“Spacious, light-filled apartments for 2-8 in central Madrid - perfect for couples, families and friends who want to experience the city like locals”
Inside, all offer plenty of space, well-equipped kitchens and, thanks to full refurbishments, bright and stylish décor that looks bang up to date. You get comfy beds (mostly doubles, though some have twins that are ideal for kids), sleek bathrooms with toiletries and fluffy towels, and living areas with sofas, flat-screen TVs and DVD players. Whether you want to stay in or head out, they’re perfect bases for soaking up all that Madrid has to offer.
- Excellent locations near top attractions and metro stations, with plenty to do by day and night - and you get a useful city map at check-in to help you make the most of it
- Full kitchens where you can cook proper meals (a rarity in city rentals), plus supermarkets and restaurants nearby
- We loved the cheerful interior design: contemporary lighting, sleek walls and floors, eye-catching fabrics
- The apartments operators are on hand to book airport transfers, arrange shopping and private chefs, and advise on what to see and do
- The Santa Ana apartments can be rented together - perfect for a larger family or group of friends (maximum 8 people), and those in Salamanca each sleep 6-8
- Full prepayment is required by the apartment operators, along with a cleaning fee, booking fee and a refundable security deposit. There’s a surcharge for American Express payments, too
- We only got to see the Santa Ana apartments in person, so we cannot give first-hand insights for the other properties
- With a central setting comes noise, and the streets by the Santa Ana apartments are particularly lively - we've heard feedback of all night summer parties
- Santa Ana II has an internal bedroom that lacks natural light, with a pipe that makes a loud gushing sound whenever anyone in the building uses a toilet or sink
- No basics such as salt and pepper are provided, though you do get a welcome pack with tea, coffee, biscuits and a few other bits
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Our top tips
- Boutique Apartments
- 10 apts for 2-8 (plus extra options)
- Self-catering (restaurants nearby)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Daily Maid Service
- Towels & Bedlinen
- Concierge Service
In the building on Plaza Santa Ana (Huertas neighbourhood), we stayed in 2-bedroom Santa Ana II - a bright apartment with colourful art and plenty of natural light through French windows. There’s a sofa a shelf with a few books (mostly in Spanish) and 2 balconies overlooking a side street. We slept well in the sunny yellow main double bedroom (with another balcony). The other bedroom has a small window onto an interior patio and experiences some plumbing noise, but we loved the bird-print wallpaper and the ensuite shower room.
We also had a look around Santa Ana I (on the same floor but facing the square). Its highlight is the lovely open-plan living area, which has a bold zigzag rug and 4 sets of French windows. Both bedrooms are light and airy - one a double with a fun blue and yellow scheme, the other a twin with turquoise Moroccan wallpaper and a balcony. It is worth mentioning that we've had reports since our stay of a lot of street noise in the Santa Ana apartments, particularly in the summer months.
Over on a predominantly residential street near Gran Vía, Valverde I is the quietest of the 2-bedroom apartments. On entering you’re greeted by a striking sculptural chandelier in the large kitchen; there's also a spacious living area complete with a piano. Through the kitchen is the master bedroom, which has a spoiling bathroom with a tub and separate shower. Up a flight of stairs in the loft is the compact second bedroom, with twin beds (arranged end-to-end, so best for kids or friends) and access to a small shower room. If you want this location but a smaller space, we suggest one of Gran Vía's four 1-bedroom apartments (although we’re yet to personally view them).
Since our visit, we have also added 2 luxe apartments in the Salamanca area to our list of recommended options. Great for larger groups and families, Nunez de Balboa VII sleeps 6 while Claudio Coello VII sleeps 6-8.
Spain Select offers additional 1- and 2-bedroom apartments across the city. We didn’t get to see any in person, but they will provide full details of what's available when you enquire.
