On a shoestring: accommodation for under €25
For a bill that’s easier to digest, we recommend looking at one of the city’s many youth hostels or guesthouses. Since 2007, the city centre has been home to the Albergue Juvenil Madrid, a municipal youth hostel that is receives good reviews from many travellers for its low prices (€25 per night/€20 for under-25s) that include breakfast. Backpackers enjoy the lively, central location of the Barbieri Sol Hostel, a clean, modern establishment that offers use of the kitchen, free wifi and breakfast served on the roof terrace. Beds in a shared dormitory start at €12 and private rooms sleeping two from €22.
High quality at a low price
Located close to the Plaza Mayor, the l'Hostal Art Madrid (from €48) stands out from the city’s many guesthouses for its modern decor and air-conditioned rooms. Guests can also expect a warm welcome from the staff. Just 25 metres from the Puerta del Sol, there’s a lot of enthusiasm for the friendly staff and cosy décor at the Hostal Comercial (from €50), which has a homely atmosphere. The guesthouse Flat5 Madrid is seen as a very good deal, receiving plenty of compliments for the brightness and spaciousness of the colourful rooms (from €34 to €65) and the attentive staff.
If you prefer the comfort of a hotel, the Eurostars Zarzuela Park and the Gran Legazpi both offer very competitive prices and facilities. Rates at the 4-star Eurostars Zarauela Park start at a highly reasonable €65. While the pool gives it particular appeal, the location on a hilltop, 10 kilometres from the city centre is seen as an inconvenience by some (and of course an advantage by others). Arriving by car can be a good plan seen as the hotel offers free parking. As for the , its location near to Calle 30 means the transport links are better, with a metro station a stone’s throw from the hotel that travellers find handy for getting to and from the centre. Renovated in 2004, this 3-star establishment boasts remarkably elegant interiors, its communal areas furnished with marble and fine wood, make the rates (from €65) seem especially attractive. With a mix of residential and commercial buildings and easy transport links for the centre, guests have found the area around the Hotel Amaral (from €55) to be a pleasant neighbourhood. The hotel proposes modern rooms that are considered spacious for its price and category, plus a fitness centre.
Economical Options for a Business Trip
From €90, the Abba Castilla Plaza Hotel is recommended for business travellers that want to stay in the heart of the business district. The rooms at this 4-star establishment are apparently very spacious and the staff highly competent, plus the restaurant seems to have satisfied the majority of appetites, even if its prices are considered slightly excessive. Good transport links ensure that visitors can easily reach the centre by bus or metro. If you plan on working, take note that while wifi access is free in the communal areas, a supplement is charged for use in the rooms. Located halfway between the IFEMA conference centres and the city centre, the High Tech Arturo Soria Alcala offers interesting rates (from €55) For a modern, 4-star hotel and services adapted to business travellers including free wifi, use of a laptop and breakfast.