Regarding Madrid Hostels:
|Madrid has hundreds of cheap hostels and other lodging establishments. Many are competitive in price and location. The questions is, should you stay in a hostel, hotel, or holiday rental apartment? Below, I've created a complete collection of Madrid hostels (called "hostales") and pensions for those looking for an inexpensive, safe, and clean place to sleep while in Madrid. Remember, you're not in Madrid to SLEEP, but everyone wants to "slep cheap" in Madrid!! Regarding New Years Eve in Madrid, be sure to make your reservations EARLY for Hostels in Puerta del Sol Madrid.|
I've personally stayed at and can recommend Hostal López, Hostal Martín, Hostal Madrid Cervelo, Hostal Dulcinea, Hostal Aresol, Hostal Oporto, & Hostal Chelo. These "hostales" are operated run by hard-working families who have chosen this very difficult full-time career. Please honor andn respect them for their efforts. Read feedback, recommendations, and reviews of MANY Madrid hostels in the "Hostels and Other Lodgings" forum of MadridMan's ALL SPAIN Message Board.
What is a hostel? In Spain - and even in Latin America, hostels are generally very small, family operated budget hotels, found in some of the most interesting, historical, and active parts of the city at very good prices. Don't confuse hostels in Spain with youth hostels, however. Youth-hostels are called "albergues juveniles" (or just "albergues") in Spanish while hostels are called "hostales", pensions are "pensiones".
WHERE to stay? Recommended areas of lodging in Madrid's Old City Center includes the Puerta del Sol, Gran Via, Plaza Mayor, & Huertas neighborhood. My favorite part of Madrid is the old neighborhood of Huertas. Huertas is halfway between Puerta del Sol and the El Prado Museum, easily walkable to the tourist areas, but less touristy and has a number of hostels, wonderful tapas bars, and a real feel of "Old Madrid" with its narrow, jumbled street layout. The busy Puerta del Sol, Gran Vía, & Plaza Mayor areas are "where the action is". This is the tourist center of Old Madrid with easy, on-foot access to all touristic places to visit. If you decide to stay outside of "Old Madrid", don't worry, because the city is VERY WELL connected via metro.