You’re heading to Madrid and are all set to experience the city’s incredible culture, history and nightlife, but don’t want to splurge too much on accommodation. Save your pennies for tapas and cerveza by opting to stay in one of these top budget hostels.
Hostel Meeting Point
With views over Madrid’s Almudena Cathedral and a location just steps away from the Royal Palace and central Madrid’s major tourist sights, Hostel Meeting Point is a great location at a reasonable price. The hostel offers both private rooms and mixed and female-only dorms, starting at around €15 (for a bed in a 10-person dorm). Bed linen is included in the price and the hostel also boasts free Wi-Fi, a chill out lounge area and its own laundry room and kitchen. Breakfast is an extra €4.
Mad Hostel is located in the cool neighbourhood of Lavapiés, close to Madrid’s Golden Triangle of Museums, Atocha Train Station and within easy walking distance of all the major sights. The newly renovated rooms comprise double and twin privates as well four and six bed mixed and female-only dorms, which start at around €14. Bed linen is included, Wi-Fi is free and you can enjoy a complementary breakfast every morning before you head out to explore the city. There is a common area and cool outside terrace. Living Madrid is also wheelchair friendly, not something you will find everywhere around here.
Madrileños are known as ‘gatos’ or cats, which is where this centrally-located hostel takes its name from. The rooms, which comprise privates and four, six, eight, ten, 12, 14 and 19-person dorms, are set around a bright, 17th century Moorish-inspired courtyard. Dorm beds start at around €12, which includes free bed linen. The hotel has a very sociable atmosphere and organises regular activities from BBQs to bar crawls around the city.
This boutique hostel is located just off Madrid’s Plaza Mayor and is the place to stay if you’re looking for accommodation that feels slightly more luxurious than a normal hostel. Its designer touches and stylish decor, not to mention very cool rooftop bar, make it one of the most popular recent additions to Madrid’s hostel scene. Room options includes, privates, family rooms and four, six, eight and ten person dorms, including mixed and female-only, which start at around €16. You can enjoy a free beer on the rooftop terrace on arrival.
This hostel is on Calle de las Huertas, one of Madrid’s most popular streets when it comes to bars, restaurants and nightlife, right in the heart of the literary district of Las Letras. Decor and rooms are pretty basic, but prices are cheap and the crowd is international. Choose from four, five, six, eight, nine, ten, or 12 person dorms, including female-only, starting from €12. Bed linen and a free breakfast are included in the price.
Located just off Madrid’s central Puerta del Sol, Barbieri Sol Hostel has 12 rooms divided into privates and four and six-person dorms starting at around €13. The hostel has a relaxing lounge area, as well as kitchen facilities and computer and printer access. Decoration is a bit ‘no frills’ but you can fuel up on a free breakfast and chill out on its outdoor terrace.
Mad4You is located in the hip neighbourhood of Malasaña, one of the most popular nightlife districts of Madrid. Rooms include private singles and doubles, as well as four, six and eight bed dorms, including female-only options that start at around €15. The building, set around a central courtyard, has been recently renovated, so rooms are light, airy and comfortable. The hotel provides free Wi-Fi, breakfast and bed linen and organises free city tours. You can chill out at the end of the day in the communal area or hostel bar.