Where to Stay in Madrid with Family
Looking for a sunshine-filled city break with the family? Discover the most charming neighbourhoods to stay in Madrid that you'll all love
Although Madrid has a reputation for its late dining and non-stop marcha nightlife, it's actually a great destination for families. Trust us. A bustling, old-fashioned city with plenty of iconic parks and plazas, pedigree art museums and churro cafes on every corner to keep the kids happy after a long day of sightseeing. It’s perfectly normal for children to join their families for meals in the evening and the city hits that sweet spot of being lively but also surprisingly chilled and relaxed.
Whether you’re travelling with little ones or with older relatives, our guide to where to stay in Madrid with family will help you find your perfect home away from home that caters to everyone. With retro cinemas, fairytale museums and cute neighbourhood markets, after you’ve had a taste of the Madrileño sweet life, you’ll be eager to come back for more. And here at Plum Guide, we are ready for you to do exactly that, because if you follow our expert guide, there's no doubt that you'll be desperate to return. so without further ado, here’s our curated selection of the best places to stay in this golden metropolis that the whole family will enjoy.
Book a trip to the Puerta del Sol
Right in the heart of Madrid, a stay in this busy, tourist centre with the family might sound like a bigger faux pas than cheering for rival football team Barcelona at one of the local bars, but trust us: in Puerta del Sol everything is at your fingertips. The copious amount of kid-friendly antics nearby are bound to keep your little ones entertained for hours and the best part? Getting back to your plush Plum Guide apartment at the end of the day will be a breeze.
For a healthy dose of culture, the quirky Casa Museu Raton Perez is right on your doorstep and offers something for the whole family. Entirely dedicated to the Spanish tooth-fairy, rumour has it she even lives in the vicinity. For an unhealthy dose of culture, don’t leave without treating yourselves to churros and hot chocolate at famous chocolatier’s San Gines. Time your visit right and you’re also just a short drive to the Casa de Campo fair site which plays host to the magical Cirque du Soleil acrobatic spectacle. Still not convinced? Retiro Park and the maze-like Alice and Wonderland-esque Sabatini gardens are also mere footsteps away - the latter offering sweeping views of the Palacio Real for adults to enjoy.
In and around the Paseo del Prado
In and around the Paseo del Prado is where to stay in Madrid with family if you’re hoping to achieve the impossible goal of keeping everyone happy. If you plan to sink your teeth into the city’s major museums, then this is the place to be - your family members will thank you for choosing a charming Plum Guide home nearby to rest their feet. Many might be tempted to think that this central locale is better suited to a more mature family trip but we have a hunch that this spot might even win over your younger offspring too. After all, Museo del Prado, along with the works of Goya, El Greco and Velazquez, is nearby. Centro Centro, with its tower of panoramic city views and the tropical gardens of Atocha train station are also within walking distance. If attempting to please all of the family gets too much, escape the mother-in-law by renting a boat at the nearby Retiro park before diving into Las Letras for some well-deserved tapas and cocktails in the evening.
Enjoy a stay in Chamberí
Located in the Northern part of central Madrid, this traditional, serene district used to be populated by aristocrats - meaning you and your family will feel right at home here. Slightly further from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, Chamberí is a residential district that won us over with its cultural charm and thriving restaurant scene. (The city really is a culinary paradise - a food tour of Madrid can confirm it). There’s plenty to do here on a rainy day: think retro cinemas, theatres and art museums. When the younger members of the family inevitably get hungry after exploring the neighbourhood’s stunning architecture, a wonderful mis-mash of classy restaurants, timeless, traditional eateries and taverns are just a stroll away.
Take the family to La Latina
Ah, La Latina. The district that screams “Espanha" with arguably the best tapas in the world (step aside Barcelona), mojitos and pretty terraces. This is where to stay in Madrid with family if you want to return home with full bragging rights. Don’t be fooled by the jam-packed bars and restaurants on the weekend, we know that your time is far too precious to queue. Book a table at a nearby barrio on the weekend but during weekdays, this iconic neighbourhood calms down so you can discover its churches, basilicas and neighbourhood markets at your own pace. Leisurely terrace lunches can be enjoyed while you watch your children playing in plazas along with the locals. Your future self will thank you for staying in La Latina: the emblematic Plaza Major will be your backyard and is bound to leave a memorable stamp on your little ones.
Reserve a home in the Paseo del Arte
If you’re an art lover, you’re bound to light up when it comes to Madrid’s historical paintings. It’s such an art hotspot in fact, that it even has a small section dedicated to the craft. Located between Centro and Las Letras, Paseo del Arte (aka the golden triangle of art) is where to stay for the ultimate escape from reality, to tick off world-famous pieces of art from your bucket list and hone the critical thinking skills of your little ones - they’ll thank you later. The Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen are all here but as much as you fancy your kids as future art connoisseurs, chances are they are unlikely to last over two hours in its museums - that’s where the grandparents come in. Plus, if you don’t have a chance to see all of its world class art, it gives you an excuse to visit the Spanish capital again, and this time you'll already know where to stay in Madrid with kids.