3 Best Hostels in Madrid – Bring your Hat and lots of Appetite for Tapas and Design

3 Best Hostels in Madrid - Bring your Hat and a lot of Appetite for Tapas and Design

The BEST Hostels in Madrid? Currently, there is no 5 Star Hostel in the Spanish capital. But, not to worry, we got you covered.

We handpicked the 3 best hostels in Madrid. These hostels come with a cool rooftop terrace, a true hostel experience, and finally a tranquil design-led spot.

Our favorite hostels in Madrid are:

  1. The Hat Madrid - best for Couples
  2. MOLA Hostel - best for Families
  3. Onefam Sungate by Hostel One - best for Solo Travellers

Money-saving tip: Compare hostel prices with Hostelz.com. They compare prices from Hostelworld, Booking.com and others with 1 click.

We condensed it all to the 3 coolest hostels in Madrid with a reasonable rate per night. Why only three? Well, you only need ONE hostel, and there is really no point in sharing now 30 accommodations with you. 

This guide is perfect for YOU, when you…

  • are tired of crappy hostels!
  • want a social Hostel to actually meet people
  • are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience

This list covers the best hostels in Madrid for solo travelers, couples, families, and groups. If you’re looking for hostels that center around the party scene, you can also check out our in-depth guide to the Best Party Hostels in Madrid!

Traveling more around Spain? Read our guide on the best hostels in Spain with an itinerary and map.

It’s time to reveal Madrid’s top hostels.

The 3 Best Hostels in Madrid are …

Let’s jump right into the coolest hostels in Madrid.

  1. The Hat Madrid – best for Couples
  2. MOLA Hostel – best for Families
  3. Onefam Sungate by Hostel One – best for Solo Travellers

These are our favorite hostels in Madrid. We want to make your life even easier, so we put all accommodations on a map for you. We even added our own tips for favorite restaurants, things to see, and more.

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler: Onefam Sungate by Hostel One
🙎‍♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler: The Hat Hostel
🥳 Party Hostel:Cats Party Hostel
👩‍❤️‍👨 Couple Hostel: The Hat Hostel
👨‍👩‍👦 Family Hostel: MOLA Hostel
👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads: The Hat Hostel
🧘 Cozy Hostel: Onefam Sungate by Hostel One

More lists with 3 top hostels in Europe:

You can find all 5 Star Hostels here with Hostelgeeks.

As for Madrid, we put all three accommodations on the map. You will find the map at the end of the article.

Important: We picked these three hostels as they stand out due to their design, facilities, and vibes.

Find the best hostel in Madrid for you and your travel buddies!

1. The Hat Madrid

One of the coolest hostels in Madrid, and our #1 recommendation with probably the coolest name: The Hat Madrid!

Their motto is ‘Home is where your hat is‘.

Here you enjoy a design-led hostel with hip vibes and literally on top of all this: Their roof-top terrace.

This is the best place to mingle, have a cocktail, and enjoy a concert once in a while. On a daily basis you can enjoy the sunsets from here.

Rent a bike at the reception or join the free activities like free walking tours. Their breakfast buffet is legendary.

Book The Hat Madrid here

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The Hat Madrid Room

The Rooms

You are looking for the best hostels in Madrid, so you should definitely go for one with Air Conditioning. At The Hat? Check!

There is also free WiFi, that’s quick as a bunny!

Basically, you have all types of rooms. The Hat Hostel offers both private rooms and double rooms. They also have both mixed and female-only dorms.

The rooms and dorms come with either shared or ensuite facilities. The luxury version even has small balconies.

Who stays at The Hat Hostel?

The hip traveler! The Hat Hostel is a premium hostel, a quality hostel with cool people all over. Yet, it’s not the typical party backpacker hostel.

It’s one of the best hostels in Madrid for:

  • solo-travelers
  • couples
  • Design-Lovers

For us, this is the best hostel in Madrid for solo-travelers!

Some of the travelers staying here and looking for a real party until 7 am in the morning head out to La Latina District.

The Hat Madrid Dorm


Wonderful top location – seriously, you cannot go wrong here!

The Hat Hostel is located directly at Plaza Mayor, the main square in Madrid. It is also just a short walk from Puerta del Sol, the absolute city center of Madrid. This is where you find as well the city’s iconic statue of the bear.

This means as well you have a wide range of bars, tapas restaurants and cafes nearby.

