Located right in the heart of Malasaña near the buzzing Plaza del Dos de Mayo, Mad4You has eight-, six- and four-bed dorms, female-only dorms and a choice of doubles and singles if you’re looking for a bit more privacy. A fresh breakfast buffet is available for free every morning and a common room, patio area and bar are ideal for socialising and meeting other travellers.
Right on the Gran Vía, Madrid’s main street and the southern border of Malasaña is Mucho Madrid. The hostel is a good budget choice is you’re travelling with friends; it has quadruple, triple and twin private rooms, as well as four- and three-bed dorms. There is a kitchenette where guests can cook, and towels, linen and breakfast are included in the price.
Pil Pil Hostel
This modern hostel is set in the increasingly popular Conde Duque district, in the east of Malasaña, just a few minutes from Gran Vía. It has 10-, six- and four-bed mixed dorms and eight-bed female-only dorms, as well double and four-bed private rooms, if you’re travelling with a partner, friends or family and want a bit more privacy. There is a 24-hour reception, so late arrivals are no problem.
Hostal CC Malasaña
More a guesthouse than a hostel (hostal in Spanish often refers to a small bed and breakfast or guest house rather than to a hostel), CC Malasaña is a good, reasonably priced option if you want to stay in a more private setting to a traditional hostel but still want to get a good price. It is right in the centre of Malasaña, on one of the neighbourhood’s best streets for bars and restaurants.
This stylish boutique hostel is one of three in Madrid; their interiors are quirky and design-focussed and it feels very different to the stereotype of a no-frills hostel. There is a range of different dorm options, including female-only, and there are private double and twin rooms available, too. The hostel has a spacious lounge with terrace area, ideal for summer, as well as a kitchen and daily walking tours.
The area’s newest hostel opened its doors in 2017 and has a prime location right on Plaza Pedro Zerolo, just steps from Gran Vía and the bars, shops and nightlife of Chueca. Decor is cool, with a green hue throughout. There is a bar area where travellers can easily mingle, and football and ping-pong tables. Linen and breakfast are included in the price.
Set near Alonso Martínez, just to the north of Chueca, Safestay Madrid has four-, six-, eight- and 12-bed dorms with shared bathrooms, and premium four- and six-bed dorms with an ensuite bathroom – great for groups of friends or family travelling together. The decor is modern and stylish and the location is within easy walking distance of all Chueca’s highlights and the centre of Madrid.