Students, international students, interns, backpackers, roomates and digital nomads can book cheap dorms and safe private rooms in downtown Madrid, close to boarding schools, high schools, colleges, halls of residence and universities, close to buses or train stations, airports or major attractions in Madrid.
With the area so full of life there’s plenty to do. Gran Via is known for being the creative hub of the city and this can be seen through the numerous quirky vintage shops, market stalls and eateries nearby. The friendly and vibrant nature of the area compliments what Generator is all about making this city and Generator a match made in heaven.
Safestay Madrid is located at 22 Calle Sagasta, in one of the best districts in Madrid, within easy walking distance of areas such as Castellana, Sol, Gran Vía, Chueca and Fuencarral. It is extremely well connected to public transport, two metro stations just a few meters away from the hostel, which connects to 5 different lines. The Alonso Martínez metro stop connects to lines 5, 10 and 4, while the nearby Bilbao stop connects to lines 1 and 4. The district has the best atmosphere in the city.
Hip bars and galleries, independent theaters and music venues, young people with tattoos and funky hair, narrow winding streets — this is Malasaña. Near the center, Plaza Dos de Mayo is a gathering of friends outside bars, dog owners, artists under craft tents, and creative types with notebooks and sketchpads on the plaza’s benches. It may not be as neat and tidy as many other parts of the city, but this only adds to the Malasaña edge.
Bubbling with life at any time of day – and often long into the night – Malasaña is Madrid’s hippest neighbourhood. Surrounding Plaza del 2 de Mayo and near the Tribunal Metro stop, the trendy barrio is just minutes from Sol and a short walk to the most sought after museums and cultural hotspots.
Motion Chueca, located in the Pedro Zerolo, in the heart of the Chueca and two minutes from Gran Via, the ideal place to enjoy with family, friends and your partner a good typical Spanish food; enjoy with your closest of the multiple musicals available in the different theaters, and the different experiences that this characteristic street of Madrid will generate will not leave you indifferent!
Ready to hostel with style? Situated bang in the centre of the country, Spain’s capital city has world-famous museums and attractions, cool boutiques, moreish tapas and of course that inimitable, tireless Spanish nightlife – so prepare for refined days and crazy nights that go on until the sun comes up. None of that means Madrid isn’t backpacker-friendly. Whether you’re travelling solo or as a group, you’ll find masses of cheap youth hostels to suit your needs and budget. For city centre hostels and downtown hostels, look in the Palacio, Sol and Cortes districts, packed with sights and bars, including the Royal Palace grand Plaza Mayor. Or choose winding streets of Malasana and Justica, full of buzzing cafes and restaurants. Either way, when you step out of your dorm you’ll discover a mix of elegance and energy that is uniquely Madrid.
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Madrid Airport Barajas has four terminals, with most international flights arriving and departing from T1. You can use buses or the metro to head to the centre and find your hostel. Two bus services operate between the airport and Avenida de America in central Madrid – the number 200 stops at T1, T2 and T3, while the 204 service leaves from T4.
The airport is within Zone A of the metro. Line 8 leaves from the first floor of T2. Change lines at either Mar de Cristal (line 4) or Nuevos Ministerios (line 10), to Alonso Martinez station then switch to line 2 to Gran Via in the centre.
Backpackers arriving from or departing to east or southern Spain, you will likely use Atocha train station, more formally known as Puerta de Atocha. It’s well connected for the main bus station, airport and other train stations.
International services and trains to and from Bilbao, Salamanca, Avila, Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Valladolid and Burgos arrive and depart at Chamartin train station.
Madrid's main bus station is Méndez Alvaro, also known as Estación del Sur (South Station). Buses to and from north and northeast destinations such as Barcelona, Bilbao, San Sebastian, Santander, Vitoria, Burgos, leave/arrive Avenida de America. It’s close to Atocha station and the Pacifico metro stop (lines 1 and 6).
Book bus tickets in advance at: www.movelia.es. A 10-journey 'metrobus' ticket can be used on buses and metro within Zone A. Buy from metro and bus stations, as well as tobacconists and newspaper kiosks throughout the city.
Buy a tourist travel pass for discounted travel on all types of public transport within Madrid.
Language: Castilian Spanish
Voltage: 220 volts, 50 Hz - round two-pin plugs are used
Time zone: GMT+1
Dialing code: +34 for Spain, 91 for Madrid
Post office: Oficina de Correos, Calle de Martín de los Heros, 57, 28008 Madrid. Tel 915 47 41 33
Hospital Ramón y Cajal, Ctra. De Colmenar Viejo Km 9100, 28034. Tel 913 36 80 66.
Hospital a Paz, Pº de la Castellana 261, 28046. Tel 917 277 000, 917 27 73 39 (accident and emergency)
Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón, C. Doctor Esquerdo 46, 28007. Tel 915 86 85 56, 915 86 85 05 (accident and emergency)
Tourist Information: Plaza Mayor, Casa de la Panadería, Plaza Mayor, 27, 28012; Tel 915 88 16 36
Typical opening hours:
Most supermarkets and department stores open all day from 10am to 9pm, including Sundays. Some city centre stay open until 10pm, while smaller neighbourhood shops may close from 2pm-5pm, then reopen until 8.30pm.
Emergency numbers: Call 112 for emergency services, and 098 to reach a 24-hour chemist. The Central Police Station (Comisaría de policía Madrid-Centro) is on 915 48 79 85.