Right across the street, you have a small supermarket for getting snacks and drinks. Yet, in Madrid, you find many small supermarkets, open 24 hours.

Interested in party and Nightlife?

After meeting new friends at the rooftop, we recommend heading to La Latina District. The team at The Hat is an expert on the nightlife in Madrid. Ask them for bars and clubs before heading out on their own. 
Ask them for their best recommendation – but not for “guiris”, ask for the local stuff!

Book The Hat Madrid here

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To make this listing complete for you, take into account that there is no kitchen at The Hat Hostel to use. Yet, they offer a huge breakfast and there is an in-house restaurant.

The Hat Madrid Dining Place The Hat Madrid Common Space

2. MOLA Hostel

MOLA Hostel is a new player in town and got high ratings right away.

There is a good reason for that: it’s luxurious, cool, and comes with high-quality facilities.

We especially like the design of the rooms. The dorms come with cool and solid bunk beds and the chosen colors for the different rooms and floors add a nice warmth. Any questions on what to do in Madrid? Then don’t be shy and ask for help at the reception from sunrise to sunset – 24 hours.

There is also free WiFi in every single corner.

Mola Hostel is a new concept hostel you’ll certainly enjoy while exploring the Spanish lifestyle in the capital.

Fun Fact: Mola is Spanish and means “cool”.

The Rooms at MOLA: You can choose from private rooms and dorms.

Some of the rooms offer private facilities.

Just check the availability to see what is available for your travel dates. There is free and quick WiFi all over the hostel, the sleeping area as well as common room.

Book MOLA Hostel here

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MOLA Hostel Dorm

Who stays at Mola Hostel?

We recommend this Madrid Hostel especially for:

  • families
  • big and small groups
  • the quiet traveler

This accommodation is one of the many Madrid youth hostels we recommend.

What about the location?

Old town, central but near the metro station.

Simply put, this Youth Hostel Madrid has a great location! Only 5 min to the famous Plaza del Sol (Sol Square), which is the center of the city. There are beautiful places to visit nearby such as the Calderon Theater, the Plaza Mayor, San Miguel Market, and Puerta del Sol.

Book MOLA Hostel here

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Same here, there is no kitchen. Yet, we do not consider a kitchen important in this city. Tapas and Eat Out is cheap and super yummy in the right places.

MOLA Hostel Room MOLA Hostel Dining Room

3. Onefam Sungate by Hostel One

The last option on this list of the 3 best hostels in Madrid is a more backpacker-type place.

Onefam Sungate by Hostel One is a smaller, more intimate backpacker hostel in Madrid. It is super easy to connect, and you can feel the family, friendly, and social vibes here. It even made it to our guide of the Best Party Hostels in Madrid, thanks to its warm atmosphere.

This hostel is part of the Onefam brand – one of the leading hostel chains in Europe.

If you prefer a small hostel in Madrid, then go with Onefam Sungate by Hostel One. The team behind is what makes the difference here. It is the kind of backpacker-type hostel that makes hostels so comfy and homey.

The team always creates a family atmosphere, including everyone.

This one is usually the cheapest option among our best hostels in Madrid.

They offer free breakfast.

Expect services like lockers, luggage storage, and laundry as an extra.

Book Onefam Sungate by Hostel One here

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Sungate ONE Room


Each room comes with air conditioning (for summer) and heating (for winter). For shared accommodation, you can choose from Female-only dorms and mixed dorms. The dorms here have NO bunk beds. Every bed is a single bed.

As for private rooms, you have the choice between a double room, a twin room, and a triple room. Bed linen is included in the price. But towels are available as an extra.

We always recommend bringing your own travel towel. Check our hostel packing list for the best travel towels we recommend.

Read: Our overview of different hostel room types.

Location: Same as the other two places, the very city center!

You are just a 3-minute walk away from Puerta del Sol and Gran Via Avenue for shopping. With all these three budget accommodations in Madrid, you do not have to worry about the location. They are all three great and central!

Onefam Sungate by Hostel One is the coolest hostel for:

  • Backpacker
  • Solo-travelers
  • Young Travellers
  • Small Hostel Lovers
Book Onefam Sungate by Hostel One here

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The only downside here would be the design. The two other hostels, MOLA Hostel and The Hat Hostels, are more design-led. That is not to say it is not cool. It’s really cool here, no creaking bunk beds and excellent vibes to connect.

