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Where to Stay in Madrid?
Madrid is split into districts which contain individual neighbourhoods or barrios. Each of these has its own identity and offers something different in the way of attractions, atmosphere and accommodation options - from cheap hotels to luxurious townhouse retreats.
The central district, Centro, is a good base from which to explore Madrid’s attractions and architecture, grand plazas, fine restaurants and local markets. The pavement cafes of stunning Plaza Mayor are ideal for a spot of people watching and La Latina is a good bet for tapas.
There is a good choice of high-end hotels in the area around the Paseo del Prado. This is an excellent base for those wishing to explore Madrid’s excellent art museums and galleries.
The famous Museo del Prado, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofia Museum are all located along the Paseo del Prado and are essential stops for art lovers.
Shoppers might be tempted by the designer boutiques of upmarket Salamanca which is also home to fine restaurants and good accommodation options.
If you are in Madrid to sample its effervescent nightlife, Huertas is at its heart and also offers several swish, design-orientated places to stay.
Madrid Accommodation Options
There is accommodation to suit all budgets in Madrid. Places to stay range from small, affordable pensiones (independent hotels) and youth hostels to four- and five-star international chains and sleek design hotels.
Room rates vary seasonally and according to demand, but do your research and you will be able to get a cheap hotel deal in Madrid.
If you are looking for good value, try one of the city’s pensiones or hostales. Also increasingly popular, especially for longer stays, are self-catering apartments and apart-hotels.
Madrid Hotel Recommendations?
For five-star luxury, you could consider the Westin Palace Hotel. It is situated in a magnificent building not far from the Museo del Prado. Alternatively, try the Hotel Ritz Madrid which has elegant bedrooms decorated with antique furniture.
Room Mate Laura offers 36 apartments, each equipped with flat-screen television, DVD player, free WiFi and a small kitchen.
The Hotel Plaza Mayor is an affordable option in the centre of town.