Planning a trip to Madrid?
A weekend or even a week in the Spanish capital doesn’t have to cost a fortune. The city has dozens of comfortable but affordable hotels, and choosing one of these can cut the costs of your visit significantly.
With the arrival of the 21st century, Madrid embarked on an ambitious hotel-building campaign that has helped to stimulate competition and provide some stunning bargains in the process.
Of Madrid’s many reasonably priced hotels, here are profiles of three that offer not only attractive rates but also most of the amenities that today’s travelers have come to expect. Best of all, they are all conveniently located near the city’s center yet close enough to Metro stations and bus stops that every corner of the city and nearby suburbs are within easy reach.
Gran Via, the Spanish capital’s upscale shopping street, also offers stunning examples of early-20th century architecture.
Cheap Hotels in Madrid
Sercotel Suites Viena
Just a short walk from the high-end shops of Madrid’s Gran Via, Sercotel Suites Viena lies within the city’s Arguelles business district. Also nearby are the Plaza de Espana, Royal Palace, and Parque Oeste. The hotel’s 57 units are mini-suites, each of which features a kitchenette with microwave oven, refrigerator, and dining table.
Each air-conditioned unit has flat-screen satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, a desk/work area, minibar, and in-room safe. Fifty of the units measure roughly 260 square feet in area, while five junior suites are slightly larger at 290 square feet each. For larger groups, the hotel also offers a 322-square-foot family suite on the sixth floor and a 430-square-foot executive family suite on the first floor. All units have en-suite bathrooms with complimentary toiletries.
Among other amenities available to hotel guests are a business center with a computer for guest use, discount access to a nearby health center, a breakfast buffet, a meeting room, and concierge services. Parking is available for an additional charge. The hotel’s activities desk can arrange for guests to rent bicycles for self-guided sightseeing tours of the city.
Hotel Francisco I
The 65-unit Hotel Francisco I is within easy walking distance of central Madrid’s Plaza Mayor, a spectacular arcaded square that was built during the reign of King Philip III (1598-1621). The hotel’s convenient location puts it close to a number of the city’s other prime attractions, including the Puerta del Sol and Restaurante Botin, the world’s oldest restaurant. Among the Botin’s frequent diners in the past were such 20th-century literary giants as Ernest Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald, John Dos Passos, Frederick Forsyth, and Graham Greene.
Each of the hotel’s guest rooms features satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, in-room safe, and en-suite bathroom with bathtub. Other amenities at Francisco I include room service, a game room, a TV lounge, and a restaurant/bar. The restaurant’s wood-beam ceilings and wood floors reflect the rich history of this section of Madrid.
Hotel One Shot Prado 23
The 42-room Hotel One Shot Prado 23 lies just over a quarter-mile from Museo Nacional del Prado, one of the world’s great art museums and home to one of the world’s most extensive collections of European art. Not surprisingly, it also houses some of the best-known masterpieces of notable Spanish artists, including Francisco de Goya, El Greco, and Diego Velazquez.
Other nearby attractions include Puerta del Sol, Reina Sofia Museum, Retiro Park, and Thyssen Museum. If you’re traveling to other parts of the city or the airport, the closest Metro stations are Anton Martin and Sevilla.
Beautifully finished hardwood floors grace each of the hotel’s guest rooms, all of which feature satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, iPod docking stations, minibars, and in-room safes. En-suite bathrooms have showers with large rain showerheads, as well as complimentary toiletries.
Guests at the One Shot enjoy a complimentary breakfast each day. Other features and services include a concierge desk, bike rentals, dry cleaning/laundry services, airport shuttle service, and private parking for an additional fee.
Get a 10% Discount
If your urge to visit Madrid has been piqued by reading about these affordable hotels or if you’re just in the mood to travel to other destinations, you can get an added discount of 10 percent on hotel reservations booked through HotelsCheap.org on or before Nov. 30, 2014.
This limited-time offer is available to readers of our blog. To access the website’s loyalty coupon gateway, just click on the link above. To get an added 10 percent off the already-low hotel rates available there, just type CHEAPINMADRID10 into the discount coupon code field.
Don Amerman is a travel expert based in Florida and Pennsylvania. He has traveled widely across the United States and overseas as well.