- Air conditioning
- CD player
- Central heating
- Coffee / tea making
- Coffee maker
- Cots Available
- DVD player
- Full kitchen
- Hob or stove
- Satellite TV
- Tumble dryer
- Washing machine
If you’re staying in, the kitchens have all the appliances and utensils you need to whip up a meal: fridge, freezer, 4-ring ceramic hob, dishwasher, microwave, kettle, cafetière. A welcome pack of bottled water, UHT milk, biscuits, jam, tea, instant coffee and sugar is provided, as well as dishwasher tabs, a dish sponge and bin bags. You’ll need to buy everything else - there are plenty of shops, including a Spar around the corner from the Santa Ana apartments and a supermarket just up the road from Valverde I, or you can use the apartment operator's shopping service for a charge. Visiting chefs can also be arranged.
If you’re going out, all the apartments are surrounded by restaurants, bars and cafés. Plaza Santa Ana is packed with choices, including Cinco Jotas (good Spanish fare), Cervecería Alemana (a favourite haunt of Hemingway) and Miss Sushi (for a Japanese fix). You can also head around the corner to 100 Montaditos on Calle Príncipe (lots of choice and great for kids) or take a short walk to one of our favourite tapas bars, Lamiak at 10 De La Rosa. Guests in Valverde I should head to the trendy districts of Malasaña and Chueca, both full of options.
Wherever you’re based, we recommend making a beeline for Cuevas Sesamo on Calle Príncipe. Enter the narrow doorway under the red sign and head down the stairs to the underground bar, whose walls are covered in literary quotes in various languages. It serves only one thing - its famous sangria (be warned: it’s potent!). Alternatively, try a selection of sherries at the charmingly old-world La Venencia, which served as a Republican hangout during the Spanish Civil War and has barely changed since. Although it’s tempting, don’t take photos or you’ll be told off!
- Chef on request
- Coffee / tea making
- Coffee maker
- Full kitchen
- Hob or stove
- Restaurants nearby
- Shopping service
- Welcome hamper
- Shop on and around Gran Vía - you'll find everything from small boutiques to the all-encompassing department store and food halls of El Corte Ingles. Calle Serrano is home to the big designer names if you fancy a spending spree
- Head to the Plaza Mayor for a coffee at one of its many pavement cafés. Madrid's most famous square, it's enclosed by 17th- and 18th-century residences and packed with living statues and buskers. On Sundays there’s a stamp and coin market
- Madrid’s renowned trio of museums - the Prado, the Thyssen and the Reina Sofia - offer an inexhaustible supply of art from all ages and styles. Velázquez’s ‘Las Meninas’ and Picasso's 'Guernica' are among the famous works on display
- Also well worth visiting is the Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, a working convent which houses an award-winning museum encompassing frescoes, paintings, tapestries, sculptures, woodcarvings and liturgical silverware
- Head to the Retiro Park, a huge green lung in the centre of the city. There are exhibition spaces, sweeping lawns, waterfalls and a boating lake
- Browse the Sunday flea market of El Rastro - a mecca for antique hunters and collectors of bric-a-brac (as well as pickpockets)
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Plantlife / flora
- Shopping / markets
- Wine tasting
The Santa Ana apartments are ideal for families, with 2 bedrooms (including a twin in Santa Ana I) and nothing delicate or expensive that kids might break! There is also a playground in the plaza below. Larger families can book the 2 Santa Ana apartments together, as they share a communal entrance and sit on the same floor.
Valverde I is more suited to families with older children, as it has breakable decoration. The second bedroom (a small twin) is also accessed via a staircase with no railing. Note that it’s the only apartment with a bathtub, however.
Nunez de Balboa VII (sleeps 6) and Claudio Coello VII (sleeps 6-8) are particularly spacious, with 3 bedrooms each.
If you’re coming with a baby, cots can be added to any of the apartments, including the 1-bedroom options.
Family friendly accommodation:
Babysitting can be arranged via the concierge service.
- Highchairs (extra charge)
- Baby cots (extra charge)
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Kids Activities nearby:
- Playground on Plaza Santa Ana
- Boating and street theatre in the Retiro Park
- Casa de Campo - a lake, zoo and amusement park complex
- Tailored guided tours for children at the major art museums
Families Should Know:
Most apartments have lifts (useful for those with pushchairs), but check when booking if requesting a 1-bedroom apartment.
- Airport: 30-40 minutes
- Hospital: 5 minutes
- Shop: 2 minutes