in Madrid

Accommodation in Las Letras & La Latina - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Las Letras & La Latina – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Madrid:

  • Great nightlife
  • Jardines de las Vistillas
  • Amazing food
  • Tapas and beers
  • Mercadillo El Rastro
  • Medieval architecture

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Hotel Mexico

The rooms at the Mexico Hotel are equipped with air conditioning and central heating. They have a safe that works with coins.

from €69
Budget

Hostal San Antonio

This hostel is located in the picturesque Las Letras neighbourhood and is surrounded by museums, theaters, restaurants and traditional shops.

from €29
Luxurious

Hotel Villa Real

This luxury hotel is located in the cultural heart of Madrid and offers elegant rooms with LCD TV and CD player.

from €139

 

 

 

Salamanca

Salamanca is one of the most exclusive neighbourhoods in Madrid, as it was thought by the Marquis of Salamanca (to whom it owes its name) as a residential area for the highest class of the Spanish capital and, nowadays, it is still the area where you are most likely to meet celebrities.

Within Salamanca, there are stores of important fashion houses, particularly on Calle Salamanca. Similarly, this neighbourhood also has high-end restaurants that offer the best of international cuisine.

This area is also known for its offices and companies, so it has different business-type hotels ideal for those who visit Madrid for work or business.

In addition, Salamanca houses the Museo Arqueológico Nacional, a neoclassical mansion that exhibits objects of great historical or artistic value, such as La Dama de Elche, a sculpture made of limestone that was created between the 5th and 4th centuries BC. The iconic Puerta de Alcalá is also just steps away from this neighbourhood.

Salamanca is one of the best areas to stay in Madrid if you want to discover the most luxurious side of the city, including the clubs and bars that Calle Serrano (located inside of the neighbourhood) has to offer. Serrano and Núñez de Balboa metro stations are within this district.

Museo Arqueológico Nacional - Salamanca, Madrid

Museo Arqueológico Nacional – Salamanca, Madrid

Accommodation in Salamanca - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Salamanca – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Madrid:

  • Exclusive area
  • Luxury shopping
  • Business-type hotels

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

NeoMagna Madrid

The NeoMagna is located in the center of Madrid, in the Salamanca district, and offers a restaurant and a free 24-hour fitness center.

from €89
Budget

Hostal Salamanca

Hostal Salamanca is located in the prestigious Salamanca district and offers elegant rooms with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi.

from €49
Luxurious

Gran Melia Fenix

The Gran Meliá Fénix is ​​a luxury hotel located in Madrid, in the Salamanca district. It offers elegant rooms and free Wi-Fi.

from €219

 

 

 

Parque del Retiro – Paseo del Prado

The Parque del Retiro is the main green lung of Madrid and a reference for the inhabitants and visitors of the Spanish capital, because its 125 hectares contain gardens and popular attractions such as a big pond (ideal for rowing) and the Crystal Palace.

The Crystal Palace of the Retiro Park is the work of the architect Ricardo Velázquez Bosco, who was inspired by the one in London. This building is used as an exhibition hall of the Reina Sofía National Art Center Museum.

Staying in this area, you will be just minutes from the famous Art Triangle of Madrid at the Paseo del Prado, consisting of three museums: The Prado Museum, the Reina Sofía National Art Center Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Other points of interest such as the Botanical Garden, the Fuente de Cibeles and the Fuente de Néptuno are in the area.

Close to the Retiro Park and the Paseo del Prado there is also the Atocha Station, which is the most important train station in Madrid and connects with other places in Spain, as well as countries such as France and Portugal.

The surroundings of the Retiro Park and the Paseo del Prado are among the best areas to stay in Madrid, as they allow you to travel to other cities in Spain with their train connections and other districts with metro stations like Atocha and Retiro.

Parque del Retiro - Madrid, España

Parque del Retiro – Madrid, España

Accommodation near Parque del Retiro - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation near Parque del Retiro – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Madrid:

  • Parque del Retiro
  • Fuente de Cibeles
  • Paseo del Prado
  • Fuente de Néptuno
  • Triángulo del Arte
  • Connected through train and metro

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Claridge Madrid

The rooms feature air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a safe, a minibar and a desk.

from €89
Budget

A&Z JUAN DE MENA

The property is 400 meters from Prado Museum and Paseo del Prado. Some rooms have a patio with city views.

from €49
Luxurious

Petit Palace Savoy Alfonso XII

The rooms at Petit Palace Savoy Alfonso XII feature air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, a laptop safe, a minibar and a bathroom.

from €80

 

 

 

Chamberí

Chamberí is probably the most typical and traditional district of Madrid, as well as a mandatory stop for those visiting the Spanish capital. This area includes neighbourhoods Almagro, Gaztambide, Arapiles, Trafalgar, Vallehermoso and Ríos Rosas, where buildings of different architectural styles such as modernist, Art Noveau and neomudéjar coexist.

Chamberí was part of the Ensanche de Madrid, specifically of the Ensanche Norte. This project, which was carried out between 1860 and 1930, dealt with the expansion of the urban space of Madrid as a response to the growth of the population in the city, in order to offer more housing and habitable zones.

Initially, this district was the residence of a large part of the aristocracy of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, but today, it is an area of ​​excellent gastronomic offerings, tapas and cultural events, with theaters such as the Teatro Galileo, the Teatro de la Abadía, the Quevedo Theater and the Luchana Theaters.

One of the most interesting attractions in Chamberí is the abandoned subway station named Andén Cero. This station was closed in 1969 and, nowadays, makes us travel back in time to Madrid in 1910.

In the same way, the Museo Soralla, dedicated to the Valencian painter Joaquín Soralla, is also in Chamberí. This museum exhibits the main works of Soralla together with objects that he collected during his life as sculptures and furniture.

