By Lauren Aloise
When traveling to a big city like Madrid, finding accommodation can be overwhelming. There are so many different options, locations, and price ranges. The city offers plenty of great choices, from luxurious five star hotels to budget apartment rentals – and also has its fair share of overpriced dumps where you wouldn’t want to stay even if they were paying you!
To avoid disaster, try to stay somewhere with plenty of positive reviews, a safe and central location, and a clear cancellation policy. Try to avoid prepaying when possible, as it is hard to get your money back if a problem does occur (I speak from experience).
Here are five places to stay that people can’t seem to find fault with. With a bed for every budget, if you book early enough this list should have you covered.
1. Pensión Jaen
As one of the best spots in Madrid for budget travelers, Pensión Jaen offers basic comforts and cleanliness in a great location in the lively Huertas neighborhood. Guests can expect a small room, friendly staff, and a prime location among restaurants, bars, shops and museums. Single rooms start at only 35€ per night and all guests receive free access to Wi-Fi.
2. Artistic B&B
Nestled in the heart of Madrid’s Barrio de las Letras, the Artistic B&B is a charming place to stay in a renovated building from the 19th century. Surrounded by history and art, each room is decorated in a unique way with themes like “The Mirror Room” and “The Tapestry Room”. All stays include free Wi-Fi, coffee and tea anytime, and a delicious breakfast. Single rooms start at 55€ per night and sell out fast!
3. Hostal Gala
A stone’s throw from Gran Vía, Madrid’s most important street, the Hostal Gala is a modern and stylish place to stay in the city center. This trendy budget hotel offers comforts like free Wi-Fi, tourist information, and access to an iron and ironing board (not so common in European hotels). With singles starting around 60€ per night, it is one of the city’s greatest deals.
4. Artrip Hotel
Its single rooms start around 130€ a night, making Artrip hotel in the multicultural Lavapies neighborhood a great mid-range hotel choice in Madrid. Surrounded by bars and restaurants, the city’s best museums, gorgeous Retiro Park, and the famous Rastro Flea Market, the Artrip Hotel is an artsy and fun place to rest your head.
For anyone craving cosmopolitan luxury, the Urban Hotel is for you. This trendy boutique hotel in the center of Madrid offers 5 star luxury and gorgeous Art-Deco style. With its fantastic rooftop pool and cocktail bar, a delicious restaurant, and breathtaking views, it’s easy to see why people are raving. Single rooms start around 160€ per night during the off-season.
Originally from small-town Massachusetts, Lauren Aloise always planned on trading cold, rural winters for the buzz of a big city. Currently going on her fourth year under the Spanish sun, she lives happily in busy Madrid where she runs Madrid Food Tour and writes about travel and expat life at Spanish Sabores. She appreciates fantastic cuisine and the high quality ingredients found in any Spanish kitchen, and when not writing is surely out for a tapa and a glass of Spanish wine.