One of Madrid’s most popular new places to stay, The Hat is a boutique hostel that feels more like a design hotel. Its cool interiors elevate it from the typical basic hostel, and its secret rooftop bar is one of the city’s hippest destinations; you even get a free beer there on arrival. The hostel is located right next to Plaza Mayor, Madrid’s central square, and is within easy walking distance of all the major sights and nightlife of the city. The hostel has double rooms, family rooms and shared dorms, including female-only options.
Mola Hostel is located right in the centre of Madrid, close to all the major sights and nightlife. It describes itself as a ‘poshostel’ because of its cool design and its many welcome amenities, such as its fully equipped bathrooms. The hostel has private rooms and dorms for four, six, eight or ten people, as well as female-only dorms. Mola’s social activities include free walking tours, pub crawls, tours to Toledo, Avila and Segovia and tickets to football matches.
U Hostel Madrid
Madrid’s first luxury youth hostel is ideal if your style is more relaxation than roughing it. Set in a 19th-century palace, the hostel, part of the Safestay hostel group, is located near Alonso Martinez square. The hostel has double rooms, as well as dorms for four, six, eight and 12 people. There are also women-only rooms and family rooms available. A Spanish breakfast costs €1. The hostel also offers free organised tours, free sangria drinking games, flamenco shows and party nights.
Toc Hostel Madrid
This hip hostel, just off the central Puerta del Sol, takes interior design seriously; its decor is more Scandinavian chic than student digs. If you’re looking for beautiful accommodation for bargain prices, this is your place. The hostel has its own café/bar, as well as a mini-supermarket, so you can stock up on all those late-night snacks. Choose from double rooms, or dorms for four, six, or eight people. Female-only dorms are also available.
Mad4You is located in what is possibly Madrid’s hippest neighbourhood, Malasaña. This area, jam-packed with cool bars, restaurants and vintage shops, was the centre of La Movida Madrileña, the countercultural movement that sprang up after the death of Spanish dictator Franco in 1975. Today, Mad4You attracts a cool crowd and offers single and double rooms as well as dorms for four, six and eight people. There are female-only dorms too. The hostel has an interior patio, perfect for hanging out and meeting new people, and breakfast is included, so you can fuel up for your day of exploring for free.
Far Home Atocha
This cosy hostel, located near Madrid’s main Atocha train station, offers great deals on private double, triple and twin rooms, as well as dorms for four, six, eight and ten. Less a party hostel, Far Home is more popular with older travellers and family groups, so it’s ideal if you’re looking for a slightly more laid-back vibe. The hostel is close to all the major sites and includes a common room and outdoor patio area.
Set in the heart of La Latina, Madrid’s oldest neighbourhood and the epicentre of its tapas scene, OK Hostel is a popular option with travellers for its cool design, comfortable rooms and excellent social scene; so much so that it was named the second-best large hostel worldwide in 2017 by Hostelworld. Choose from double rooms and dorms for four or six people, including female-only dorms. Social activities include walking tours and bar crawls.
This popular hostel is located near Tirso de Molina, close to Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor as well as the cool, multicultural neighbourhood of Lavapies, one of Madrid’s most exciting areas, full of street art, hip bars and restaurants. Way Hostel prides itself on its many options for travellers, so whether you’re looking for a six-bed private room, a cosy double or a cheap bed in a 12-person dorm, the hostel has you covered. Its friendly staff organise lots of activities, including bar crawls, visits to flamenco shows and walking tours.
Friendly staff? Check. Lots of different bed options? Check. Great social scene? Check. Sungate One is one of the best-rated Madrid hostels and is the third-best small hostel in the world, according to Hostelworld. Its location, just off the Gran Vía, Madrid’s main shopping street, is great for all the sights, as well as the city’s best nightlife. One huge pro at Sungate One is the fact that there are no bunk beds – every bed is a single, and beds are already made up on arrival, so no making your own – luxury! The hostel has its own fully equipped kitchen, as well as free churros every morning, bar crawls from 11.30pm each night and €1 beers.
If you are looking for somewhere that is really more a hotel than a hostel, Hostal Gala fits the bill. There are no dorms, just shared rooms, from singles and doubles to triples and four-, five- or six-bed family rooms. Its a great budget option for family or friends travelling together who don’t quite fancy roughing it in a traditional hostel. The crowd is mainly families, groups of friends and older travellers.