3 Best Hotels in Chueca, Madrid

Bastardo Hostel

$$ | Calle de San Mateo 3, Spain Fodor's Choice

Whether you're a solo traveler looking to make friends or a cash-strapped couple (or group of friends) trying to do Madrid on a budget, consider holing up at Bastardo, a designer hostel with communal and private rooms that doubles as a cool-kid hangout. Steps from all the action in Chueca and Malasaña, it has industrial-chic rooms with funky backlighting and exposed brick; upgraded digs add wrap-around balconies. 

Pros

  • Tours, activities, concerts, and more
  • Pulsing rooftop bar
  • Buzzy young vibe

Cons

  • Rooms near the rooftop are noisy at night
  • Not always squeaky clean
  • Windows don't open (and the AC is weak in some rooms)
Calle de San Mateo 3, Spain
68-251–9535
hotel Details
57 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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The Principal Madrid

$$$$ | Calle del Marqués de Valdeiglesias 1, 28004, Spain

Dozens of hotels flank Gran Vía, Madrid’s main artery, but the five-star Principal rises above the fray—and not just on account of its swanky rooftop cocktail bar. Accommodations feature soothing gray tones and minimal furnishings, design touches that make the compact rooms feel slightly more commodious than they actually are. 

Pros

  • Outdoor breakfasts and rooftop with 360-degree views
  • Ramón Freixa–helmed restaurant
  • Luxurious feel with personal touches

Cons

  • Rooms not fully soundproofed
  • Rooftop pool is tiny
  • Middling breakfast
Calle del Marqués de Valdeiglesias 1, 28004, Spain
91-521–8743
hotel Details
76 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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URSO Hotel & Spa

$$$$ | Calle de Mejía Lequerica 8, 28004, Spain

In a neoclassical building so stunning it was featured in Almodóvar's 2021 film Parallel Mothers, URSO boasts old-world comfort and avant-garde design to satisfy alternative types and jet-setters alike. It is within walking distance of the city’s top attractions yet removed enough to lend it an air of exclusivity. Upgraded rooms feel like a sanctuary, with high ceilings, minimal wall art, taupe blackout curtains, and impeccable soundproofing. Deluxe and superior rooms come with complimentary passes to the Prado.

Pros

  • Stunning facade
  • Natura Bissé spa with seven-meter hydromassage pool
  • Calming rooms

Cons

  • Overpriced
  • Entry-level rooms are dark and cramped
  • Smallish gym and chilly pool
Calle de Mejía Lequerica 8, 28004, Spain
91-444–4458
hotel Details
78 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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