Spain and home-sharing sites aren’t currently on the best of terms. From Barcelona to Madrid, cities are imposing stricter regulations on renters; the latter most recently attempting to require a minimum five-night stay in private apartments. Even so, there are hundreds of rentals available in the city for as little as one night, with entire-place rentals averaging $81 and private rooms just $33. Here are 10 of our favorite private rentals in Spain’s capital city.
1. Light-filled apartment 2. Vibrant, art-filled space 3. Apartment with a view 4. Funky Chueca flat 5. One-bedroom attic apartment 6. Stylish four-bedroom 7. Two-bedroom apartment 8. Gran Via studio 9. Blue studio apartment 10. Lavapiés Duplex Loft
Erica Jackson Curran is a former alt-weekly editor turned moonlight freelancer based in Richmond, Virginia.
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This light-filled apartment effortlessly blends modern and antique styles for a look that's right at home in Madrid's trendy, gay-friendly Chueca barrio. The space is filled with personal touches, like a Chesterfield sofa upholstered in golden tapestries from the host's grandfather's 1950s-era fabric company, and hand-painted tile in the bathroom from Seville. The central apartment is two minutes from Gran Via, the city's most famous corridor peppered with shops, restaurants, bars and attractions.
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A local photographer converted his studio into an apartment, and this vibrant, art-filled space is the result. The small kitchen is stocked with coffee, fruit, snacks, and even a welcome bottle of cava. Guests can entertain themselves with a collection of art books and movies, or simply get out and enjoy the surrounding Malasaña neighborhood. It's a block from San Ildefonso Square and easy walking distance to tourist attractions and several metro stops.
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This apartment comes equipped with not one but two balconies overlooking the square in the heart of the historic, eclectic Lavapiés barrio. Located in a turn-of-the-century building, the completely renovated flat has AC, a full (hot pink!) kitchen, and a separate bedroom. There's a metro station just in front of the building, and it's a short walk from Puerta del Sol, one of Madrid's main hubs, and Paseo del Pardo, a.k.a. museum central.
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There's room for six guests in this funky Chueca flat, which has an open layout on the main floor with a separate sleeping room upstairs. Host Emilio claims it's the best location in Madrid, with easy proximity to museums, the Royal Palace, restaurants (ask him for paella recommendations), and the weekly open-air Rastro flea market. The apartment has more than 200 glowing reviews thanks to its location, cleanliness, and Emilio's welcoming attitude.
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This one-bedroom attic apartment is right on Gran Via, making it perfectly situated for exploring Madrid. The main living area has large windows with views of the bustling street below, while the interior bedroom offers an escape from the noise. The kitchen includes a washing machine, and there's also a private terrace with an outdoor shower. There's a metro stop two minutes away.
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This stylish spot in Chueca sleeps four with a private bedroom and a sofa bed. The kitchen is small but has all the basics—including an oven and refrigerator—and there's a dining area that seats four. The large windows let in a lot of light, but they're also equipped with blackout shades to allow for sleeping late and siestas. Past guests say hosts Abel and Emilio have their finger on the pulse of the city's hippest new spots, so be sure to ask them for recommendations.
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Multiple skylights flood every room of this two-bedroom apartment with that famous Spanish sunlight. The main living space has a sitting area, dining area, and modern kitchen, and both bedrooms have queen-sized beds. Half of the apartment faces the street, while the other half faces the building's unique corrala (courtyard), which retains the Mediterranean charm of its early-1900s roots. Located in Lavapiés, the apartment is right across the street from the Escuelas Pias ruins, and it's also near the Mercado San Miguel, which host Guillermo says "provides the best tapas experience ever."
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Superhost Andrea says "I truly believe that my home represents the Madrid experience exceptionally well"—and nearly 200 past guests seem to agree. The Gran Via studio has a roomy bathroom with a bidet, a full galley kitchen with a washing machine, and a spacious, plant-filled terrace. Parking and an extra bed are available upon request.
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This studio apartment near Puerta del Sol has a bit of a blue mood going on, with azul accessories adding color to the otherwise monochromatic space. There's a semi-separate bedroom along with a sofa bed, a dining area, fully equipped kitchen, and floor-to-ceiling windows opening to a long balcony overlooking the street. Past guests call Superhost Israel "awesome" and "perfect."
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A good bet for traveling families, this duplex loft in Lavapiés has two bedrooms—one with a double bed, the other with two singles—as well as a sofa bed. Spread out over two floors, the apartment has one bathroom, a study area, storage space, and a new kitchen with a chalkboard wall. It's close to plenty of tapas bars as well as El Rastro and art museums like the Museo del Prado and the Museo Nacional Centra de Arte Reina Sofia.