Chamberí is one of the best areas to stay in Madrid to know the cultural scene of the city. This district connects with other neighbourhoods by metro, with stations such as Canal, San Bernardo and Guzmán El Bueno in its vicinity.

Staying in Chamberí - Madrid

Staying in Chamberí – Madrid

Andén 0 - Chamberí, Madrid

Andén 0 – Chamberí, Madrid

Accommodation in Chamberí - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Chamberí – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Madrid:

  • Typical area
  • Andén Cero
  • Museo Soralla

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Exe Moncloa

Hotel Exe Moncloa offers a small outdoor pool, a gym with sauna and a rooftop terrace with panoramic views. Free WiFi access is available.

from €69
Budget

Hostal Nersan II

Hostal Nersan II is 700 meters from Sorolla Museum, in Madrid’s Chamberí district. It offers simple accommodation with free Wi-Fi.

from €29
Luxurious

InterContinental Madrid

The air-conditioned rooms at the InterContinental include a flat-screen satellite TV, a minibar and a private bathroom. There is free WiFi.

from €249

 

 

 

Chueca

Chueca is known as the gay area of ​​Madrid, with a lively nightlife, restaurants, bars, stores and all kinds of LGBT-themed businesses.

This neighbourhood has a privileged central location, north of Gran Vía and east of Malasaña. Therefore, it is a coveted accommodation option throughout the year, especially between June and July, as the Gay Pride is celebrated and important events are held within the framework of Pride Week.

A part of the Calle Fuencarral runs through Chueca and puts at the disposal of locals and visitors a lot of designer clothing, cafes and restaurants, ideal for those who travel to Madrid to go shopping. In addition, this street is the headquarters of the Museum of History of Madrid, where the evolution of the city is exhibited.

Another reference of Chueca is the Telefónica Building, located on the Gran Vía. This building is one of Europe’s firsts skyscraper ​​(with almost 90 meters high) and is a landmark of Spanish architecture, so it is essential to visit it when traveling to Madrid.

The Mercado de San Antón gives more reasons to stay in Chueca. This modern space, which in the past was a street market, has food from around the world, emphasizing traditional recipes from Spain and is the ideal place to find fresh ingredients or taste quality cuisine.

The impressive Plaza Santa Bárbara, which for many is the starting point before going out, is also in Chueca and is ideal for tapas.

Chueca is one of the best areas to stay in Madrid to go clubbing or go shopping. The metro stations Chueca and Gran Via connect this neighbourhood with the rest of the city.

Staying in Chueca, the gay neighbourhood of Madrid

Staying in Chueca, the gay neighbourhood of Madrid

Chueca - Museo de Historia de Madrid

Chueca – Museo de Historia de Madrid

Accommodation in Chueca - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Chueca – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Madrid:

  • Gay area
  • Calle Fuencarral
  • Mercado de San Antón
  • Museo de Historia de Madrid
  • Plaza Santa Bárbara
  • Shopping district

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

B&B Hotel Fuencarral 52

The B & B Hotel Fuencarral52 offers a rooftop terrace with a relaxation area and stunning views of Madrid.

from €59
Budget

Hispano Gran Vía

El Hispano enjoys an ideal location in the Chueca district of Madrid, 200 meters from the metro.

from €39
Luxurious

URSO Hotel & Spa

The URSO Hotel & Spa is located in a restored palace. It offers elegant rooms, free Wi-Fi, spa and gym.

from €159

 

 

 

Chamartín

Chamartín is a district located north of Madrid and includes the neighbourhoods of La Prosperidad, Ciudad Jardín, El Viso, Hispano-America, Castilla and Nueva España.

Although the area does not have a central location, the Madrid-Chamartín Train Station (one of the most important in Madrid) makes moving to other neighbourhoods of this metropolis a simple task. In addition, trains leave from the station to Spanish cities such as Barcelona and Bilbao.

Chamartín has among its main attractions the Santiago Bernabeú Stadium, known throughout the world for being the home of Real Madrid, one of the main football clubs in Spain. The stadium has a capacity for more than 80000 people and makes Chamartín one of the best areas to stay in Madrid to see Real Madrid or attend other sporting events.

As far as green spaces in Chamartín are concerned, the Parque de Canal de Isabel II stands out, with more than 40 thousand square meters including a water labyrinth, a rose garden, a pond and gardens for recreation .

On the other hand, the Paseo de la Castellana (one of the main business avenues of Madrid) is also in Chamartín and houses buildings that are milestones of architecture such as the Kio Towers, twin leaning office complexes that are iconic architecture landmarks.

Chamartín is one of the best areas to stay in Madrid for its excellent metro connections and business-type hotels ideal for those visiting the Spanish capital for work or business, as it is one of the financial districts of the city.

Chamartín - Mejores zonas donde alojarse en Madrid

Chamartín – Mejores zonas donde alojarse en Madrid

Alojarse cerca del Estadio Santiago Bernabéu - Madrid

Alojarse cerca del Estadio Santiago Bernabéu – Madrid

Alojamiento en Chamartín - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Alojamiento en Chamartín – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Madrid:

  • Santiago Bernabeú Stadium
  • Paseo La Castellana
  • Madrid-Chamartín Train Station

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Ilunion Pio XII

Ilunion Pio XII has contemporary rooms with air conditioning, satellite TV and a private bathroom with a hairdryer.

from €84
Budget

La Posada de El Chaflán

Posada de El Chaflán is an establishment located in the financial district of Madrid. It has a cocktail bar and a gourmet restaurant.

from €49
Luxurious

Barceló Imagine

Located 600 meters from Plaza Castilla, Barceló Imagine features an avant-garde rooftop terrace with an outdoor pool and garden.

from €119

 

 

 

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