One of the most romantic honeymoon destinations in the world is Madrid. With its rich historical culture, amazing displays of architecture, gastronomic thrills, diverse locals, and famous sights to behold, it is one of the most memorable places to celebrate your new life as a married couple. While settling down in a hotel makes for a no-frills honeymoon trip, you can take things up a notch by enjoying what Madrid has to offer through a local perspective.
How? Opt for local accommodations instead. Whether you are looking for a studio or a one-bedroom apartment, you will find lots of different options to choose from in Madrid. Each of its barrio has got a different local flavor to offer that will show you modern and traditional Spain.
1. Acacia Oasis III
Experience your own oasis in this 2-bedroom apartment in Madrid. The apartment offers a unique view of the city where you will wake up each day to natural sunlight filling the entire room. The apartment has all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay, including your own kitchen, basic home appliances, even fast Internet connection, and cable television.
Staying in this apartment also gives you a chance to experience the nearby barrio Lavapiés. This humble barrio is known for its cultural diversity, owing mostly to its immigrant residents. You can easily spend a whole day here, starting from the Ruins of the Escuelas Pías, onto a museum visit at Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, then some down time and drinks at Ave Maria. You might also want to check out the vast number of restaurants in the area, offering virtually all types of food from all over the world.
2. Vista Chueca
If you are looking for something spacious yet simple, then Vista Chueca might be the perfect fit for you. Despite its minimalist appeal, the apartment comes complete with all the basic amenities you will need for a truly comfortable stay.
This apartment is also located right in the heart of lively and colorful Chueca. The area is known for its diverse and thriving gay community which welcomes all types of lifestyle. More than anything else, Chueca is known for being fashion-forward and the trendiest place to be in Madrid. Plaza de Chueca gives you instant access to some of the most popular shops and cafes in the area. Make sure to drop by Mercado de San Antón to check out local art exhibits and galleries currently on view.
Nestled in the middle of Madrid is this fabulous one-bedroom apartment that is cozily designed for honeymooners. This modern apartment has all the amenities you will love to have plus fast Wi-Fi and cable TV for entertainment. Both the living room and bedroom enjoy a natural spill of sunlight with its wide glass windows. The apartment has been decorated too in modern lively colors to make your stay cozier than ever.
As the location is at central Madrid, you are at the heart of it all. Enjoy easy access to world-famous Puerta del Sol, the Royal Palace of Madrid, Plaza Mayor, Gran Via, among lots of other historical and famous sites.
4. The Bohemian Apartment at Gran Via
This Bohemian Apartment brings you a good walking distance from some of most popular museums in Madrid such as the Museo del Prano, Thyssen, and Reina Sofia. After a full day of soaking up Spanish history and culture, you can take your sweet time back in this apartment, relaxing in its modern-chic design complete with all the home amenities you can think of.
This apartment is also aptly decorated in reference to Gran Via–the most popular shopping district in Madrid. Take a walk on cosmopolitan Madrid with a vast number of upscale shops, theaters, restaurants, and other modern lifestyle places of interest featured in Gran Via. This area is also credited for a number of 20th century architecture from Vienna Secession to Neo-Mudejar, and even Art Deco. After a day’s worth of touring Gran Via, you will definitely have a better sense of how apt this Bohemian Apartment is to its location.
5. Hernan Cortes
As you walk along the streets of Madrid, among the things that would strike you is its uniquely European architecture. This concept is seen from the inside out in this one-of-a kind accommodations, located at Hernan Cortes. The spacious apartment is an architecture in itself, from the inside out, and comes with all the amenities you can expect from a 5-star hotel yet more affordable. In addition to that 5-star feel, you can also whip up your own meals and easily take care of laundry as the apartment comes with a fully-functioning kitchen as well as washer and dryer to suit your needs.
As you step outside the apartment, there is a long list of architectural marvels that awaits you. Make sure you bring a camera for this truly picturesque sightseeing trip! You can join walking tours to help you get better acquainted with the history of the sites you will see, or you can also choose to plot your own itinerary for the day. Whichever way you choose, make sure you include Plaza de Oriente and Plaza de Cibeles in your list of places to visit. You can also cap off a nice day of touring by sampling authentic local cuisine at Mercado San Miguel. If you are feeling adventurous, you can also buy your own fresh ingredients from this market and create your own Spanish meals back in the apartment.
6. Huertas, Madrid
Speaking of sampling local food, this centrally-located apartment brings you right at the gates of gastronomic heaven in Madrid. What better way to enjoy a taste of Spain but to sample tapas and the exquisite taste of Spanish wines at Mercado San Miguel. This iron market hall in Madrid is home to cafes, restaurants, and local shops where you can also find some of the best souvenir items to take home. You can also have a romantic dinner right at the market or eat like a local by trying out any of its food shops that comes with standing counters.
