Gay hotels Madrid – a gay guide to the city
An introduction to gay hotels Madrid – and the gay-friendly accommodation available
Looking for gay hotels Madrid? Well you’ve come to the right website. Like many city-centres in Europe, Madrid doesn’t offer that many gay-only hotels. But Spain is a relatively liberal country when it comes to sexuality, so you’ll find most of the city’s hotels are at least gay-friendly. We’d recommend staying as centrally as possible, and close to the La Chueca gay area – so that you don’t have to stagger home too far after a night out! The Gay Welcome Accommodation Search Page shows gay-friendly hotels, apartments and guesthouses in Madrid. The La Chueca area is also marked on the map. Just click the link below to get started.
What Madrid lacks in landmarks it makes up for with fun. The Spanish capital is a charming, elegant city with wonderful palaces and squares but no outstanding world landmarks to match Big Ben or the Eiffel Tower. But it does have amazing nightlife, great museums and galleries, a thriving gay scene and sunshine galore.
The great thing about Madrid is that the centre is compact. You can easily walk from one attraction to another taking in the architecture, the culture and the bustle of a busy capital city without wearing yourself out.
And you will need your strength because the nightlife starts late and goes on till dawn. Spanish people seem to eat dinner when most others would be thinking of bed. And the bars and clubs only get busy when, in most other countries, they would be closing down for the night.
Madrid is dominated by its royal history with money from its former overseas empire spent on palaces, cathedrals and public buildings that provide its grandeur. It has world-class art galleries and museums, beautiful parks and a mix of big modern shopping streets, like the Grand Via and warren-like backstreet blocks like the gay district at Chueca.
Cut off from much of the world during Franco’s dictatorship, the city has flourished into a truly liberal city and a great place to visit.
The Spanish capital has become one of the top gay destinations of the world. Its liberal and open-minded sprit reflects on its gay pride which was voted the best in the world by Logo/MTV. Over 2 million people take part as the parade makes its way through the city’s majestic avenues. At night the gay district of Chueca is packed with revelers with performers on stages in every one of its squares.
Throughout the year Madrid has a large gay scene, located mostly at the Chueca area and most recently at Lavapies and Latina neighbourhoods. If you’re looking for gay hotel Madrid, then this is probably the area you’ll want to be closest to. The city has loads of gay saunas, bars and clubs, many with backrooms but watch your wallet.
Best gay listings magazines
Best sites for meeting the locals
Best tourist information sites
For ideas on what to do and where to go from a gay point of view – we’d recommend the ‘Gay tourism in Madrid‘ section of the ESmadrid.com site. They’re also the best site for more general tourism information.
Best events listing sites
We recommend you check out the Gay Welcome Madrid Events page for the very biggest gay or gay-friendly events in the city. If you want a broader listing, the ESmadrid.com’s ‘What’s on in Madrid‘ pages are probably your best bet.
Best restaurant site
There’s some great restaurants in Madrid – especially if you’re looking for good Spanish or Tapas. We’d recommend either the Frommer’s website for advice and listings, or the more local Go Madrid website.
Best shopping site
We’d recommend the ‘Simon Seeks‘ website for shopping advice and listings in Madrid. It covers not only the best shops, but information on all the main shopping areas, and tips on where to find the best bargains.
Our top sightseeing tips:
- Prado Museum - One of Europe’s most important museums, it hosts one of the world’s finest collections.
- Madrid Royal Palace - A majestic palace located in the centre of Madrid with magnificent views and impressive architecture. It offers free and guided tours.
- Mercado de San Miguel - Built in 1913, Madrid’s most important food market is worth a visit even if you’re not planning on shopping.
- Puerta del Sol - Not far from Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol is Madrid’s most famous square.
- Plaza Mayor - One of Madrid’s most beautiful squares, hosting shops, restaurants and cafes.
- Plaza de la Villa - Historical square with architectural gems from the 15th, 16th and 17th century.
- The Debod Temple - You will be surprised to find an authentic Egyptian temple from the second century BC in the middle of Madrid
- Catedral de la Almudena - A huge cathedral by the Royal Palace
- Chueca - Square and underground station located in the middle of Gay Madrid.
- Flamenco Shows - Do not miss one of Spain’s dance legacy. Here are some venues: Cafe de Chinitas, Las Tablas, Corral de la Moreria, Tablao Flamenco Cardamomo
Your best tip is to use the MadridCard that will give you access to a wide range of cultural and leisure activities, such as museums, monuments, palaces, etc – via the use of public transport. The Underground (Metro) is safe and efficient as well as buses. You may find cabs difficult to hire at late hours on weekends and, unlike other European cities, there are fewer taxi stands.
The Chueca, Fuencarral Street and Sol-Salamanca areas are the most important shopping areas in Madrid. Spain’s largest department store, El Corte Ingles is found in many locations throughout the capital. The Fuencarral Market is also an interesting and central option. The Gran Via has much to offer as well, but for the gay tourist the Chueca area may prove the most appealing.
Madrid Barajas Airport is one of the largest in Europe, and is conveniently connected to the city centre either by train (line C1 Cercanias Commuter Train) or by Metro (line 8, pink. In addition, an inexpensive express bus service runs 24 hrs a day.
If you are arriving by train, you will arrive at one of Madrid’s two train stations: Chamartin or Atocha. Both have excellent connections with either the Metro or Cercanias. Modern high-speed trains connect Madrid to Barcelona (2,4hrs), Seville (2,2hrs), and Malaga (2,30hrs), as well as other European capitals such as Lisbon and Paris.
Most international buses arrive at Estacion Sur de Autobuses, one of eight bus terminals in Madrid. Bus arrivals from Bilbao and Barcelona come in at Avenida de Americas bus terminal. All these stations are accessible by Metro.
To find gay hotels in Madrid – start by clicking the link below. You’ll be taken to our gay hotels search map. Just click on Spain on the map or ‘Madrid’ in the links on the right – and all the gay hotels in Madrid, as well as gay-friendly accommodation and apartment rentals, will show up as pins on the map. Happy searching!