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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.
Here is a list of what I consider to be the best places to stay in Madrid.
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 Cybeles 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!
TÓTEM: Located in the city’s elegant and upmarket Salamanca neighbourhood, 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.
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 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.
Forever Apartments: These are exclusive boutique apartments located in a totally refurbished and unique historic 4-storey building on Gran Vía and equipped with services devised for groups, families and couples. Choose either a 1-bedroom apartment or a studio, each offering modern and functional decoration, kitchen, private bathroom, free WiFi, TV and all type of amenities.
Room Mate Laura: This hotel is the best of both worlds. Outside, it authentically re-creates the charming architecture of the 19th century. Inside, this recently built hotel offers the modern comforts and conveniences you crave. The rooms, which stand out for their avant-garde décor, gives you a stylishly warm welcome so you feel it’s 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.
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.
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 where you can chill out or socialize with fellow travellers and the staff, or make a good use of the fully equipped kitchen.
Toc Hostel: If you want to stay somewhere comfortable, fun and reasonably-priced in the centre of Madrid, this hostel might fit the bill. With double and family rooms as well as dorms, smart contemporary design and a handsome building, the TOC is a refreshingly modern place to stay.
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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