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Where to stay in Madrid

Being the sprawling metropolis that it is, deciding where to stay in Madrid can be a daunting task. Each of Madrid’s beautiful barrios (neighbourhoods) has something to offer the discerning traveller. From unbridled luxury to homespun authenticity, let your imagination run wild with the nearly endless possibilities available to you. Each street and building holds a piece of Madrid’s rich history within its facade. Whether your decision is based on affordability, accessibility or comfort, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in Madrid.

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  • La Latina

    If tapas, beer and mojitos sound like your thing, La Latina is the right neighbourhood for you. Bustling terrace bars and restaurants are Madrid tradition, and in La Latina tradition is paramount. Home to the legendary Casa Lucio, enjoy sumptuous local cuisine approved by Spanish royalty, American presidents and Hollywood A-listers. La Latina is your quintessential nightlife neighbourhood.

  • Gran Via

    Right in the city centre, the Gran Via is a truly fascinating and thriving part of town to explore. As Madrid's answer to Broadway, this is the place to be if you want to catch a world-class performance. Musicals, ballet, comedy and flamenco are all playing at any one time somewhere in the Gran Via district.

  • Salamanca

    Salamanca is a place of true beauty. Grand stone buildings, centuries old, line the streets. The architecture and design of the Renaissance is apparent everywhere you look. The stunning Plaza Mayor is a particular highlight of this area. The neighbourhood is also a vital part of Madrid's student culture. After dark, Salamanca comes alive with fun, frivolity and excitement.

  • Chueca and Malasana

    The quaint but lively neighbourhoods of Chueca and Malasana are the places to be if you're after a bit of fun when the sun goes down. Plaza de Chueca is at the centre of barrio activity. Charming cafes and restaurants make for lovely spots to stop and enjoy the sun with a coffee in hand, while at night the bustling bars and clubs are the home of Madrid's LGBTI+ scene.

  • Barrio de las Letras

    Barrio de las Letras is Madrid's spiritual home of culture and art. Many of Spain's greatest names in literature have lived along the streets of las Letras; the pavement stones of many pedestrian walkways are emblazoned with famous quotes from their hallowed and heralded works. Three of Madrid's greatest galleries and museums can also be found here, known locally as the Art Triangle.

Frequently asked questions

When packing for a trip to Madrid, don't forget the essentials like your visa, passport, chargers, camera, some euro and the correct power adaptor. Clothing wise, check out the seasonality guides and pack to suit the conditions - aka some layers for winter and lighter options for summer. Other necessities include a walking shoes, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Also, when they say it gets hot in summer, they mean it. No one likes sweating bullets as they mince through the streets of Spain. Long story short, invest in a mini fan - it will quickly become your new best friend.

Madrid boasts fast and affordable public transport and can easily be explored on foot by those hoping to stay in the city centre. Accommodation wise, most travellers will opt to stay in Plaza del Sol, Salamanca, Huertas, Chueca and La Latina.

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In Madrid, the summers tend to be short, dry and mostly clear before autumn gives way to the colder months of winter. Most travellers opt to visit the Spanish city in spring between March and June, where locals enjoy pleasant temperatures and relatively clear days. 

If there are two things that Madrid is known for, it is colourful neighbourhoods and flavour-packed Spanish cuisine. Throughout your stay, be sure to visit hotspots like Thyssen Bornemisza and Museo del Prado, immerse yourself in local Spanish culture and witness a soccer game at the iconic Plaza Mayor.

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