This apartment, though minimalist in design, lets you enjoy all the comforts of a local Madrileño. Enjoy a staycation in this spacious apartment that comes with a comfortable living room area and widely spaced kitchen and dining area. The apartment comes complete with the amenities of a hotel–with its beddings, linens, cable television, and fast Internet connection. So if you are tired from exploring the city, you can always come home to this cozy apartment for two.
7. Studio Apartment at Chamberi
Aside from the usual one-bedroom apartments that can be rented in Madrid, you can also try booking a studio apartment for a more affordable price. If you expect a lot of outdoor time during your honeymoon in Madrid, then this apartment would be perfect for you.
This studio apartment is located in Chamberi, Madrid which is especially popular among students for its very convenient, near-everything, location.
The 19th century small town of Chamberi is home to great historical architectures such as the Hospital of Maudes–now declared part of Spain’s Bien de Interés Cultural or Heritage of Cultural Interest. The Church of San Fermín de los Navarros is anothery nearby tourist spot worth visiting for its picturesque neo-Mudéjar style. This church is also declared as part of Spain’s Bien de Interés Cultural. Another place of vintage picturesque appeal is the Beti Jai fronton with its ruin paying homage to what once was a sport venue in Madrid. As you are exploring the area, take time to see the Sorolla museum too, established in tribute to the Spanish artist Joaquin Sorolla, which now houses all of his remaining paintings. The museum used to be Sorolla’s own home. Its principal rooms has been preserved to feature some of his art paraphernalia, while the upstairs rooms now feature ongoing local art exhibits.
8. Gran Via Studio
Speaking of studios, another area where you can find lots of this type of accommodations is at Gran Via. If you plan to spend a quick visit in the area, like an overnight stay, then this Gran Via studio may just be what you are looking for. This studio-type apartment is complete with all the basic amenities of a hotel room, plus some kitchen appliances you can use to make simple meals during your stay.
So how can you make the most out of your short but sweet stay at Gran Via? And is it worth it?
Aside from the shopping experience, get a taste of its social scene by visiting its bustling cafes, restaurants, and bars. Gran Via is also a great place to experience the local Madrid nightlife. If you want to get a taste of some local history, make time to view the edificios–Edificio Metropolis, Edificio Grassy, and the Telefónica building. These edificios, or towering buildings, are known for their traditional and towering architectures. The oldest of them has been built back in 1907. While you are at it, you might also want to check out the town squares Plaza de Callao and Plaza de España and spend time people-watching, seeing various street performers as well, and wait for the romantic sunset blanketing the city of Madrid.
9. Calle Barco
Cannot get enough of Madrid? Well if you want to see everything that this vintage romantic city has to offer, minus the need to move from one accommodations to another, Calle Barco may just be the best honeymoon nest for you. This apartment is strategically located between Chueca and Malasaña and also a few walks away from the widely popular Gran Via. You can also easily reach Sol, Plaza Mayor, and other popular landmarks from this apartment. To top it all, the Gran Via metro station is just a five-minute walk away from this charming boutique apartment.
The apartment is embellished with modern and classic Spanish design, making it a perfect fit within its historical neighborhood. You can also wake up each day to a well-lit room and soak up some natural sunlight–one of the luxuries enjoyed by Madrileños. The apartment also comes fully-equipped with amenities, allowing you to have a nice staycation at home. So whether you want the flexibility of seeing as much as you can of Madrid, or taking a time out of touring and just enjoy a simple staycation with your loved one, you can be sure that this apartment would be perfect however way you choose to spend your precious honeymoon trip together.
10. The candy box at Gran Via
Speaking of staycation, you might want also want to check out this candy box of an apartment at Gran Via. This intimate cozy apartment comes fully decorated with all the amenities you will need to wind down and spend quality time with your better half. It is the perfect way for you to experience and have a taste of what married life is like while living in Madrid.
This apartment would surely give you plenty of time to relax and just enjoy each other’s company. If you want to take this time to rest from all the pre-wedding preparations you have done, even from the high-energy of the wedding itself, you can choose to book local guided tours instead so you can see Madrid without worrying about your itinerary. You can also choose to hire a local guide who can take you to the hidden places to eat and shop at Madrid. Aside from the usual walking tours and day tours, you can also opt for a wine tour that’ll take you to centuries-old winemaking companies and have a romantic dinner in the evening. You can also take an authentic Spanish cooking class together so you can take the taste of Spain right back home with you.
Enjoy an unforgettable honeymoon in Madrid
Whether you’re up for some sightseeing, local and international shopping, basking in the local scene, cultural explorations, or simply enjoying natural landscapes with your beloved other half, you’ll find no shortage of things to do and romantic ways to spend an unforgettable honeymoon in the city of amor, Madrid.
Get Trip101 in your inbox