Where to stay in Madrid

What is the best location to stay in Madrid?

For art lovers, architecture buffs and foodies, the Spanish capital of Madrid has much to offer. From medieval mansions to grand palaces, this is a city that’s proudly beautiful. Take in famous artworks from Picasso, Dali and Miró at some of Spain’s finest art galleries, including the Museo del Prado, Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Feast your eyes on the tapestries and high ceilings of the Royal Palace, or seek out turtles and peacocks at the pretty Parque del Retiro. Football fans will love the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, home of Real Madrid. Or, why not sample delicious olives and seafood paella at the bustling Mercado San Miguel.


The best area to stay in Madrid is the city centre, not far from square of Puerta del Sol. In this area you’ll be within walking distance of attractions like Plaza Mayor, the Royal Palace and the main shopping street of Gran Via. You’ll find plenty of shops and restaurants to keep you occupied here. The city centre has excellent transport links with several metro stations dotted around, and there is also a hop-on-hop-off tourist bus that stops on Gran Via.

Hotel   Price per night
Francisco I
Calle del Arenal, 15
99€ - 121$
Hotel Mirador Puerta del Sol
Montera, 6
81€ - 99$
Hotel   Price per night
Hotel Europa
Calle del Carmen 4
118€ - 144$
Hotel Regina
Calle Alcala 19
144€ - 176$
Hotel Room Mate Laura
Travesia de los Trujillos 3
121€ - 148$
Hotel   Price per night
Hotel Liabeny
Calle Salud 3
141€ - 172$
Hotel Preciados
Preciados 37
149€ - 182$


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City Centre, the best area to stay in Madrid


Madrid’s City Centre is a hub of tourist activity. It’s where you’ll find most of the city’s well known attractions, so it’s a good area to stay in and treat as a base if you’re going to be out and about sight seeing.


Madrid’s museums are always popular attractions, and many of them can be found in the City Centre. The Prado National Museum is an art gallery with one of the largest, and perhaps one of the best, collections of art in the world. Then there’s the Museo Nacionale Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, another impressive art gallery that houses 20th century art pieces. As well as these popular art museums, there’s also the National Museum of Archaeology, the Museo de Sera, and the Museo del Romanticismo, and several others located near the Prado National Museum, around the Plaza de la Lealtad. All of these will be within easy walking distance if you stay in the City Centre.


There’s also plenty to see in the area by way of historic monuments and attractions. The Royal Palace of Madrid stands proudly in the City Centre, and is worth a visit if you enjoy admiring grand architecture and beautiful art. There’s also the Puerto Del Sol, which is the geographical heart of Madrid. Whilst this area is actually a busy cross road, there’s a beautiful fountain marking the area’s significance, and several shops and restaurants surrounding the area.


The Plaza Mayor is another historic location in the area, dating back to the 16th century, and centring around a statue of King Philip III. As well as being a site of historical importance though, it is also Madrid’s main square, so it’s where you’ll find many of the City Centre’s restaurants, street performers, and pop up markets. Just a short walk away from this square, you’ll find Gran Via, which is a shopping heaven. This is the city’s main shopping street, and it’s so impressive that it’s often compared to New York’s Times Square. The street is always thriving with tourists and shoppers, and you’ll have the chance to shop until you drop at some of your favourite brands. No matter where you stay in the City Centre, you’ll be only moments away from these popular areas.


Sports fans will be pleased to hear that it’s not all art, history and shopping in Madrid’s City Centre though, there’s also the famous Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Sports fans often jump at the chance to visit the home stadium of Real Madrid, which is often considered one of the best stadiums in the world. You can visit the stadium to discover the displays and football history, pose for a photo in front of the iconic sports venue, or if you’re lucky enough, you might even be able to see a game!


For a more relaxing experience of Madrid, there’s also the central Retiro Park, where you can take a break from the busy city streets, and enjoy a tranquil walk around the park whilst taking in some much welcome nature in an ultimately urban environment.

Other neighbourhoods to stay in Madrid





Salamanca is a high end neighbourhood in Madrid. It’s where you’ll find luxury shops and shopping destinations, which is perfect for those with a taste for the finer things. The restaurants in Salamanca also live up to the area’s high end reputation and luxurious setting. There are even several restaurants with Michelin Stars in the area!


So if you want to experience one of the most luxurious and prestigious locations in Madrid, Salamanca is the perfect place to stay. It’s also where you’ll find many of the city’s best hotels, on avenue’s lined with trees and 19th century architecture.





The Chamberí neighbourhood, or barrio, is a good place to stay if you want a more authentic experience of Madrid, in a more local area. The area isn’t nearly as bustling as the City Centre, there are just a few traditional shops and tapas restaurants that are mainly utilised by the locals.


At the heart of the neighbourhood is the Plaza de Chamberí, which is a nice open space where people walk, talk, and meet. There are always people in the Plaza which gives the area a friendly and safe atmosphere, making it popular with young people and families alike.


Most people that stay in Chamberí when visiting Madrid do so to avoid the inflated rates of hotels in the City Centre. Chamberí is a much more affordable area, and it’s still possible to travel to Madrid’s main attractions from here. You can still walk to most of the city’s attractions from this neighbourhood, or you could make use of the modern and efficient public transport in the area. Chamberí is also next to Salamanca, so if you want to experience the impressive streets of the city’s poshest location but without paying huge amounts to stay in the area, Chamberí is a good place to stay.