You can’t get much closer to the airport than the residential district of Barajas, making it a good choice for those on a short stopover. The hotel Clement Barajas (4-star) comes recommended for its modern comfortable rooms, which reviewers report as being perfectly soundproof. Various shops and cafés are within easy reach of the hotel, as is the metro stop for a trip into central Madrid. From £47. A close competitor in terms of price (from £44) and proximity to the airport, the Axor Feria (4-star) has received praise for its chic, contemporary interiors, the efficient staff and its games room equipped with Wii consoles. The only catch seems to be that there aren’t many dining options in the area, meaning guests have no convenient alternative to the hotel canteen. From the same group but located just a little further away from the airport, the Axor Barajas is also a big hit with travellers in transit. Offering the same stylish interiors as the Feria, plus the added bonuses of a fitness centre, a sauna and a substantial restaurant, guests feel they get excellent value for money (from £54) here, judging by the glowing reviews. The Axor hotels are a popular choice for both couples and individual travellers, their bright, spacious rooms furnished with quality beds. The ultra-efficient air conditioning can apparently veer to the chilly side of fresh at times, so those who are sensitive to the cold might want to request an extra blanket. The Auditorium Madrid (from £54) proposes a more classic décor and a wealth of facilities including a heated outdoor pool (covered during the winter months), a sauna, a fitness centre and four paddle-tennis courts. Guests are also keen to report on the calmness of the hotel and the satisfying buffet breakfast. The Clement Barajas, Axor Feria, Axor Barajas and Auditorium Madrid all provide a shuttle service to the airport terminals.
Guests regularly cite the classic décor and generous sized rooms at the Hôtel Don Luis (3-star) as features that make this hotel something of a refuge from the noise and bustle. The terminals are only a five-minute ride from the hotel on the metro, and rooms start at a very reasonable £33. Quite possibly the most economic option, the Ibis Madrid Aeropuerto Barajas (2-star) provides basic accommodation that conforms to the standards of the chain from £30. Highly practical, the hotel has understood the needs of its guests by offering a shuttle service and serving breakfast from 4:30am for those with an early flight.
Great Value Guesthouses
For accommodation with a personal touch, which can be a real comfort after a long haul, the following guesthouses located in the area immediately surrounding the airport could be just the ticket. Visitors who have stayed at the Hostal T4 (from £38) emphasize its value for money given the relaxing atmosphere created by its soft, neutral colour schemes. The friendliness of the owners has also made a good impression on guests, as has the handy minibus transfer to the airport (10 minutes away, around €6 per person). Located next to the Parque Juan Carlos, a vast green space that’s home to a collection of contemporary sculptures, the Hostal Los Coronales (from £33) scores highly for its cleanliness, its calm atmosphere and the establishment’s good sense of hospitality. A free airport shuttle can also be arranged. According to the reviews, the Hostal Avenida Barajas’s main strong points are its proximity to Barajas metro (one stop away from the airport), its well-kept rooms and its friendly personnel. From £40. The Hostal Viky (from £40) is the closest guesthouse to the airport and while the accommodation is basic, the thoughtful owners have quickly made guests feel welcome and comfortable. The free, 24-hour shuttle is also highly appreciated. Travellers should note that the hotel is not equipped with a lift and that wifi connection is available for an extra charge (around 2€ for 24 hours).