The 10 Best Hostels in Madrid

Updated on: 21/02/2024 by Mike

Choosing a hostel in Madrid that suits your needs during your stay in Madrid can be a daunting task. My guide to the best hostels in Madrid will assist you with this.

While it is better to stay in a hostel close to the city centre, that is not really necessary in Madrid because it has one of the best metro systems in the world.

Madrid is one of the best cities to visit in Spain. Here you’ll find some of the best museums in the world, excellent food, and an even better nightlife scene.

Best Hostels in Madrid - Quick Answers

General Information on Hostels in Madrid

Some of Madrid's hostels are among the best hostels in Europe and they usually have some extremely affordable dorm bed options.

The more expensive the hostel is, the closer it is to the centre (Centro District, which includes Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, and Gran Via). You will get a better rate if you are willing to stay a few metro stops away from the city centre.

Here are a few things you should consider before booking a hostel in Madrid:

  1. Price - In bed in a dorm room starts at €10 per night (normally large dorm rooms) in the off-season, but expect to pay €20 to €30 per night in a medium-sized dorm room (6 to 10 beds) in the high season. As with all other major cities in Europe prices at the weekend tend to be 30% to 50% higher.
  2. Location & Transport - Since Madrid is such a large spread out city, it's advisable to stay in a central area near the major attractions and nightlife. All hostels listed below are in central locations but you may have to take the metro on a daily basis to get in and out of the city centre. I recommend buying the 10-journey ticket because it's the best value. It costs only €6.10 and can be purchased at any of the ticket machines in the metro stations. These machines are in four different languages including English. The 2 main metro station hubs are Puerto del Sol and Gran Via stations because nearly all metro lines intersect at these 2 stations.
  3. Amenities/Services - Every hostel in Madrid provides free Wi-Fi, and some even include breakfast in the price, but if you require more specialized services, do your research to find the hostel that best matches your requirements.
  4. Staff - The majority of Madrid hostels have excellent staff. They are usually very friendly and will give you excellent recommendations for restaurants, bars, and clubs, among other things. However, my recommendation is to read reviews to ensure that the hostel you select has friendly and helpful staff, as rude or unhelpful staff might ruin your hostel experience.

The Best Hostels in Madrid

Here's my comprehensive guide to the 10 best hostels in Madrid:

1. Safestay Madrid

The Breakfast Room at Safeway Madrid which is one of the best hostels in Madrid.

Safestay Madrid is my favourite hostel in Madrid by a long shot. It's located in a very central location.

The Alonzo Martinez metro station is only 120 meters and there is a convenience store (Dia) that's only 3 doors down from the hostel.

Malasana which is the area with the largest concentration of bars and restaurants is only 500 metres away.

Safestay Madrid is set in a completely renovated 19th-century building. But it keeps a lot of its old charming features. This 6-floor building has 2 lifts to wiz you up and down from your room. All of this makes Safestay the best hostel in Madrid.

Dorm Room at Safeway Madrid which is one of the best hostels in Madrid.

The dorm rooms are bright, immaculately clean, and very spacious. Each bed has a large locker. Don't worry if you forget to bring a padlock as they are sold downstairs at reception.

All dorm rooms are heated in the Winter and have air-conditioning in the Summer. Each dorm bed comes with its own shelf where you can put some personal items. The mattresses are very comfortable.

Safestay also has one of the best rooftop bars in Madrid and this is one of its standout features. It's open every night from 6 pm to 3 am. It's located on the 6th floor of the hostel and can be accessed by one of the lifts. This is clearly signed.

Because of its vibrant rooftop bar, Safestay is also one of the best hostels in Madrid for partygoers.

Dorm beds from €16.00, Private rooms from €55.80

2. Generator Madrid

Generator Madrid Rooftop Bar

Generator Madrid is a mega-sized hostel located bang in the centre of Madrid. It's only 100 meters from the infamous Gran Via street.

This hotel comes complete with 24-hour reception, free wifi, a restaurant, and one of the best rooftop bars in Madrid.

Generator Madrid Dorm Room

The dorm rooms are of an exceptionally high standard. The bunk beds are very well-designed and are very comfy.

All dorm rooms have an en-suite shower and toilet. The private rooms are of a 4-star hotel standard.

The hostel has different common areas, a restaurant, a basement cafe bar, a rooftop bar, and a specially designated area where digital nomads work on their laptops.

The breakfast costs €7.50 and is well worth it. The only downside to this hostel is that they do not allow you to bring your own food or drink.

Dorm beds from €24.00, Private rooms from €113.20

3. Sungate One

Best Hostels in Madrid - Sungate One

Sungate One hostel is conveniently located in the heart of Madrid, making it one of the greatest hostels in the city.

It is also easily accessible from the airport and main train station. This backpacker hostel is near historical, nightlife, and shopping attractions in the Centro neighbourhood. The city's main squares and essential attractions are also within walking distance.

Best Hostels in Madrid - Sungate One

Sungate's mixed and female dorms, as well as double rooms, are spacious, bright, and intended specifically for travellers.

Every room is equipped with air conditioning. You can rest or mix with other guests in the large common area. A fully equipped kitchen is available to you.

