Where to Stay in Madrid

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Areas to Stay in Madrid

Madrid at a Glance

The buzzing Spanish capital is elegant and interesting, with plenty of world-class museums, an eclectic cuisine, wide boulevards lined with grandiose buildings, and enough artistic flair to keep the hipsters talking. When we say that Madrid is buzzing, we are by no means talking about the afternoon slump, known as a siesta, when Spaniards go home and take it easy during the hottest part of the day. However, do not be fooled into thinking you will be able to keep up with the party animals without one of these naps; the bars only start to fill out after midnight and most party goers will be out till sunrise!

Madrid has many attractive neighborhoods, most of which boast a popular street or plaza where the masses linger in the evenings nibbling away at tapas with a jug of fruity sangria or craft beer to compliment. Not only is Madrid great for culture and history, but football lovers come to the city to support local team, Real Madrid.

Madrid Neighborhoods

  • Malasana

    quirky, bohemian and artistic district

  • Salamanca

    upmarket, expensive neighborhood, quieter, fine-dining

  • Barrio de las Letras

    museums, galleries, culture and history

  • Chueca

    gay community, restaurants, bars, plazas, independent shops

  • Lavapies

    residential, multicultural, restaurants and bars

  • Austrias

    Plaza Mayor, Royal Palace and gardens

  • La Latina

    beautiful and romantic

  • Sol

    tourist hub, the main street of Madrid and shopping

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