Madrid is the city to relax in. The capital is run at a leisurely pace, just like all of Spain. They love to enjoy long lunches, afternoon coffees at leisure, and long nights of tapas and conversation. It’s a city that stays up late and gets up early.

Madrid has many great activities, but choosing a great neighborhood where to live in cannot be easy.

There are so many fun, energetic and social hostels that you can choose from. Choosing the right place for your travel style and budget cannot be easy.

This post will share my top picks for hostels in Madrid. Before we get started, there are many things you should consider when choosing a hostel.

After more than a decade of backpacking around the globe, I have learned what makes a great hostel great. These are the top four things you should look out for:

Location Madrid is compact and dense, but moving around cannot be easy. Choose a location close to the sights you wish to visit and the nightlife venues you desire to enjoy. The hostels are all centrally located.

Price Madrid: You get what you pay. If you choose an expensive hostel, you’ll likely get one with poor service and cramped rooms.

Amenities Most hostels provide free Wi-Fi, and some offer breakfast. But, if you need more, do your research and find the one that meets your needs.

Staff All hostels on this page have an amazing staff! They are friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Even if you do not stay at any of these places, you can still look up reviews and make sure you find somewhere that has friendly staff! You can make or break a hostel.

Below is my list of the top Madrid hostels to help you plan your trip. They offer a welcoming respite, a comfortable and friendly place for you to rest your tired head and meet fellow travelers.

The Hat

The Hat hostel is centrally located next to Plaza Mayor, Madrid’s central square. The hostel has large outdoor and common indoor areas and a rooftop bar and terrace that are popular with both locals and visitors. It also hosts nightly social events, making meeting other travelers easy. This is the place to be if you want to socialize but not at a party.

Sungate One

Sungate One is part of the Hostel One hostel group that offers modern, contemporary hostels in Spain, Porto and London. Madrid’s location is just blocks away from Sol, the city’s epicenter. They have a great staff and organize many activities such as group dinners, walking tours, and pub crawls. Although the dorms may be basic, they are clean and well-sized. You can also get free tea, coffee, and even yerba mate 24/7. There is also a fully-equipped kitchen that you can use to prepare your meals.

Ok Hostel Madrid

The Ok Hostel is located in central La Latina near all major tourist attractions and famous tapas spots. Rotating nightly events such as walking tours, bar crawls, and group dinners make the hostel social and enjoyable. You can also hang out at the bar, though it is not a hostel for partying. All the amenities are provided, including reading lights, sockets and storage. Privacy curtains can be found only on the bottom bunks. Private double rooms are available, with some even having their outdoor terraces. You can save money on food by using the fully-equipped kitchen.

The Central House Lavapies

This eco-friendly hostel is located in the heart of hip Lavapies. It’s a multicultural neighborhood with vibrant street art, cool bars, and hip cafes. The hostel feels luxurious and has many cool amenities, including a games room with Nintendo, VR and PlayStation, a rooftop terrace with a plunge pool, and an outdoor patio. You can also enjoy a breakfast buffet at the bar or restaurant, which costs 6.50 EUR. However, you cannot cook your food.

Central House offers a range of rooms. There are dorms, private rooms and even a penthouse apartment with a kitchen for 6 people. All dorms include en-suite bathrooms that have rain showers. Bunks come with individual reading lights, plugs and lockers.

Maxine B. Sandoval

Road To Paradiso is a travel blog that brings out the travel companion stories together so that anyone can learn from the experiences and decide which city to wander, what travel items to carry, and what time to visit.

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