Madrid, the capital of Spain is sprawling and has a lot to offer. From quiet corners to trendy shops and tourist central everyone can find a spot for themselves. Here is a list of neighborhoods and who they are recommended to.
Considered the glamorous and exclusive part of Madrid, Salamanca is home not only to designer boutiques but also to designer tapas bars. It’s location just north of El Retiro Parque keeps it central enough that downtown and all the tourist attractions are not out of reach. It’s a large neighborhood, so if you’d like to come home to tree-lined streets and bump elbows with Madrid’s upper tier, Salamanca is the barrio for you.
Recommended hotels in Salamanca
A five-star hotel offering five-star service and facilities at just under €250/night is Hotel Unico Madrid. In its peaceful location, Hotel Unico offers clean, simple yet chic rooms in a boutique hotel. You can enjoy an all-inclusive, delicious breakfast on the garden terrace or any of the nearby recommended restaurants. The helpful staff will be glad to point you in the right direction. You’ll be barely outside of the city and can walk in or grab a €5 taxi.
Just on the west edge of Salamanca you’ll find the luxurious Hotel Villa Magna. Prices can fluctuate, so look out for deals to get a room for about €350/night. At this hotel, you’ll find a grand entry, beautiful décor and stunning open dinging options. The concierge and staff are happy to assist with dining recommendations and reservations both in the area and around Madrid. This hotel is a perfect calm oasis to return to off the busy streets of the city.
Perhaps the polar opposite to the trendiness of the Salamanca neighborhood, Chueca, just to its west, is the youthful, hipster, gay barrio of the city. It oozes coolness and color but retains chicness with a touch of posh. You’ll see people of all ages, colors, sizes and sexual orientation filling the bars and restaurants in Chueca. It’s an excellent neighborhood for the summer months with its plentiful outdoor seating and open plazas. Eating and drinking is the way of life here. An excellent choice for anybody’s stay.
Recommended hotels in Chueca
A great mid-range, boutique option is The Principal Madrid. Rooms can be grabbed for under €200/night and offer great comfort in an excellent location. The rooftop on site has perfect views of the city as well as comfortable seating and drink service. The staff are always helpful and service is always top notch. You’re within walking distance of central Madrid and its attractions.
Vincci The Mint, on the southern edge of Chueca, sitting along the Gran Via, and nearby all of Madrid’s hot spots, offers clean, modernly stylish rooms with bold colors and comfortable beds. All of this at just over €100/night. While walking is easy from here you also have nearby metro options. At the hotel you can eat breakfast get fabulous views of the city with a drink in hand at the rooftop bar. Try to score a room with a balcony if you can.
Over in north west Madrid is the unpretentious yet trendy neighborhood of Malsaña. It’s one of the most relaxed and down to earth areas of the city with an abundance of cafes, vintage clothing stores and weekend markets. It’s a student area which means nightlife is busy but not fancy. Depending on where exactly you stay in the barrio you’ll not be far from everything in central Madrid.
Recommended hotels in Malasaña
Centrally located in the neighborhood is Casa Malasaña which offers beautiful and functional full apartments. These nicely decorated, clean and spacious apartments are an excellent choice for families as they offer a full kitchen as well as the basics of a bed and a bath. Management can help you with issues but you’ll have more privacy than in a simple hotel room. The price isn’t bad either, floating around €150/night depending on the time of year.
A simple, budget option that is still very clean and comfortable can be found at Woohoo Suites Madrid. Rooms can be found for not much more than €50/night if you search for it. The location is unbeatable and for this price you’ll have more than you could ask for with friendly staff, comfortable beds and a shared lounge area.
Centrally located and known for its literary roots Huertas is another excellent barrio choice. It’s often referred to as Barrio de las Letras and as such you can trace many of the lives of Spain’s famous authors throughout the area as well as visit the home where Cervantes lived in his final days. The barrio is adjacent to downtown Madrid which means you can easily make your way around to the places you’d like to go. Huertas is an excellent choice for all visitors.
Recommended hotels in Huertas
In Huertas try a stay at Hotel Urban which offers 5 stars at a price well below many 4 star accommodations. If you’re lucky you might pay as little as €150/night though more often the prices rest slightly over €200/night. Go for a suite, and ask for one on the corner to get awesome room views across the city. The rooms are well decorated, stylish and comfortable. They are spacious and cleans. You can watch the sunset from the rooftop bar and pool. The only downside here may be that the breakfast is quite expensive at €26/person/day. You may be better off going elsewhere in the morning.
Catalonia Puerta del Sol offers a superb location at an unbeatable price with rooms under €150/night. Here you are within walking distance of museums, attractions and central Madrid. You have the choose of a street or interior courtyard room with the interior rooms offering more quiet but the exterior rooms offer a better view, request according to your preference.