Living Mad Hostel



Hostelz.com's Review

Mad Hostel's location is probably what its guests find most attractive about the hostel. It is located near the train station, Anton Martin, and it is convenient for guests to visit most major tourist attractions in Madrid from the hostel.

The Location

There is not much to see or do around the hostel area, but it is located in a quiet and safe neighborhood. However, it might be a little tricky to find the hostel when guests first arrive without maps.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are relatively clean, but they are extremely small. There is hardly any room for all occupants to put their belongings on the floor, nor for for anyone to sit in the room or on the bed. All guests are given a magnetic watch for the door lock, so the rooms are pretty safe. This magnetic watch can also be used to unlock the safety locker provided in the room. Bed linens are provided, although they do not seem to be very clean. The beds are not very comfortable, so for those planning on staying for a long period of time, you might want to reconsider.

Bathrooms are clean and hot water is provided. However, do check the shower room before going in, as some doors can't be locked and some do not have hot water.

Common Spaces

Mad Hostel has pretty spacious common areas on the grounds. Here, guests can find a pool table, TV, a bar, and four computers with free access to the internet. Wi-Fi is also accessible in guest rooms. Mad Hostel hosts parties frequently, so make sure to check their event calendars. However, on days when there is no party organized, the hostel can be very quiet and may not offer much chance to socialize.


Mad Hostel is the hotel to choose if you are only looking for a simple place to sleep after a long, tiring day exploring the city or a just cheap, basic accommodation for a couple of days in Madrid. The hostel is simply a youth hostel in the essence, and it does not offer much atmosphere, comfort, or commendable service. However, it is located near the heart of Madrid, making it convenient for travelers to explore the city.
by Leonny
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
May 2012


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Living Mad Hostel" at Calle Cabeza 24.)


Calle Cabeza 24, Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain
40.411914, -3.702096
manager@mzk.es, mad_hostel@portal.dormproject.ch, info@madhostel.com
+34 91 506 48 40
+34 91 506 48 41
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

Fun hostel, which always has something to do
Mad is definitely a great place to meet people and have a great time. Their sister hostel is right around the corner so one of the two will have a tour, a pool party, karaoke, our even just people hanging out in one of their bars drinking. You have your own locker and the rooms are very comfortable and the bathrooms are large and clean. I would definitely recommend staying here over other hostels in Madrid.
Pretty nice
This was my first hostel stay but overall it wasn't bad. Friendly desk people (spoke English), big common room (People from all over the world congregate), decent location near the Reina Sofia, del Prado, and other popular areas. My one complaint was the rooms. Tiny, tiny, tiny. No room at all but decent sized storage casing. Overall, I would recommend it to others.
(United States)
Size of their rooms is outrageous! They're more like cages than rooms to be honest. Size of their beds no better! Even a hobbit would feel trapped. In general -- really claustrophobic! Wouldn't recommend it to anyone!
Good hostel, very nice
This hostel was quite nice, didnt have any real problems with it. It has a rooftop terrace, a "bar," which is really more of a rec room with a beer vending machine, and free internet access. It is located really close to "Tirso de Molina" metro stop, within walking distance of Sol Square. The only minor problem I had were that the guy working the desk did not speak English and did not really want to attempt to understand my trying to speak Spanish. He would have rather had me wait awhile until staff came in that spoke English. It wasn't as if I were demanding he speak English. Also, he made it a big point to convince me that the area outside the hostel was not safe after dark, but it's like most inner-city neighborhoods -- if you mind your own business you'll be fine. The worst thing that happened to me in Madrid after dark was that a hooker tried soliciting me, and that didnt happen anywhere near the hostel. Oh, and the showers suck. They are timed to go off after about fifteen seconds, so you continuously have to push in the faucet to continue showering. The free breakfast wasnt self serve, some guy waits on you. So be warned if you are used to making a pig out of yourself. But other than that it was great and safe! Would recommend!
The Location The hostel is walking distance from the train station and most major tourist attractions. It isn't in a very pretty or trendy neighborhood, but it is quiet and safe, and five minutes from the Anton Martin subway station. Tucked away on a side street, the area can be tricky to navigate, but the hostel provides clear directions and a map. Rooms and Bathrooms The rooms are organized around a central outdoor courtyard. They are small and sparsely decorated, but clean. Most have four to eight beds, though a few double rooms are available. All guests are given a magnetic watch for a door lock, which is a pain to use and may take a few tries to figure out. Bathrooms are public restroom style, with mens' and womens' rooms containing toilet stalls and locker stalls. Common Spaces The common area is Mad Hostel's best feature. Colorful and fun, it contains a bar, pool table, TV, and four computers with free and fast internet. There is also a small but fully stocked kitchen. At night, the common room is packed with students looking to party in Madrid. Weary travelers beware -- this may not be the best place to call it an early night. Summary Mad Hostel is a clean, social hostel in a good location. The open-air layout of the rooms offers a unique atmosphere, and the relaxed setting ensures that visitors meet other backpackers from around the world. Staff members could be friendlier, and the booking system isn't very well-organized, but most problems seem to be quickly resolved. Review by Jessica Leving
Jessica Leving
  This is a decent choice in a quiet neighbourhood near the old city centre of Madrid. It is clean with a lot of communal space and a rooftop terrace. There is also a workout centre with machines (which is pretty unique for a hostel) and free computers and Wi-Fi. The rooms are very small and it's a tight squeeze for one person and one piece of luggage in the elevator, but it's a good choice.
  the hostel is ok. But the kitchen is very little and too slow! and no glasses, no dishes, and a long time to cook because there's like a camping gas kitchen.
Anonimo Italiano

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