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Essential Guide To Finding A Hostel In Madrid

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This page will help you to look for a hostel in Madrid. You can find out here about the difference between a youth hostel and a hostal. Generally, if you stay in a youth hostel, you are a backpacker, traveller, student or perhaps you have a tight budget. Youth hostels differ to hostals. Youth hostels have dormitories where there are several beds in one room. There's a list below to help you look for a hostel.


You have a bed with sheets, either in a shared dormitory or a family room. For the bathroom, loo roll will be provided. In some places meals are available at an extra cost, or you will have use of a fridge and small food prep area. Many people find it a good idea to take a sleeping bag along. Or sometimes people just carry extra sheets.

Dormitories For Men And Women

Most of the time, dormitories are single sex. If you're worried, then ask before you book. Some hostels have rooms aside from the dorms and they will rent them out to groups of travellers or families.

Standards For A Youth Hostels

The governing body for youth hostels is the International Youth Hostel Federation (IYHF). For your peace of mind, it is good to know that IYHF registered hostels have consented to keep good standards of cleanliness, and clean linen etc. Of course, there are independent hostels that are not part of the IYHF. They may have more flexible rules over curfews, and should still be of a good standard.

In Spain, the IYHF is represented by the Youth hostels Network - REAJ,

Marqués de Riscal, 16
28010 Madrid, España.
metroMetro: Gran Via (Green Line, L5)

Tel: +34 91 308 4675

To start your search for a hostel you can go to the official tourist information page and search in the accommodation section under 'shelter'. The results will then be called 'Albergue Juvenil' meaning youth hostel.

Or contact REAJ, the official Spanish Youth Hostel association (details previously given).

Car Parking Near To REAJ:

Car Park Name Address Approximate Walking Distance to Car Park in Meters
EMT Almagro Calle Almagro, 11 260 m
Parking Martínez Campos Paseo del General Martínez Campos 42 520 m
EMT Villa de París Plaza Villa de París, S/N 630 m
IH Centro Colón Paseo de Recoletos, 39 690 m
Los Galgos - Serrano Calle de Claudio Coello, 139 690 m

Hostels In The Community Of Madrid

The youth hostels below are just outside the city centre. These types of youth hostels in Madrid will appeal to you if you want to relax at night, rather than being in the thick of the nightlife and buzz of the city.

Alberge El Escorial
Residencia, 14
28200 Madrid, España.

How to get there

Suburban train: From Atocha to Escorial
Tel: +34 91 890 5924

Richard Schirrmann - Casa de Campo
Casa de Campo
28011 Madrid, España.

Tel: +34 91 463 5699

How to get there

Road: A-5 Badajoz - Exit at Parque Atracciones
Bus: 33 (From 07:30 - 21:00)
metroMetro: Lago (Dark Blue Line, L10)

San Fermin
Avenida de los Fueros, 36
28041 Madrid, España.

Tel: +34 91 792 0897
Information and Bookings: +34 91 792 0897

E-mail: [email protected]

How to get there

Road: M-30 exit 12. From M-40 exit 23
Bus: 23, 85, 86, 59, 123, N-12
metroMetro: Legazpi (Yellow Line, L3) or (Grey Line, L6, Circular) and then bus 123

Santa Maria del Buen Aire
Finca La Herrería
San Lorenzo de el Escorial
28200 Madrid, España.


How to get there

Road: Carretera de La Coruña (N VI) until Villalba from here take exit 47 to El Escorial (M 600)
Bus: Buses - Línea Herranz (Moncloa)
Train: Cercanias suburban train.

Villa Castora
Carretera de Las Dehesas, 29
28470 Madrid, España.

Tel: +34 91 852 0334

E-mail: [email protected]

How to get there

Road: Carretera de La Coruña (N VI) until Guadarrama and from here the road to Cercedilla - Carretera de Colmenar Viejo (C 607) until Navacerrada and then the carretera de Cercedilla
Bus: Buses - línea Larrea (Moncloa).
Train: - Suburban Cercanias trains.

This page has explained exactly what a hostel in Madrid is. A hostel is one of the cheapest forms of accommodation, and as long as you don't mind sharing a dormitory, it can be cost effective. If you want to see more hostels that are closer to the city centre, then see our page on youth hostels in Madrid centre

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