Madrid may have seemingly endless hotel options, sometimes the best way to synchronise with the city’s rhythm is by staying in a real home. From vintage apartments to stylish penthouses, here’s our pick of the best Airbnbs in Madrid.
A 16th-century palace in La Latina
This apartment was once a part of the Duke of Alba’s palace | Courtesy Airbnb / Marga
Situated in the historic barrio of La Latina, renowned for its tapas bars, this is the place to head if you want an authentic taste of traditional Spain. The decor of the apartment – once a part of the Duke of Alba’s palace, and now converted into a stunning penthouse – combines Spanish Renaissance Madrid with a twist of modern luxury. You’ll find beautiful wood panelling and ornate chandeliers throughout the Airbnb, and the former palace is an ideal place for cosying up after a long day of sightseeing or an evening of tapas-hopping.
Set right in the heart of Madrid’s hippest neighbourhood, this apartment offers an unbeatable location for sampling some of the city’s trendiest restaurants and liveliest bars. What’s more, Madrid’s lively ambience can be experienced from the haven of your very own private roof terrace, complete with chairs, table and sofa. The decor is stylishly modern, flooded with natural light and is perfect for basking in the Spanish sunshine or enjoying gorgeous sunsets over the Spanish capital’s skyline with a cool drink in your hand.
If you like to be ahead of the curve, look no further than Lavapiés, Madrid’s up-and-coming, multicultural barrio. The apartment is effortless cool, with exposed brick walls and Art Deco furniture. Amenities include all of the latest mod cons, from a state-of-the-art Sonos sound system to a walk-in shower. The apartment is within easy walking distance of the city’s most famous galleries, so is ideal for any art-loving couple looking to visit Madrid’s world-renowned art museums.
Ideal for families, this commodious apartment is central enough to see some of Madrid’s most beautiful landmarks – such as the iconic Plaza Mayor and the imposing Palacio Real – yet avoids the noise of the busier late-night districts. The homely apartment is equipped with everything you’ll need for a relaxed stay in the city, boasting a large kitchen and dining room (handily equipped with breakfast bar and espresso machine), televisions in every bedroom, a stylish communal area and a Juliet balcony.
Experience the hustle and bustle of Calle Gran Vía, Madrid’s most famous commercial street, yet with the option of being able to retreat to your own private oasis. This bright nature-inspired apartment, with views over a gorgeous, internal garden, is swathed in green and full to the brim with plants. Even the bathroom makes you feel like you’re showering in a rainforest with its leafy accent wall. This stylishly unique apartment is located right in the centre of Madrid, meaning you can enjoy this sea of calm green space while still being within easy access of the city’s thriving heart.
Book a stay at this gorgeous 19th-century-inspired apartment | Courtesy Airbnb / Alfredo
If a romantic getaway for two is on the cards, book a stay at this gorgeous 19th-century-inspired apartment. The space is a work of art in itself, with walls that are inspired by the paintings of van Gogh, ornate decorative furniture and sumptuous blue and gold accents. When you’re not enjoying a siesta on the memory-foam double bed, you can visit some of Madrid’s most romantic bars and restaurants, right on your doorstep in the charming La Latina barrio.
This four-person penthouse is perfect for those who want to experience Madrid’s round-the-clock nightlife. Located in Chueca, the neighbourhood famously known as the city’s liberal party zone, this apartment has everything you need to enjoy its unique laid-back buzz. The main bedroom is interior-facing, so blocks out the noise of the surrounding neighbourhood, yet guests still have access to a private roof terrace if they want to soak up Madrid’s lively atmosphere or just enjoy the Spanish sunshine. The terrace even has an outdoor shower, so guests can cool down during the city’s sweltering summer months.
For something a little bit different, escape the searing summer heat and stay in Madrid’s cooler mountainous areas in this quaint cabin. This small yet charming self-contained home is the perfect base camp for hikers and those who want to explore some of the beautiful nature surrounding the country’s capital. Although this mountain retreat is much more remote than a home in the city, it is equipped with everything you need for an enjoyable countryside retreat, including a private swimming pool and a minibar.