Madrid Boutique Apartments

Madrid, Spain Book from Book from £85 per night

Spacious, light-filled apartments for 2-8 in central Madrid - perfect for couples, families and friends who want to experience the city like locals
With unbeatable locations across the city, these airy apartments are great-value options for those seeking a home-from-home in the vibrant Spanish capital. There's the Santa Ana apartment on Plaza Santa Ana, the beating heart of the Huertas neighbourhood. This is one of Madrid’s liveliest squares, filled with cafés, bars and restaurants where you can people-watch over a glass of vino and some tapas. The spacious Claudio Coello VII and Nunez de Balboa VII apartments are in the leafy, elegant Salamanca area, and there are many more 1- and 2-bedroom options available across the centre, as well as in the neighbourhoods of Chamartín and Chamberí. All are within easy reach of major sights and museums.

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.

Highs

  • 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 apartment operators are on hand to book airport transfers, arrange shopping and private chefs, and advise on what to see and do

Lows

  • 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 apartment 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 apartment are particularly lively - we've heard feedback of all night summer parties
  • 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

Best time to go

Madrid is a fascinating - and lively - place to visit at any time of year, though bear in mind it can be very cold in winter and sweltering in summer. There's a huge annual exodus during August, which can be a great time to visit if you prefer quieter cities - provided you can handle temperatures that reach into the 40s.

Our top tips

Madrileños are obsessed with rooftop bars. Our favourite has to be the terrace at El Círculo de Bellas Artes, a cultural centre located on Calle Alcalá. It has panoramic views of Madrid, and on a clear day you can see all the way to the mountains beyond. There’s also plenty of space, and you can sit at a table or sprawl out on a sun lounger. Note there’s a small charge for access.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
City Style
Family
  • Boutique Apartments
  • 7 apts for 2-8 (plus extra options)
  • Self-catering (restaurants nearby)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Concierge Service
Room:

Rooms

Santa Ana I faces Plaza Santa Ana (Huertas neighbourhood). 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 apartment, particularly in the summer months.

There are 2 luxe apartments in the Salamanca area, which are great for larger groups and families. Nunez de Balboa VII is a second-floor apartment that sleeps 6. It's located 1 block from Velazquez metro station, and has 2 ensuite double bedrooms (shower) as well as a twin bedroom, a kitchen, and a living/dining room. Claudio Coello VII is a third-floor apartment near the corner of Claudio Coello and Ayala. It has a master double bedroom, a twin bedroom, a lounge / third bedroom (double sofabed), an open-plan living/dining room and a kitchen.

There are also additional 1- and 2-bedroom apartments across the city. We didn’t get to see any others in person, but full details of what's available will be provided when you enquire.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • CD player
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Cots Available
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob or stove
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Satellite TV
  • Toaster
  • Toiletries
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi

Eating

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, 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. 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!

Features include:

  • Chef on request
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob or stove
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Shopping service
  • Toaster
  • Welcome hamper
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • 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:

  • Boating
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Shopping / markets
  • Wine tasting

Kids

These apartments are ideal for families. 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.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available

Babysitting:

Babysitting can be arranged via the concierge service.

Baby equipment:

  • Highchairs (extra charge)
  • Baby cots (extra charge)

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kids Activities nearby:

  • 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.

Distances:

  • Airport: 30-40 minutes
  • Hospital: 5 minutes
  • Shop: 2 minutes
Kid Friendly:

Location

The apartments are located in Madrid's centre, as well as in the neighbourhoods of Salamanca, Chamartín and Chamberí. They’re all close to metro stations, major sights and shops.

By Air:
Madrid Barajas (12km) is a major international hub that’s served by numerous flights from the UK, elsewhere in Europe and further afield.

From the Airport
There’s a fast and convenient metro link from the airport to the city centre - you’ll probably have to change lines once or twice to reach your apartment, but the whole journey should take no more than 30-40 minutes. You could also take a taxi or arrange a transfer via Madrid Boutique Apartments.

By Train:
The city’s main rail terminal, Atocha, is a short metro ride from all the apartments. It’s served by trains from across Spain.

By Car:
We don’t recommend hiring a car - the apartments have no parking, and Madrid is easily explored on foot and public transport. If you want to hire one to visit the surrounding area, see our car rental recommendations.

Detailed directions and arrival information will be provided when you confirm a booking through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Madrid Barajas 12.0 km MAD

Other:

  • Beach 350.0 km
  • Shops 0.2 km
  • Restaurant 0.2 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 2 independent reviews from i-escape guests

9/10
Room
10/10
Food
10/10
Service
9/10
Value
10/10
Overall

Top marks in every way!

10/10,

Javier who greeted us on arrival was very knowledgeable and welcoming. The apartment was well equipped and very nice. The only negative was some stains on the rug in front of the couch and oddly the view in the photo of the apartment did not match the view from the room! Unfortunately the pool was closed on Saturday afternoon and all evening due to a private reception. We would have changed our plans if we had known this in advance. This was a disappointment especially as it was preventable.
Having said that, we would recommend and we would return.

9/10,

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