Other areas to stay in Madrid
While the Puerta del Sol Plaza is certainly the best place to stay in Madrid, there are many other regions that have excellent accommodation and access to the best parts of Madrid. The following neighbourhoods and areas all have unique charm and characteristics about them. Madrid is a very vibrant city and different regions of the city may appeal to different personality types. Some neighbourhoods have a very vibrant nightlife scene, while other areas offer more peaceful scenes.
Plaza Santa Ana
Within walking distance to incredible sights such as the Prado, the Palace, the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen, this neighbourhood has plenty of places to eat that are open quite late. Renting an apartment here is an affordable and comfortable accommodation option.
This neighbourhood is near the Plaza Mayor and offers some of the best tapas and cuisine options in the city centre. Although not particularly quiet or upscale, this neighbourhood is close to many tourist destinations and has easy access to the city centre.
For budget travellers this neighbourhood offers cheap accommodation. Because of its immigration culture, there are many ethnic food stores and small boutique shops. It is ideally located within walking distance of the Reina Sofia and other cultural museums. For a unique experience away from the major tourist hotels of Madrid, this is an ideal place.
One of the most upscale areas around the city centre, this area provides good access to the city centre which is a metro ride away. Here features fancy and comfortable accommodation, but of course it comes with a price tag. There are many luxury shops, expensive boutiques and restaurants to eat at. It is one of the safest neighbourhoods around Madrid because of its wealthy status.
This neighbourhood is home to a large gay community and has a fun, vibrant party culture. Most clubs are open all hours of the night and it is a very lively place. There are plenty of good options for accommodation available in this hip and funky area.
Known for its artists and fashion, this neighbourhood is considerably young and bohemian and offers a funky and edgy vibe. This makes it quite an appealing place to be away from the dominant tourist areas, but still has access to the city centre. For a hipster experience that will be quite unique, staying in a hotel or hostel here will be enjoyable.
Within walking distance to central Madrid, this area has excellent hotels available. It is close to the river and has easy access to bars and clubs to enjoy the nightlife of the city. There are plenty of places to eat and plenty of things to do if staying in this area.
This area is filled with medieval and renaissance architectural charm. The Plaza Mayor is close by and can be accessed walking. Many hotels and budget style hostels are available in this part of Madrid.