Malasana

Madrid
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Loved by hipsters and students for its coffeehouses and nightlife scene, this creative neighborhood also has excellent art museums, theaters and shopping.

Set out on foot to discover the energetic vibe that permeates the streets and plazas of Malasaña. This is Madrid’s student district, an area packed with bars, fashion outlets, galleries and museums. The Movida Madrileña counterculture movement began here in the 1970s and an underground scene continues today. Malasaña takes its name from Manuela Malasaña, a heroine of the 1808 uprising against French troops.

Fashion conscious visitors relish in the diverse retail options, which range from bookshops to vintage stores and upscale fashion outlets. Once part of the city’s poorer area, Calle Fuencarral is now home to popular clothing brands such as Mango and Levi’s. Visit the 400-year-old Church of San Antonio de los Alemanes. It’s notable for its Baroque interior, painted by acclaimed artists including Francisco Ricci.

Enjoy people-watching at Plaza del Dos de Mayo, named after the date of the 1808 uprising. Bars surround the square and the Saturday Malamarket sees artists and designers selling unique wares. Find brewpubs, concert halls, international restaurants and tapas joints along cobblestone streets that lead from the square. Local musicians entertain punters at the three-floor Mercado de San Ildefonso street food market.

Appreciate the enormity of the neoclassical Palacio de Liria, which is among the largest private residences in Madrid. Guided tours of the palace’s impressive art collection take place on Fridays by prior appointment. Close to here, the Museum of Contemporary Art features works from the mid-1800s onwards. Graphic arts and illustrations are the focus of the free Museum ABC.

Another major attraction in the area is the Conde Duque Cultural Center, housed within a huge former royal barracks. It has auditoriums, exhibition spaces, libraries and theaters. Catch shows by independent theater groups at Teatro Maravillas and productions of Broadway musicals at Teatro Coliseum.

Malasaña occupies much of the northern section of central Madrid. It’s easy to get here by taking the metro to any of the Gran Vía, Noviciado, Plaza de España and Tribunal stations. Several public bus lines also stop in and around the neighborhood.


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THC Gran Via Hostel
THC Gran Via Hostel
2 out of 5
Calle Barco, 10, Madrid, Madrid
The price is ¥5,861 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Located in Malasana, this hostal is within a 10-minute walk of Gran Via Street and Puerta del Sol. Plaza Mayor and Royal Palace of Madrid are also within 15 ...
3.6/5 Good! (94 reviews)
"Very clean and near the center of Madrid"

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2021

THC Gran Via Hostel
Hotel Princesa Plaza Madrid
Hotel Princesa Plaza Madrid
4 out of 5
Princesa 40, Madrid, Madrid
The price is ¥10,464 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
Located in Malasana, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Liria Palace, Comillas Pontifical University, and Oeste Park. Museo Municipal de Arte Contemporaneo ...
3.9/5 Good! (959 reviews)
"Excelente"

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2022

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Petit Palace Triball
Petit Palace Triball
3 out of 5
C/ Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada, 2, Madrid, Madrid
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The price is ¥8,892 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
Located in Malasana, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gran Via Street, Puerta del Sol, and Lope de Vega Theatre. Circulo de Bellas Artes and Plaza Mayor ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (840 reviews)
"We loved this place. Staff was great and you can't beat the location."

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

Petit Palace Triball
L&H Gran Vía Selection
L&H Gran Vía Selection
4 out of 5
Calle San Onofre, 5, Madrid, Madrid
The price is ¥10,476 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Located in Malasana, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Fuencarral Market, Plaza de Cibeles, and Plaza Mayor. Prado Museum is 1 mi (1.5 km) away. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (347 reviews)
"great service and communication before our arrival"

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

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Leonardo Hotel Madrid City Center
Leonardo Hotel Madrid City Center
3 out of 5
Calle de Alberto Aguilera 18, Madrid, Madrid
The price is ¥7,808 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8
Located in Chamberi, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Plaza de Espana - Princesa, Gran Via Street, and Teatro Coliseum. Royal Palace of Madrid and Puerta ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (599 reviews)
"OK for downtown hotel."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

Leonardo Hotel Madrid City Center
Bob W Chueca
Bob W Chueca
3 out of 5
Calle Fuencarral 45, Madrid, Madrid
The price is ¥10,188 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Located in Malasana, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of Romanticism, Gran Via Street, and Puerta del Sol. Paseo del Prado and Teatro ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (13 reviews)
"Super place to stay near restaurants and shopping. The metro and Gran Vía are just down the block. Friendly staff and excellent service. The contactless check-in was flawless. I highly recommend this property:)"

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2022

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