Madrid, Spain’s capital city, can be an expensive place to stay. Luckily, if you’re a budget traveler and don’t mind staying in a youth hostel, Madrid has several excellent cheap youth hostels offering comfortable beds, awesome facilities, cooking facilities, nice staff and situated in convenient locations from where you can travel all over Madrid.
Barbieri Sol Hostel – Centrally located just feet from Madrid’s Puerta del So, the Barbieri Soi Hostel offers comfortable, clean accommodation, friendly staff and is in a perfect location for some of Madrid’s best restaurants and cafes.
At Barbieri Sol Hostel, you have a choice of either a private room with a shared bathroom or, if you like to stay really on the cheap, take a bunk bed in a mixed dorm with three or five other adults to cut costs.
The hostel’s room rates include an excellent Continental breakfast, there’s a kitchen you can use if you like to cook your own food and, if you don’t, there are many cafes and eateries round about serving some of Madrid’s best food. Plus, if you love Spanish tapas, you’ll want to stay here as there are so many tapas bars nearby you’ll be spoiled for choice.
You can also get your laundry done at Barbieri Sol Hostel, rent a bicycle if you want to see the city and don’t like public transportation, and there’s even a roof top terrace if you want to sunbathe or just hang out and read a book.
Prices for a bunk bed in a 4-bed or 6-bed dorm room begin at $28. Extremely cheap for this superb location.
You’ll find Barbieri Sol Hostel at Victoria, 6 piso 2, 01.Centro, 28012 Madrid, Spain.
Hostal Dolce Vita – The Hostal Dolce Vita is such a cool youth hostel. Decorated in bright and cheery colors, you feel happy just walking into the place. Located in the Chueca district of Madrid, one of the city’s trendiest areas, the Hostal Dolce Vita is situated in an old building that’s architecturally extremely cool. It’s also near the Metro and several bus lines.
Unlike most other cheap Madrid youth hostels, the Hostal Dolce Vita doesn’t offer bunk beds in dorm rooms. Instead, every room is private and comes with either a private or shared bathroom. Rooms are lovely too – all individually decorated in bright, trendy, happy colors and with some pretty unique accessories.
There’s free Wi-Fi throughout all the hostel’s public areas, free baggage storage, laundry service, and guest rooms all come with heating, a fan, a work area, hairdryer, TV with cable and some even have patios.
Hostel staff too are incredibly friendly and speak English, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Bulgarian – so someone should be able to help you in a crisis.
Room rates start at $37.51 for a single private room with a shared bath.
The Hostal Dolce Vita is at San Bartolome, 4, 01.Centro, 28004 Madrid, Spain.
Hostal El Tera – Hostal El Tera is a small youth hostel with just 15 private guest rooms. It’s situated in the Letras district of Madrid, close to the Metro and just a few minutes walk to Madrid’s main square, Puerta del Sol.
Every guest room at the hostel is basic but features either a private bathroom with tub or shower, or a shared bathroom. All bathrooms are extremely clean and some guest rooms even have a private sink, so you can brush your teeth or wash your face without having to use shared facilities. Some guest rooms also have a private balcony.
The hostel facilities include free baggage storage, and a meeting room. It’s also close to some of Madrid’s coolest restaurants, bars and live music revenues, as well as markets, museums and even flamenco venues.
The Hostal El Tera is at Magdalena, 29, 01.Centro, 28012 Madrid, Spain.
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