Best areas to stay in Madrid
Pick any Madrid area you like, and you will be fine! Just be close to the metro. It is easy to get around Madrid by metro.
City Centre for the first timers
Area around the expansive Puerta del Sol plaza is the heart of Madrid. Three metro lines pass through Sol station, making it the perfect base for exploring the rest of the city.
Recommended Madrid city center hotels
Room Mate Alicia
My favorite city center hotel is Room Mate Alicia. The hotel is right on the buzzing Plaza Santa Ana in the heart of the Barrio de las Letras.
Quatro Puerta del Sol Hotel
You cannot beat the central location of Hotel Quatro Puerta del Sol. It´s situated just a few minutes walk from Puerta del Sol plaza with many other attractions within easy walking distance.
Art Walk area for Museum lovers
Paseo del Arte (Art Walk) not only houses 3 of the world's most popular museums but also a clutch of mid-range hotels. It is also well served by public transport.
Recommended hotel near Prado Museum
Radisson Blu Hotel Madrid Prado
The hotel is located on a cosy side street off Paseo del Arte opposite Prado museum. Paseo del Arte (or Art Walk) features three world-class museums and serves as the city’s cultural hub.
Malasaña for night owls
If your idea of Madrid holiday is all about late nights and riotous fun, you should consider accommodation in Malasaña neighborhood or the trendy Chueca district .
Recommended Madrid hotel for nightlife
Only You Boutique hotel with its Lázaro Rosa Violán’s interior design has a distinct youthful vibe.
La Latina for budget travelers
Low-cost dorm beds and inexpensive hotels can be found all over Madrid, even in city’s central districts, but prices drop the further out as you head away from the centre.
If you’re on a budget, look for a place to stay in La Latina or Lavapies. The former is packed with hip bars frequented by a younger crowd, and the latter is home to an impressive mix of cultures from all over the world.
Recommended hostel in Madrid
Budget travelers don’t have to compromise on cleanliness or comfort at The Hat, one of Madrid's popular hostel. The hostel is housed in a historic mansion right in Madrid’s historic centre.
San Lorenzo del Escorial for those who want to be away from it all
If you are looking for a rural area to stay in near Madrid, you can consider town of San Lorenzo del Escorial, only 50 kilometers from Madrid. The attraction is not just the Monastery of El Escorial (declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO)but also the pine forests that surround El Escorial.
San Lorenzo del Escorial is well connected to Madrid by bus and train. By train, it takes an hour to reach Madrid.
Recommended Madrid Hotels in a Map
As long as you stay within walking distance from Sol (the very city center), all areas are good and comfortable.
I would avoid the very posh area of Calle Serrano because it’s mostly residential and lacks basic amenities (pharmacies, supermarkets, normal bars) and the best of the Madrid street vibe.
I love the Barrio de las Letras (where I live), because it is highly alive but at the same time cars are not allowed inside its streets it so it’s quite quiet.
La Latina and Chueca are very cool, but can be very noisy.
Safety in Madrid
I would avoid staying in and around the Barrio Lavapies, it can get unsafe with pickpockets and petty theft. There are also drugs and prostitution.
Avoid going to Lavapies during the night, unless you are with locals who know the area well.
Also avoid Finca Vista Alegre and Villa de Vallecas.
And while Retiro park is lovely during the day, do not venture into the park after dark.
Melia Hotels International is Spain's largest hotel company. They own many sub brands
- Gran Melia is their luxury offering
- Innside is their mid range hotels
- Tryp is for budget conscious travelers
- ME is their boutique offering
Melia operates 19 hotels in Madrid across all locations and tariffs. Normally, you get huge discounts if you search online for their promo code and offers. You could try one of their properties.