Madrid, as an international destination, caters for any type of visitor, from billionaires and the middle class to millennials. From very high class boutique hotels, mid-range hotel brands and guest houses to even the most basic hostel and airbnb accommodation, you can take your pick. With such a huge metropolis, it can be hard to find the right accommodation in the right setting. There are many barrios (districts) of Madrid which have their own identity, and it depends on what you need as to where you may want to stay. If you’re interested in traditional architecture, you could try Los Austrias barrio to the west of the centre, however if you’re looking for excitement, then Malasaña or Chueca could be for you. If you’d prefer to be right in the thick of the selfie-snapping tourists, Sol is for you. However, those looking for a relaxing retreat may find Chamberi pleasant.
To enjoy a luxurious stay, the Gran Meliá Dukes Palace is a perfect option, or book the same rooms Ernest Hemingway and Matt Damon stayed at Hotel Wellington. Mid-range hotel brands such as NH have options all over the city, while for budget travellers there are countless hostels and airbnb rooms.
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A hip and exciting barrio, Malasaña is one of the top places to find accommodation in Madrid. Explorations of the district usually begin at Plaza del dos de Mayo. An arch frames a statue of independence heroes, creating a focal point for the plaza. Local markets frequent this plaza and lively terraces abound. Accommodation options include funky apartments, brand hotels and modern guesthouses. It’s near to sights and the alternative Chueca barrio.
La Latina is the perfect choice for those who love eating and drinking at tapas bar terraces until early in the morning. Find accommodation in La Latina and you’ll be able to take a very satisfied walk around main bar and restaurant streets, Cava Alta and Baja. It may be a bit further west of the central attractions, but La Latina is nonetheless a good choice with an array of bright hostels and even a boutique 16th century converted barn.
Just a breath to the north of Parque del Buen Retiro is the upper class district of Salamanca. Designer shops and tree-lined boulevards make this an exclusive barrio. Fine dining, bespoke fashion shopping and incredible mansions make this area suitable for the elite. Hotels of note in Salamanca are the Melia Madrid Serrano with its rooftop terrace and stylish lobby and NH Hesperia.
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