From budget-friendly beds to award-winning accommodation, check out the best hostels in Madrid.
Hostels are one of the most popular options for visitors to Madrid who are eager to explore the city’s art galleries, tapas culture and legendary nightlife. There are a host of beautifully designed places in the city, offering travellers everything from rooftop bars to free group dinners. Whether you are looking to save a few euros or meet fellow travellers, staying at one of Madrid’s best hostels could be a great option for your next trip.
The Hat Madrid
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The Hat is situated just off Madrid’s historic Plaza Mayor | Courtesy of The Hat Madrid / Hotels.com
Billing itself as the “hostel for intelligent travellers”, The Hat is located in a period building just off Madrid’s historic Plaza Mayor, right in the centre of the city. The decor is dominated by clean lines, a white colour scheme and industrial touches, making this reasonably priced hostel feel more like a designer hotel. Travellers are greeted with a welcome beer on the hostel’s roof bar; serving cocktails and a selection of tapas, this is a great spot to start the night. The Hat’s high-ceilinged rooms are available in mixed, women-only and private, with beds in 10-person dorms starting at just under €20 (£17) a night, including a buffet breakfast.
Bastardo opened in spring 2018 with an enviable location between hip Malasaña and Chueca, the centre of the city’s LGBTQ scene. Its stylish decor matches the location, with a hip, glass-fronted communal space, bar, restaurant and roof terrace, as well as rooms named after cultural luminaries such as Patti Smith and Luis Buñuel. The neat dorms feature built-in wooden bunk beds and flashes of neon; rooms range from six-bed dorms to private doubles and family rooms –and there’s even one with its very own roof terrace. More than just a place to lay your head, Bastardo is a veritable cultural hub, hosting regular concerts, film screenings and exhibitions.
With a specific mission to help travellers connect, OK Hostel is a place where you can meet new people, socialise and make travel buddies. It hosts regular social dinners and events, including tapas crawls, beer pong and walking tours. Dorms, which are minimalist and modern with a red and white colour scheme, include mixed and women-only four- and six-bed rooms, with beds starting at around €15 (£13). Private single and double rooms are also available. Located between the multicultural Lavapiés and La Latina, many of Madrid’s most popular attractions and foodie haunts are all within easy walking distance of this hostel, which is much more than OK.
Part of a small chain of Spanish hostels, TOC Hostel is housed in a grand 19th-century building between the central Puerta del Sol and Ópera. It has spacious, modern interiors mixed with original features that include a sweeping wooden staircase and ceiling frescoes that wouldn’t look out of place in the nearby opera house. Eight- and six-bed dorms, both mixed and women-only, feature cosy bunks and start at €17 (£14.50), while spacious private doubles and family rooms start at €70 (£60) a night. Guests can hang out in the hostel’s bar, communal spaces and games zone, or self-cater using the well-equipped kitchen.
A regular comment from travellers staying at Hostel One is how friendly the staff are, and this welcoming attitude contributes to the fun, sociable atmosphere of this hostel. The Europe-wide chain’s award-winning second hostel in Madrid is bang in the middle of the vintage shops, indie clubs and on-trend bars of Malasaña. Try the free, nightly ‘family dinners’ prepared by the staff, as well as a free day trips and activities and evening entertainment. The decor is pared-back, and the rooms feature metal bunk beds. Beds in six-bed dorms start at just under €15 (£13), while twin privates are available from around €75 (£64).
One of the most popular hostels in Madrid, Mola! Hostel dominates Plaza Jacinto Benavente, between the central Puerta del Sol and Lavapiés, a neighbourhood where travellers can discover world cuisine, indie art galleries and vivid street art. The decor is modern, with a blue and white colour scheme in dorms ranging from four-bed to 10-bed and starting at around €15 (£13) per night. There is a nightly bar crawl and a spacious common area, located on the lower floors so guests upstairs can sleep peacefully away from the din. There’s also a group-friendly ethos; the staff are happy to organise group activities and trips if you get in touch in advance.
This hostel, part of a local chain, is handily located between Madrid’s main Atocha station and its neighbouring Paseo del Prado, home to the city’s major art galleries, including the Prado and the Reina Sofia. Rooms, decorated in white with modern orange accents and wooden flooring, are cosy, and dorm beds start at €18 (£15.50), while doubles start at €40 (£34). The hostel is well integrated into the local community and holds regular exhibitions of local artists’ work in its bar and common area. A small patio provides a shady spot for a morning coffee or an evening tipple.