We handpicked the 3 best hostels in Madrid. These hostels come with a cool roof top terrace, a true hostel experience and finally the tranquil design-led spot.
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
- tired of bad and crappy hostel
- want to avoid the “young party kids
- happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
We condensed it all to the 3 coolest hostels in Madrid. Why only three? Well, you only need ONE hostel, and there is really no point in sharing now 30 accommodations with you.
This list covers the best hostels in Madrid for solo-travelers, couples, families and groups.
It’s time to reveal Madrids top hostels.
We cover in this article:
- 3 top hostels
- Table chart comparing the 3 top hostels
- How to book?
- What about the cheapest hostels in Madrid?
- All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights
- Sex in Madrid Hostel
- Flights to Madrid
The 3 Best Hostels in Madrid
Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels here in Madrid.
- The Hat Hostel – for couples and solo-travellers
- MOLA Hostel – for groups and families
- Sungate One – for backpackers and solo-travellers
More lists with 3 top hostels in Europe:
- 3 best hostels in Paris
- 3 best hostels in Rome
- 3 best hostels in Barcelona – compared
- best hostels in Valencia – compared
You can find all 5 Star Hostels here with Hostelgeeks.
As for Madrid, we put all three accommodation 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.
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 hip vibes and literally on top of all this: Their roof-top terrace.
This is the best place to mingle, have a cocktail, 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.
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 like 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 have 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:
For us, this is the best hostel in Madrid for solo-travelers!
Some of the travelers staying here and looking for the real party until 7am in the morning head out to La Latina District.
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 in Madrid. This is where you find as well the cities 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 roof-top, we recommend heading to La Latina District. The team at The Hat is an expert of 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!
To make this listing complete for you, take into account: there is no kitchen at The Hat Hostel to use. Yet, they offer a huge breakfast and there is an in-house restaurant.
On top, other than Paris, Madrid is quite affordable and the Tapas are delicious.
2. MOLA Hostel
Mola Hostel is a new player in town and got high ratings right away.
There is 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 chose 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 area.
Who stays at Mola Hostel?
We recommend this Madrid Hostel especially for:
- 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.
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.
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.
3. Sungate One – Backpackers Hostel Madrid
The last option of this list of the 3 best hostels in Madrid is a more backpacker typed place.
Sungate One is a smaller, more intimate backpacker hostel in Madrid. It is super easy to connect, and you can feel the family, friendly, social vibes here.
If you prefer a small hostel in Madrid, then go with Sungate One. The team behind is what makes the difference here. It is the kind of backpacker-type hostel that made hostels so comfy and homey.
The team always create a family atmosphere, including everyone.
This one is usually the cheapest option among our best hostels in Madrid is the Sungate One.
Expect services like lockers, luggage storage and laundry as an extra.
Each room comes with Air-conditioned (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, twin room and a triple room.
Bed linen are included in the price. But towels are available as an extra.
We always recommend to bring 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 minutes 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!
Sungate One is the coolest hostel for:
- Young Travellers
- Small Hostel Lovers
The only downside here would be the design. The two others 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!
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 take a decision.
|The Hat Madrid||Mola Hostel||Sungate One|
|WiFi||Free (Super Fast)||Free (Good)||Free (Good)|
|Breakfast||Big Buffet Breakfast (extra)||Big Buffet Breakfast (extra)||Included (simple)|
|Special||Roof Top Terrace, Hip Vibes||Quality facilities|
Smaller, more intimate
|Lockers – and safe?||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Facilities for disabled guests||Yes||No||No|
|How to book?||Hostelworld||Hostelworld||Hostelworld|
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 hotel and hostels reservations. Their cancellation policy is one of the best, normally 100% refundable until 24h 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 100% confirmed.
We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.
Here is the overview:
- The Hat Madrid: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Mola Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Sungate One: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Cats Party Hostel Madrid: Hostelworld
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!
All of Madrids 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 fix.
What about the cheapest hostels in Madrid?
Of course, there are always cheap hostels. And there are some cheaper options than the ones we mentioned.
Yet, keep reading.
We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostels in Madrid.
The difference is usually only 1-2€ ($1-2), and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen. Although, keep in mind a bad location far away from the city center costs you more in transport and time.
Good to know: Many of the very cheap places in Madrid are illegal, without proper license to run.
However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places to stay in Madrid.
Here is how to find the cheapest places to stay in Madrid
- Open Hostelworld with full list of accommodations in Madrid
- Order the listing by price
It is that simple.
Remember to compare the reviews, and read them carefully. Filter by the “extreme” reviews, meaning the best and worst ratings. These ratings usually give you a pretty good idea what is wrong here and what’s super cool!
My recommendation: The Way Hostel usually has cheap offers! It is a fun, backpacker hostel with top ratings!
Read: how to book hostels with Hostelworld? A guide
How about a cool Party Hostel in Madrid?
So we have covered the tranquil hostel, the cheapest one on a shoe-string 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 Party Hostel.
They organize fun events, crazy parties and are the perfect place if you are the party-animal traveler!
Accommodation discounts for Madrid
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Madrid. I know, it’s a pity. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.
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All 3 Hostels 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 blue in the map) and the sights (green in the map).
As you can see, the sights are dotted around the centre. Staying here just makes sense.
The sights to visit are:
- Puerta del Sol
- El Oso y el Madroño (Statue of the bear and the strawberry tree)
- Plaza Mayor
- Prado Museum
- Botanical Gardens
- Reina Sofia Museum
- Royal Palace of Madrid
- El Retiro Park
- Stadium of Real Madrid F.C., the Santiago Bernabeu (for the football fan)
Read: Our 5 best travel tips for Madrid
(You can open the sidebar in the map to activate and deactivate groups. Open the map in a new tab here.)
Sex in Madrid Hostel
Sex is part of the hostel life.
Especially when staying at Party hostels. There is no need to pretend it is not. That is not to say, hostels are only about sex – NOT AT ALL!
We wrote a big guide with 5 dos and donts of having sex in Hostels.
Especially rule #5 is important to remember. Otherwise you may end up being a porn-star. Because: hostels have cameras!
Read: How to have sex in hostels in Madrid here.
Here is another hostel sex story from Barcelona. Two friends stayed in a dorm with another guy. He warned them that he’s going to have sex tonight in the dorm. They did not listen.
Read: The Hostel Sex Story from Barcelona.
Flights to Madrid
Madrid is a huge European hub to fly in or out of Europe, especially for Latina American countries.
You can score some really great flight deals. It 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 enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Europe including Madrid.
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Europe and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
More epic hostels in Spain and Europe
By now you have found your place to stay in Madrid. We even have more for you.
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We are hunting down the best hostels in the world for you, and put them under one roof. So you can find your accommodation with 1 click and spend your time exploring the world instead of researching hostels.
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- 3 best hostels in Barcelona
- Urban Jungle Hostel in Malaga – and the guide comparing the best hostels in Malaga
- best hostels in Valencia – all compared
- best hostels in Seville
Here’s our guide to the best hostels in Spain, including itinerary and hidden gems.
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries