While Madrid is relatively small for a capital city, Madrid has a lot of accommodation as the previous decade’s hotel boom resulted in the number of hotel rooms doubling. In Madrid, as well as encountering a multitude of accommodation, you will also find a range of accommodation types, from top of the range, five-star hotels to economic pensiones and hostals. In Madrid, there is somewhere to suit every taste and budget!
If you want to get good value for money and do not mind too much noise, Puerta del Sol is the place to stay. While, generally speaking, the city isn’t great for mid-range hotels, the majority of this sort of accommodation is situated in Puerta del Sol. This area is incredibly popular with tourists as the accommodation here is affordable and is in close proximity to a brilliant selection of nightclubs, bars and restaurants—perfect for visitors looking to enjoy Madrid’s vibrant night scene!
Those looking for an inexpensive place to stay with friendly service should take a look at the range of pensiones and hostals available in the area. Unlike traditional hostels, Spanish pensiones and hostals are closer to guesthouses and come in a variety of types from pensiones with Old World décor, complete with antique furniture, to modern ones with minimalist interiors. Great areas for this type of accommodation include: Malasaña, Huertas and Santa Ana.
If you decide to stay in a pension or a hostal, be sure to check whether there are any curfews—you don’t want to get locked out! Also, it is worth mentioning that most pensiones and hostals are located in tall, old buildings without a lifts, this can make them an impractical choice for visitors traveling with a lot of baggage or travellers that have difficulty walking.
Madrid also has a number of aparthotels scattered throughout the city, which combine the advantages of a hotel and an apartment. This type of accommodation is perfect for large families who need a lot of space or for those who are staying in Madrid for longer than a week.
For those looking to staying in luxury accommodation, you will find the best of Madrid’s luxury accommodation in Salamanca, Los Austrias, Retiro Park and Chamberí. Out of these high-end locations, Salamanca is the most popular neighbourhood. As Salamanca is residential area, it is a lot more laid back than the touristic Puerta del Sol. However, it is only a 15 minute Metro journey from Puerta de Sol, meaning you are never too far away from the centre of Madrid’s nightlife. Though expensive, Madrid’s luxury hotels are beautifully designed and offer top of the range facilities, including excellent dining.