Dorm beds from €16.80, Private rooms from €54.20

4. Ok Hostel Madrid

Hostels in Madrid - Ok Hostel Madrid

Ok Hostel Madrid is located in the bohemian Barrio La Latina neighbourhood near Madrid's historical centre and only a few feet away from the metro line and important tourist attractions such as Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, and the world-renowned Museum Triangle.

Hostels in Madrid - Ok Hostel Madrid

Their dorm rooms are well-decorated and roomy. Every evening, social events such as beer pong and a bar crawl are held, and all rooms have air conditioning.

Ok Hostel is one of the best hostels in Madrid for solo female travellers because they offer super chic female-only dorms.

Dorm beds from €15.50, Private rooms from €50.00

5. The Hat Madrid

Best Hostels in Madrid - The Hat Madrid

The Hat Madrid bills itself as Madrid's first boutique hostel. The hotel is housed in a mansion on the historic Plaza Mayor, just 3 minutes from the Puerta del Sol, Gran Via, and La Latina.

best hostels in madrid the hat hostel madrid

They offer private and shared rooms, for females, families, and groups of friends. Air conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi are standard in all rooms, and breakfast is available for a modest cost.

There's a solarium, an outside patio, and a lot of social space. The Hat also happens to be one of the best hostels in Madrid for couples.

Dorm beds from €20.00, Private rooms from €49.00

6. Toc Hostel Madrid

Hostels in Madrid - Toc Hostel Madrid

Toc Hostel Madrid has a wide range of room types, private or shared, in case you come alone, as a couple, with family or friends.

If you enjoy meeting new people from all over the world and are a sociable traveller, their 8-bed and 6-bed dorms with comfortable bunk beds and large lockers to store your belongings are ideal.

Hostels in Madrid - Toc Hostel Madrid

With fingertip keys, 24-hour reception, security cameras, and additional amenities like free wifi, a bar and restaurant, a kitchen, a common lounge, and a games zone, they have some of the most advanced security technology available.

All of this makes Toc Hostel one of the best hostels in Madrid.

Dorm beds from €21.20, Private rooms from €90.30

7. Way Hostel

Best Hostels in Madrid - Way Hostel

Way Hostel is in the quiet Tirso de Molina neighbourhood, just around the corner from Puerta del Sol, Madrid's nerve centre.

It is within walking distance of most landmarks in Madrid, including the weekly Rastro market, Puerta del Sol, La Latina, and Plaza Mayor.

Best Hostels in Madrid - Way Hostel

They offer a variety of rooms, activities, and services to guarantee that you have a nice stay.

Way Hostel has recently updated its common rooms and facilities, adding reading lamps to each bed, individual plugs, new and modern lockers, and ultra-high-speed Wi-Fi.

Way Hostel is one of the best hostels in Madrid for backpackers who are on a tight budget as a bed in a dorm room starts at only €14.00 per night.

Dorm beds from €13.90, Private rooms from €55.30

8. Far Home Atocha

Hostels in Madrid - Far Home Atocha

Far Home Atocha is located on Calle Atocha in the heart of Madrid's city centre, about 250 meters from Plaza Mayor Square and 300 meters from Sol Square.

They offer both mixed and female dormitories, they provide a selection of private rooms and single beds, and the hostel also caters to families and groups.

Hostels in Madrid - Far Home Atocha

With a patio terrace, common area, and conference room, Far Home Atocha is a stylish and modern hostel. Free WiFi, a desk, separate lockers, air conditioning, a private or shared bathroom, and a small balcony are included.

Dorm beds from €19.00, Private rooms from €53.00

9. MuchoMadrid

Hostels in Madrid - MuchoMadrid

MuchoMadrid is located on Gran Va in the heart of Madrid, near several notable landmarks such as the Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Royal Palace, and Royal Opera, all of which are within walking distance of the hostel.

This hostel also close to places like Santa Ana, Huertas, Chueca, and Malasana, which are known for their nightlife.

best hostels in madrid muchomadrid hostel madrid

They have five spacious and comfortable rooms. Each guest is given their own locker, as well as towels and bed linen. They also have a TV lounge and a guest kitchen where guests can make meals.

Dorm beds from €19.10, Private rooms from €53.50

10. Scout Madrid Hostel

Scout Madrid Hostel Common Area

Scout Madrid Hostel is situated in a completely renovated building that has a modern and contemporary design.

This hostel is located in the Barrio de Moratalaz neighbourhood of Madrid. It takes about 20 minutes to reach the centre on the metro.

The hostel follows Scout values and there is a lot of Scout merchandise beside the reception but don't let this put you off. 

Scout Madrid Hostel Dorm Bed

The staff are extremely friendly and helpful. The rooms are spacious and bright. Each bunk bed has its own socket, night lamp, privacy, and locker.

The door is keycard access only for extra security. Breakfast is included in the price and there is a large common area behind the reception. 

Dorm beds from €25.75, Private rooms from €182.25 (6 people)

Final Thoughts on the Best Hostels in Madrid

I hope this guide to the best hostels in Madrid assists you in selecting a hostel that best meets your needs during your visit to Madrid. Although the overall grade of hostels in Madrid is high, there are still those that are poor or substandard.

Hopefully, this guide can assist you in avoiding substandard and mediocre hostels, ensuring that you have a pleasant stay in Madrid. My favourite hostel in Madrid is Safestay.

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