Tucked away on a street with dozens of bland competitors a couple of blocks from Sol, this budget hotel stands out for its price and quality. The rooms, though small, are colorful with inexpensive furnishings. The best of the lot have been wallpapered with some old María Callas pictures and musical scores from Tosca. In case it's fully booked, note that the owners have another small (10 rooms, 1 quadruple) and equally welcoming hostel (Adriá Santa Ana), with no elevator, on nearby Calle Núñez de Arce 15.
Luminous, pastel-walled rooms are so homey that you might as well be in an Airbnb. Safes, refrigerators, and en-suite bathrooms in every room set this hostel an echelon above the rest.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Though you'll want to keep the windows open during the day (rooms can get a bit stuffy), close them at bedtime to ensure uninterrupted shuteye.
Small but serviceable, the colorfully tiled bathrooms at Hostal Adriano include towels and shampoo.
One of the hotel's most salient shortcomings is that it doesn't have a lobby or communal space.
With no dining area, you'll need to venture outside the hotel for all your meals.
You’re in the heart of Old Madrid at Hostal Adriano, which means many of the city’s sights—such as the Plaza Mayor, Rastro flea market, and Puerta del Sol—are at your fingertips. The Golden Triangle of museums is a scenic 20-minute walk. For adventures further afield, catch the metro at Sol (Lines 1, 2, and 3).
Hostal Adriano is dangerously close to Madrid’s most fabled churro spot, San Ginés (7-minute walk), a 24-hour café where towering platters of crisp-fried doughnuts are served piping hot by white-clad waiters. Churros con chocolate are the perfect way to end a tapas crawl on and around Cava Baja (6-minute walk), the city’s most archetypal—if slightly touristy—tapas street with stalwart old-school restaurants like Casa Lucio; Casa Lucas; and Botín, the oldest restaurant in the world founded in 1725.
An 8-minute walk from the hotel, La Coquette, Madrid’s premier blues bar, offers a terrific—and free—nightly show from Tuesdays to Thursdays in an arcaded brick cellar. Although the venue’s size might be likened to a sardine can, the upside is that every seat is front-row— it’s always a thrill to watch the talented musicians jam out right in front of you. When the show winds down, keep the night going at El Amante, a nearby discoteca frequented by Spanish celebrities.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Hostels get a bad name in Madrid, since many play host to rowdy study-abroad students and backpackers, but Hostal Adriano is different: It's clean, quiet, and cozy and includes amenities that many entry-level hotels don't offer. Situated within minutes from Puerta del Sol and the Plaza Mayor, Hostal Adriano allows you to be close to all of Madrid's best sites on a shoestring budget.