Madrid Hotels and Accommodation
There is an excellent selection of hotels to be found in Madrid, which really do cover the entire price spectrum and include plenty of discounts for doubles. Although finding accommodation in Madrid is not really difficult, the demand for lodging does increase during the many holiday periods, especially in the summer season, when advance reservations as far ahead as possible are advisable, as is telephoning to confirm the booking.
Accommodation rates in Madrid do tend to follow the seasonal trends and some hotels have three different price tariffs, which fall into the categories of high season (temporada alta), mid-season (temporada media) and also the low season (temporada baja). However, hoteliers are always free to reduce rates according to demand, and occasionally do if capacity levels are low.
Tourists who like to stay in the heart of the action will find that the Los Austrias and Centro areas of Madrid area particularly appealing, since most attractions are within easy walking distance, together with a selection of enticing nightlife opportunities. This part of the city is known for its plentiful supply of budget hotels (hostales), which are based around the Calle de Campomanes, the Calle de la Montera and the Plaza de Santa Cruz.
Located on the narrow streets within the lively Sol, Huertas and Atocha areas of Madrid are many further budget and mid-range accommodation options, although are not really suitable if you crave peace and quiet. Also worth considering are the hotels based around the Paseo del Prado and El Retiro areas, which are conveniently close to the Parque del Retiro. Luxury lodging in this part of Madrid comes in the form of the Hotel Ritz on the Plaza de la Lealtad, which is famous throughout Spain for its opulence and royal patronage.
If plentiful shops and a vibrant nightlife appeals, then the Malsana and Chuece 'barrio' is the place to stay, with affordable accommodation being found along the Calle de Fuencarral, the Calle de Hortaleza and around the Plaza de Vazquez de Mella. On the outskirts of the city, hotels are well-placed for accessing the University of Madrid, the Chamartin railway station and the Barajas Airport.