Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Madrid, Spain. You can choose from 50 Madrid hostels. In total, there are 232 cheap places to stay in Madrid such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $17 for a dorm.
Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Madrid, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
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Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.
Travelling on your own to Madrid? Fabulous!
Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Madrid alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Madrid. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.
This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Madrid. To help you make friends with Madrid before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain, the capital of both Spain and the Community of Madrid, is the third-largest city in the EU. Madrid is known for its culture with bullfighting and flamenco dancing and history. You can visit the Plaza del Toros, a massive stadium with live bullfights and matadors. If watching bullfighting is not your thing, then you can still visit the stadium and the museum to learn about bullfighting and its cultural significance to the city of Madrid and Spain as a whole. There are many flamenco shows in the evening, or you can eat dinner at the oldest restaurant in the world, Botin, recognized as such by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Madrid's main tourist attractions include the the main squares, the Puerta del Sol and the Plaza Mayor. If you are looking to stay in a very central hostel in Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain, then it would be best to stay near one of these main squares. The Metro is also very user friendly and provides cheap transport around the city, however Madrid is not a big city and it is also possible to walk everywhere from your central Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain hostel. Other attractions include the Royal Palace, Madrid's most beautiful building, with opulently decorated rooms. Take a tour of the palace to learn all about the history of the royal family. If you are from the EU or Latin America, you will receive free entrance to the palace in the evening.
Madrid's history is what makes it such a special city. Take a walking tour of the city to learn about the roots of the Spanish Inquisition, or to see Miguel de Cervantes' old home (the author of the beloved Don Quixote). Most Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain hostels leave brochures explaining how to take a free walking tour of the city; if not, do an online search or visit the Tourist Office in the Plaza Mayor.
Parque del Retiro is the main park of the city. It’s a lovely park in which to walk around, where many locals and tourists alike relax on the grass on a nice day. There is a stunning central pond surrounded by beautiful monuments where you can rent a little rowing boat, or you can visit the beautiful Palacio de Cristal, which is open for exhibitions. Museo del Prado is one of the more famous art museums in Europe and is also worth a visit.
Madrid is a worthwhile visit for the culture and history that the city provides. It is also one of the cheaper European cities, with very cheap food, lots of sunshine, and lots of things to do!
Written by local enthusiast for Madrid hostels Shannon Neuber
There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Madrid. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Madrid. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?
A hostel in Madrid costs on average $18 for a dorm. A hostel in Madrid with private rooms costs on average $70.
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Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Madrid. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Madrid. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!
I love Madrid for the tapas, the people, and all the many places you can visit -- Plaza Santa Ana, Puerta del Sol, Prado Museum, Retiro Park, and Rastro Flea Market. I would recommend everyone to enjoy a cold beer at one of the nice terraces at Plaza Santa Ana Square while listening to the improvised live music from some amateur. I just loved it! Of course, keep your belongings safe. This is a recommendation to everyone traveling abroad. You may find pickpockets awaiting daydreaming tourists in Madrid and all major cities.
Madrid is not dangerous at all, providing you be very careful with your bag and wallet! I suggest sightseeing with a photocopy of your documents in the bag, and leave the originals in the hotel room, so if you lose your bag you don't have to spend your last few days of holiday in the council to ask for a new passport -- there's always a big queue!
I liked Madrid -- a great place to visit. I was there over Christmas of '06 -- flew from Faro-Madrid direct.
Spain is not dangerous, but there are petty crimes everywhere. You'll be safe -- just not your belongings. Definitely be more cautious and always check that your belongings are with you. Don't be obvious about being a tourist.
I've been to Madrid thousands of times, I've never been especially cautious or anything, and I've walked the city day and night... I never had anything stolen, the city is actually safe. As in any city of 5 million people, you need to be a bit more vigilant I guess, and leaving lugagge unattended or stuff like that is certainly not smart... just do what you would do back at home, no more, no less.
Be CAREFUL in Madrid. We had our cell phone stolen from our hostel and then two days later our bags stolen from a metro station! Despite what you're thinking, we were being very cautious. We heard lots of similar stories. Watch your pockets and bags, and if you obviously look like a tourist and someone asks you for directions, immediatly check that your wallet's there... that's how they get you!
The two Gringos
Madrid is a GREAT city to visit! With two of the better museums in all of Europe, The Prado and The Reina Sofia, this is a city that the art lovers and those with a casual interest in art will not want to miss. Another site that is often overlooked is in the church San Antonio de la Florida which houses some amazing frescoes by Goya. They were so popular even in his time that the church goers were so overcome by tourists that they were forced to build an identical church next door so that they could worship in peace! Nearby is the hill where many insurgent Spaniards were executed by the French on May 3rd; the same powerful scene that Goya depicts on canvas located in the Prado. There is also an restaurant in the vicinity that serves whole roasted chicken and apple cider (the alcohol variety) that always packs people in. If you are there during the season, be sure to go to a Real Madrid futbol (read: soccer) game. Even if you don't know anything about soccer, you will be seeing one of the greatest teams ever assembled with superstars from all over the world. Hopefully you can make your way to Madrid, because it is a city that should be up there with London, Paris, and Rome as the premier places to visit in Europe!
There are a lot of cheap hostels and pensions near the metro station "Sol" which is in the middle of the city. Madrid is very quiet indeed.
Madrid is more of a working city than a tourist attraction. But even the locals leave during the summer because it's just so darned hot. Tip: look for a "Solero Smoover" (tropical smoothy in a tube... mmm) here and everywhere else in Europe to beat the heat.
Pack smart, not hard
Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Madrid and Spain.
You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:
These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.