The golden city of sun-drenched rooftops and Diagon Alley-esque passageways might not be on your bucket list yet. Well, wake up and smell the sangria because Madrid is fast becoming the cool kid on the European block, whilst remaining one of the most “Casitza” (genuinely Spanish) cities in Spain. It’s a goldmine for tapas and authentic neighbourhoods; a place where you can go out every night, with legendary party nights on tap. We know where all the central + good value hostels are for you to rest and keep up with Madrid’s fast-paced living, the ones where the staff know your name and where the best flamenco bars are. The best hostels in Madrid are the perfect place to start your night (or morning if you’d rather see the sights), and they’re a lot cheaper than staying in a hotel.
The 10 Best Hostels in Madrid
1. Toc Hostel
It’s 50 Cent’s crib in Barcelona and now you can experience the dopeness of Toc Madrid! Arrive at the art gallery – sorry, hostel – and you’ll find a 24 hour reception, bar and restaurant, fully equipped kitchen and ceilings worth drooling over. Mermaid pool parties are also a thing here. Best of all? Toc is only a 3 minute walk to the kilometer zero in Puerta del Sol (where all the Spanish roads lead from) so it’s LITERALLY in the middle of the country!
Address: Plaza Celenque, 3, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Nearest station: Sol
Oh no, not another palace! Yep, this royal building – turned- boutique hostel not only looks the part but has its own cinema, custom made beds (comfsville!), and tonnes of bathrooms on every floor. The worst part is, they’ve just opened a rooftop terrace – I mean, who would want a drink and dance at sundown with a panoramic view over the city?!
Address: Calle de Sagasta, 22, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Metro: Alonso Martínez and Bilbao
3. The Hat
“Wherever I lay my hat, that’s my home”. It’s fair to say The Hat has nailed those homey vibez with this motto – a 94% customer rating and “Most Popular Hostel in Madrid” Hoscar award tells no lies. The Hat was the first boutique hostel in Madrid, so it obviously has a sweet location to match. You’ll find it in the legendary Plaza Mayor, just three minutes’ walk from the Puerta del Sol, Gran Via andyeah La Latina and one of the best nightlife neighborhoods in the city. And that sunlit rooftop? C’est chic! Fun fact: the hostel is powered by biomass so you can sleep easy knowing you’re doing your bit for the planet.
Address: Calle Imperial, 9, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Metro: La Latina or Tirso de Molina
Madrid is one of those cities that will make you feel at home and Room 007 Chueca is where you’ll find that cosy Madrilenian atmosphere. The hostel is located right in the middle of the golden triangle of Gran Via, Malasaña and Chueca, and very close to La Latina neighborhood where the popular Rastro (the most popular open air flea market in Spain) happens every Sunday. The facilities are impressive and the hostel design is a work of art with rooms adorned with amusing portraits.
Address: Calle de Hortaleza, 74, 28004 Madrid, Spain
5. Sungate One
Guys, this one has a 97% rating from 1,161 reviews and songs of praise for the staff (Fresh – you rock!). Sungate One puts the 5 in 5 star hostel with cute little luxuries such as hair dryers, fresh CHURROS in the morning and free family dinners every night. You’re sure to come away from here with a bunch of friends – whether you like it or not!
Address: Calle Carmen 16, 2nd floor, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Metro: Sol or Gran Via or Callao
Time for some tapas! Where? At Room 007 Ventura in Chueca, one of the most vibrant barrios of Madrid. Food and vino monsters can sample the delicious menu, surrounded by stylish urban décor in the bar area or dine alfresco on the roof terrace. The hostel earns its 93% location rating being a few minutes’ walk from Madrid’s cultural gems such as the Prado Museum, Retiro Park and the Botanical Garden. All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and towels and toiletries for guests. Fanc-ay!
Address: Calle Ventura de la Vega, 5, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Metro: Sol and Sevilla
Living Cat’s Hostel is housed in a former 17th Century Palace, and you’ll find it just a mere moment away from Puerta del Sol. The beautiful courtyard is the hostel’s bohemian centerpiece where travellers sit on one of the giant cushions on the floor under the glass ceiling with Moorish patterns. When darkness falls it transforms into a social den where you can treat yo self to some tapas and *free* homemade sangria. Madrid wouldn’t be Madrid without its vibrant nightlife and Living Cat’s even has a club downstairs so you can party like a Thunder Cat! ?
Address: Calle Cañizares, 6, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Metro: Anton Martin and Tirso de Molina
This little debonair gem is quiet but centrally located (hello, 96% location rating!), one block away from Puerta Del Sol metro station to take you anywhere in the city. Enjoy a free sangria every night on the patio, and indulge in some classic Frank on the hostel’s piano. Far Home? More like Far Home Haven!
Address: Calle de Atocha, 45, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Metro: Antón Martín
This hostel is located in a historic building in the bohemian neighborhood of La Latina, the oldest barrio in Madrid. Cue the medieval streets and terraces filled with tapas bars! Ok Hostel is THE place to meet fellow travelers with its plethora of activities on offer – walking tours, bar crawls, and dinners with an open sangria and beer policy works a charm for those on a budget. Another 97% customer rated hostel – Madrid, you’re killing it!
Address: Calle Juanelo, 24, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Metro: La Latina
10. Mola Hostel
Hostel Mola is an ancient building with stylish minimalism, surrounded by the likes of Calderon Theater, the Plaza Mayor, San Miguel Market and Puerta del Sol. You have a large lounge area and a reception open from sunrise to sunset, plus a kitchen with a badass fridge stocking free coffee and juices. You can book private rooms or dorms for up to 10 people, and the best part is, dorms all have ensuites, hairdryers, and a shelf and outlet in each pod. A molona stay indeed!
Address: Calle de Atocha, 16, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Metro: Sol or Tirso de Molina