This is the best backpacker hostel in Madrid!

Sungate ONE Common Space Sungate ONE Room

Comparing all 3 Top Hostels in Madrid

Okay, okay. Here you have it. Pretty awesome hostels to choose from, right?!

Here is an overview of our handpicked top hostels in Madrid.

It will help you to make a decision.

  The Hat Madrid Mola Hostel Onefam Sungate
Recommended for…
  • Female Solo Travellers
  • Social Couples
  • Families
  • Couples
  • Young Solo Travellers
  • Backpacker
Kitchen No No Yes
WiFi Free (Super Fast) Free (Good) Free (Good)
Breakfast Big Buffet Breakfast (extra) Big Buffet Breakfast (extra) Included (simple)
Location Top Top Top
Special Roof Top Terrace, Hip Vibes Quality facilities
Smaller, more intimate
Activities Yes Yes Yes
Lockers – and safe? Yes Yes Yes
Facilities for disabled guests Yes No No
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This information can vary by season and availability. Please take this into account.

How to book?

For Madrid, we recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.

Booking.com is the biggest and safest platform for hotels in Madrid Spain and hostel reservations. Their cancellation policy is one of the best, normally 100% refundable until 24 hours before the stay.

Hostelworld is also super safe and the biggest booking platform for hostels.

On both platforms, your credit card is 100% protected and the booking is 100% confirmed.

Read: our guide on how to properly book with Hostelworld (and how not to book!)

We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostels. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! You don’t want to miss Hostelworld’s best hostels in Madrid.

All of Madrid’s best hostels are popular. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fixed.

What about the cheapest hostels in Madrid?

Of course, there are always cheap hostels. But how do you actually find them? When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Madrid.

  1. Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Madrid
  2. add your dates
  3. Order the listings by price

Simple as that.

Hostelz.com is a price comparison site for hostels. They list every single one in the world and tells you exactly which website is cheaper to use.

Another smart Tip: Check what is actually included, and what is excluded. Take a closer look at the location, too. A further location might mean more costs in transport.

How about a cool Party Hostel in Madrid?

So we have covered the tranquil hostel,  the cheapest one on a shoestring budget and the epic places to stay in Madrid.

What about Party and Fiesta?

The best party hostel in Madrid for the young traveler is Cats Hostel Madrid Sol.

They organize fun events, and crazy parties and are the perfect place if you are a party-animal traveler!

Looking for the best party hostels in Madrid? You nailed it, dear reader!

Get ready to book in the best party hostel in Madrid!

Book Cats Hostel Madrid Sol here

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Cats Hostel Madrid Sol Party
Cats Hostel Madrid Sol Dorm

More Madrid hostels worth a mention

We hope that by now you already have a hostel in Madrid Spain in mind and a pretty good idea of where to stay in Madrid.

The Hat Hostel Madrid, Mola Hostel Madrid, and Onefam Sungate by Hostel One are our personal favorites and they really stand out in our Madrid hostels review but there are a lot of other hostels that you can consider.

We think that the three are the best Madrid Spain hostels.

We listed more Hostels in Madrid Spain that you want to look at.

Hostels are indeed the best option compared to Madrid hotels because they are more affordable.

If you are not into hostels in Madrid, have a look at the best hotels in Madrid but we promise you hostel is worth a try!

2060 The Newton Hostel, Madrid

2060 The Newton Hostel is surprisingly a nice hostel. They offer different types of activities. They have a free tour through Madrid of the Austrians.

If parties and drinking games are your type, they offer a sangria open bar for two hours, which is really cool.

If you like riding bicycles and will only be in the city for a short time, take advantage of their rental service.

Rent a bike and ride with us to the city’s most scenic spots.

The sauna and Jacuzzi provide a refreshing haven in the middle of bustling Madrid.

Book 2060 The Newton Hostel here

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2060 The Newton Hostel Dorm

Room007 Chueca Hostel

Room007 Chueca Hostel is a great place to stay and there are two metro stations that are near the hostel. Chueca and Tribunal metro stations are within a 5-minute walk of the hostel.

Breakfast is simple but good value. There are also a lot of restaurants around that you can try.

The neighboring streets definitely offer restaurants, stylish bars, and shops. Fresh towels and sheets are provided and they clean the rooms every day.

Room007 Chueca Hostel has rooms for solo travellers, backpackers, and couples. They have bunk beds for dormitories and single or double beds for private rooms.

