“Spacious, light-filled apartments for 2-8 in central Madrid - perfect for couples, families and friends who want to experience the city like locals”
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.
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.
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 Spain Select’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!
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.
Babysitting can be arranged via the concierge service.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Most apartments have lifts (useful for those with pushchairs), but check when booking if requesting a 1-bedroom apartment.