Finding a hotel in Madrid

Where to stay in the centre of Madrid

As I live in Madrid I have never had the need to get a hotel here. However, I do talk to a lot of people who visit Madrid and ask them where they stay, and why. Here are some of the places they have recommended.

Where to stay with a family in the centre of Madrid

I remember back in my life before we had children, my husband and I could pick just about any place we wanted to stay. If we were off for a quick backpacking weekend trip we wouldn’t even bother to book something in advance—we would simply stop in our town of choice and pick the cleanest looking hostel.  Or if it was our anniversary and we wanted a beautiful setting we would stay in a lovely hotel and enjoy the gourmet brunch buffet in the morning. But after we had our 1st baby times changed. From then on I started looking for hotels with a fridge and microwave, or better yet and entire kitchen. We now needed room for not only us but for what seemed like an immense amount of luggage that came along with our baby.

Spain is a lovely and interesting country to visit, but one disadvantage when travelling with children is that hotels aren’t overly spacious. However, with a bit of homework, it is possible to find a suitable (yet reasonable) place to stay if you are travelling with young children.

60 Balconies

This came very highly recommended by a frequent traveller who is very particular about what he wants when visiting a city. He recommended this particular place for its cleanliness and location in Madrid—right across the street from the Atocha train station, perfect for catching trains for day trips or any other location in Spain. The museums, Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen, are all within five or 10 minutes walking distance.  

60 Balconies came with high marks as well because you are renting an apartment, not just a hotel room. It comes complete with a small well-equipped kitchen and even includes a washing machine. If you are going to be staying in Madrid for more than just a couple of nights this is an ideal setup. 60 Balconies is an on-line only rental. There is no check-in counter when you arrive—all the arrangements are made on-line in advance.

You can rent a studio suite, one or two-bedroom apartment. If you are travelling with a family this is one of the most reasonable options for accommodations in Madrid as in most hotels you have to pay per person.


Price range:  125-140 Euros/night depending on the size of apartment

60 Balconies offers visitors an apartment for families with children

60 Balconies offers visitors an apartment for families with children

Hotel near Plaza Major

Catelonia Plaza Major Hotel

This is a very centrally located hotel that puts you within walking distance to all the major attractions in Madrid. Guests appreciate the standard of cleanliness, the helpful staff and of course the proximity to the main sightseeing and shopping areas in Madrid. As it is near Plaza Major there may be a noise factor if your room faces onto the street. There is a buffet breakfast for 15 Euros, but as there are dozens of Cafés close to the hotel with breakfasts ranging from 3-6 Euros, I would skip the buffet in the hotel and start your day with a traditional street café .

Price range: 90 Euros - 140 Euros depending on the size of the room.

Madrid on a budget

In North America, we tend to be nervous of the concept of Hostels. In Europe however, they are a cheap option for a place to stay while travelling. You will want to read reviews carefully before booking a hostel to make sure it is up to the standard you need. Some have shared bathrooms or shared general areas. If you are just looking for a clean, no-frills room while staying in Madrid, hostels are usually a good option.

Web page listing all the hostels in Madrid:

Price range: 15 Euros (per person) — 50 per person

Where to stay near the airport on a budget

Clement Barajas Hotel

The Clement Barajas Hotel is situated 5 minutes from the airport. Although you can catch the 101 bus to the airport the hotel offers a shuttle service.

This hotel is quiet, clean and offers good quality service for the price. It isn’t a luxurious hotel, but the rooms are spacious (European standards) and very clean.

If you book online directly from Clements’ web they offer you a 10% discount. The starting price without the discount is $69 Euros.

Address:  Avenida General 43, Barajas


Web: Clement Hotel

Hotel Don Louis

Hotel Don Luis is a basic hotel for a reasonable price (45 Euros/night if you book directly with the hotel and even cheaper if you get a booking through a web company such as Expedia). The rooms are very basic but clean. Although breakfast is not included in the price the rooms have a fridge and a coffee maker so if you need to you can have a quick breakfast in your room. Hotel Don Luis is only five minutes from a metro station and five-10 minutes walking to the airport—depending on the terminal you need. The only negative I have heard about this hotel is that wifi cuts out in the rooms and you will have to go to the lobby.

Where: Avenida General 12.

Bus: 101 (this bus will take you to terminal 1, 2 and 3 at the airport)