Book Room007 Chueca Hostel here

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Room007 Chueca Hostel Room
Room007 Chueca Hostel Dorm

Cats Hostel Madrid Sol (formerly known as Living Cat’s Hostel)

Experience a relaxed atmosphere, clean spaces, and comfortable rooms in Cats Hostel Madrid Sol.

It is centrally located, near La Latina, Puerta del Sol, and the Prado Museum.

The hostel was visually pleasing and the safety measures made me feel secure.

The hostel serves a daily breakfast in the café, and there are vending machines for sandwiches and pastries. A fridge and a microwave are available for all guests.

If you like to go clubbing, Cats Hostel Madrid Sol is definitely the spot. This hostel is perfect for people who love party because it offers a fun party vibe. They are known for their Paella Party on weekends, plus a bar downstairs.

Book Living Cat’s Hostel here

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Cats Hostel Madrid Sol_Dorm

TOC Hostel Madrid

TOC Hostel Madrid has a good location, just 121 m from Puerta del Sol Square. This stylish, modern hostel offers smart, air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi.

At TOC Hostel you can book private rooms or a bed in a shared dormitory. The rooms and dorms feature attractive décor with parquet floors and light wood furniture.

They have clean rooms, bathrooms/toilets, comfy beds, good-sized lockers, huge rooms and hospitable staff. There is even an elevator so you do not have to worry if you are assigned to a higher floor level.

It is within walking distance of bars, restaurants, shopping areas, public transport, and sites.

Book TOC Hostel Madrid here

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TOC Hostel Madrid Dorm
TOC Hostel Madrid Play Room

Safestay Madrid Central (formerly known as U Hostel Madrid)

Safestay Madrid Central is located just 5 5-minute walk from Fuencarral Market and the lively Chueca district.

The hostel has a cinema room, a karaoke bar, a pub, and free walking tours.

They have clean rooms and comfortable beds. Guests will also appreciate the hostel because they have plenty of showers and bathrooms.

If you are looking for safety lockers, that would be perfect because they have big lockers in the rooms for luggage storage.

They also serve breakfast. In fact, there are different breakfast options available every day. Snacks and drinks are available from the vending machines.

Good to know: U Hostel Madrid is now Safetstay Hostel. It is the same building and address.

Book Safestay Madrid Central here

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Safestay Madrid Central Common Space
Safestay Madrid Central Dorm

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How to book?

The most popular booking platforms are Booking.com and Hostelworld.com. On both platforms, your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

We included some handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

Read: Step-by-Step guide on how to book with Hostelworld

We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Madrid best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

The coolest Hostel App you need comes as well from Hostelworld. It gives you super cool features like you can contact your hostel mates beforehand, ask questions, and make plans together. Find more details in our review of the app.

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Our Favorite Hostels in Madrid put on a map + sights

A map of Madrid is always handy. This helps you to get a better understanding of the location.

We created a hostel map for Madrid with all the 3 best hostels (marked red on the map) and the sights (green on the map). As you can see, the sights are dotted around the center. Staying around the center just makes sense, and actually saves you money on metro tickets.

The sights to visit are:

Read: Our 5 best travel tips for Madrid

We’ve marked them as follows:

  • Best Hostels: Pink
  • Other RecommendationsOrange
  • Sights in Madrid: Green

(You can open the sidebar in the map to activate and deactivate groups. Open the map in a new tab here.)

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Alright, you should have found your accommodation already. Below we list all the frequently asked questions. Have a look.

Flights to Madrid?

Madrid is a huge European hub to fly in or out of Europe, especially for Latin American countries. You can score some really great flight deals. It is also well connected with the rest of Europe. However, we usually find cheaper flights to Barcelona.

So you might want to consider flying first to Barcelona and then take a bus or train to Madrid.

We use Skyscanner and Omio.com to find cheap flights and good connections all over the globe.

Skyscanner has a bunch of cool features like Multi-City Trip. Instead of doing this research step-by-step, Skyscanner offers this flight planning tool.

Our Step-by-Step Guide to Skyscanner

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By now you have found your place to stay in Madrid. 

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Over to you

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Your question will help us to improve this Madrid guide.

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This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter, and find the best place on a budget! We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We are constantly updating all our guides to keep them as fresh and accurate as possible.

Safe travels,
The Hostelgeeks

Safe travels,
The Hostelgeeks

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