With the cool hostels in Madrid that are opening, it’s over sleeping in crappy places when traveling in groups. But if some have even jacuzzi! Ancient palaces in the center of the city, including an old factory, are their locations. All with a common denominator: the desire to have fun and discover the city.
The Hat (calle Imperial, 9)
The first of the cool hostels in Madrid that opened a couple of years ago is still rocking. It occupies an old palace of the late s. XIX very close to the Plaza Mayor. So you better start looking here in advance. Its rooms are simple, with light colors and a touch of Nordic design. And what is wonderful is the terrace on the top floor with views of the old town. If you have not gone up, you do not know what you’re missing.
Bastardo Hostel (calle de San Mateo, 3)
Apart from being one of the coolest hostels in Madrid with the most recent opening, its ground floor looks like a Berlin cultural center. Performing arts on its roof, tango lessons, piano bar, yoga, swing and lindy hop … And all for free. If for chance you’re going to sleep here, they have rooms for up to 6 people with private bathrooms or family rooms. And also the option of communal bedroom for girls, in case you do not want to hear male snores.
Mad4You (calle Costanilla de San Vicente, 4)
Reception open 24 hours for those who end the party eating churros in San Ginés. And for those who go for a run in the morning to Parque de El Retiro. But the real reason why it is unique among the cool hostels in Madrid is this: it’s in a corrala. The most castizo type of building that exists, the typical neighbor’s house of popular neighborhoods, made of wood. And how could it be otherwise, the patio is one of its most important common areas.
TOC Hostel (Plaza Celenque, 3)
Clean, simple and very functional, with a breakfast of those that make you skip the lunch. And rooms with bunk beds for large groups of up to 8 people with common areas. In addition, there’re show cooking sessions in which they teach how to make from the most typical dishes to the latest foodie fashion in the city. You can play whoever pays the beers on their pool table or watch sports shows on their movie screen. And when it’s time to discover the city, you’ll be given guides so you do not miss ná de ná (anything).
*UPDATE*: it’s closed.
Cats Party Hostel Madrid (calle Cañizares, 6)
It’s in the northern part of Lavapiés, and it’s one of those cool hostels in Madrid that you’re going to sleep too much. I’m not going to cheat, not in vain does the word “party” in the name. Typical place where you can go alone and make friends in 5 minutes with which to get to know the city. Especially designed for young people, it has one of the best quality / price relationships for 243 travelers. A step away from Mercado de Antón Martín, one of the best foodies markets in Madrid.
LaNave Hostel (calle del Cadarso, 19)
Next to the Templo de Debod, which is one of the coolest places to take photos in Madrid. But you’re not going to stay here just for that. Of all the cool hostels in Madrid, this is the one that has the closest and most familiar treatment. It only has 10 rooms and all of them are different, since all the furniture is recovered and restored. Come on, it looks like an antiquarian’s house with a lot of style. All this within an alternative space in Moncloa, a former railway component factory that maintains much of its history. That’s why it’s called “LaNave”.
Generator (calle de San Bernardo, 2)
It breathes design in all its rooms and is ideal to crush on foot the Art Triangle of Madrid. Terrace, cocktails, DJ sessions every day … until here everything more or less normal. What I think is extraordinary is that it’s the only one of the cool hostels in Madrid with 2 jacuzzis for free use for clients. So even if this isn’t a city with a beach, do not forget your swimsuit or you’ll regret it. Castizo meals with “croquetas de jamón” or “tortilla de patata”, so foreigns could discover Spanish food.
I warn you, the theme of cool hostels in Madrid has just exploded. And it will not be left only with those on this list. The best of all? That you do not have to be a guest of these accommodations to enjoy their terraces, restaurants, concerts and others. The bad? I wish I were younger to repeat my trips to Madrid…