Looking for the right hotel to meet both your needs and budget can sometimes be daunting. Are you looking to stay in the best five star hotels that provide the height of luxury or does your budget mean you’re looking for a cheap one star or youth hostel that which is, preferably, free of cockroaches? The advantage of staying in a city like Madrid is that there is something for everyone and every wallet capacity.
If it’s luxury and class you’re looking for, the city has its fair share of great hotels. For those looking for the aristocratic experience, you can’t beat the Ritz or the Palace Hotel. These hotels are steeped with history and are placed in the perfect location on the Paseo del Prado. If you want to combine the traditional with the modern, then try the Hotel Villa Magna in the prestigious zone of Barrío Salamanca, close to Calle Serrano with its designer shops and palatial buildings just off the Paseo de la Castellana. If it’s intimate luxury you’re craving for, then why not look at some of the smaller five stars in Madrid, such as the Hotel Villa Real. Set in the prime location near the Plaza Cibeles and the Paseo del Prado, this hotel with its neo-classical design, lives up to the philosophy that small is beautiful. It has one of the finest private collections of antiquities and roman mosaics in the city, and has two award winning restaurants on site with excellent haute cuisine and genuine Andy Warhol paintings.
Madrid with its Spanish sun only lacks a good beach, so what about finding a hotel with a pool? In the built-up city, finding something in the center with a pool may seem next to impossible, however, even on the shopping artery of Gran Vía you’ll find hotels with rooftop pools to meet your needs. Enjoy amazing views across Madrid’s cosmopolitan skyline from the pool in the four star Hotel Emperador on Gran Vía—only a stones throw away from the city’s centre, Puerta del Sol. Cool off by the pool in the Hotel Room Mate Oscar, maybe after a crazy night out in Madrid’s trendy gay and lesbian quarter of Chueca or its neighboring Barrío Malasaña. Reflecting the trendy streets of the neighborhood, this hotel is decorated in avant-garde, colorful lines, and boasts one of the liveliest pools in the area.
For those looking for a central location, but also close to the Jewish hub of Madrid, then the modest three-star Hotel Tryp Las Alondras and Hotel Best Western Trafalgar in the Chamberí neighborhood are a good choice. While neither hotel is Kosher, they are within walking distance from both the Beth Yaacov Synagogue and the Jewish Community of Madrid. Close by, you’ll also find kosher restaurants and delis.
If backpacking is your thing or you’re looking for a fun but cheap option for travel, the main Youth Hostel is not actually a bad bet. Recently refurbished, the Madrid Municipal Youth Hostel is not only central, but it’s one of the best youth hostels in Europe. The building itself includes a popular drama school, so it’s always guaranteed to be interesting. Facilities included in the Youth Hostel are: bunk-beds, individual reading lamps, heating and air-conditioning, full bathroom and full security with lockers and doors with magnetic card access.