City breaks are a must, especially when it’s so easy to hop on a plane for a couple of hours, and end up in a different country! We’re so lucky to be super close to other European cities, and with flights reasonably cheap, you can get away for a weekend for almost the same amount as it’d cost for a weekend in another UK city!
Madrid had been on the travel list for a while, and when I found out Kim had never visited either, we decided we just had to plan a girls weekend. Flights booked through BA, at just over £60 each, all that was left was to decide on which region and where to stay. Trawling through Airbnb for the cutest apartment close to the centre (most instagrammable too obviously), we found THE ONE – a beautiful, stylish one bed in the central vibrant neighbourhood of Malasaña.
The Airbnb owner, Tatiana Garcia Bueso, turned out to be a well-known Spanish interior designer, who had featured in ICON magazine among others, and the apartment of hers which we stayed in radiated style. With the cutest, most charming interior, and super innovative design, it was almost a shame we weren’t planning on spending more time inside.
There were so many lights – strip lights, hanging filament lights, cute lamps.
The fake Ivy running through the apartment was a great way of bringing the outdoors inside, as there wasn’t all that much natural light, or any views of the outdoors from windows.
Super contemporary, I would love my flat to be this cool.
The only thing which was a bit strange, but really innovative, was the mirror/glass screen between the bedroom and bathroom. A glass panel, which you could see through, turned into a mirror in the bedroom, once the strip light along the bottom was turned on.
You could still see through from the bathroom, but not vice versa, making it a little strange when showering as you could see what the other person was doing in the bedroom – I tried not to look haha.
Our Airbnb host, who was working with Tatiana, let us in, showed us around and even sent over plenty of recommendations for the nearby area – more to add to our list for the long weekend away! They even left us a lovely bottle of red wine, which was delicious enjoyed one afternoon before heading out for dinner! Such a nice and thoughtful touch.
The area itself was super cool – you could see why it’s called the ‘hipster’ region. Not far from the main shopping streets of Madrid, there were plenty of bars and restaurants close to the apartment, from tapas bars, to craft beer pubs and burger joints. There were clubs too, and it was pretty lively on the Saturday night along the street we stayed on – yet you couldn’t hear anything once inside!
We enjoyed a half pint of craft ale at Stuyck Co. one evening, which is literally downstairs. A fab, friendly little pub which serves a number of different craft beers and ales.
Malasaña is super central too, so it’s easy to walk to all the key must-visit spots (Keep an eye out for my post next week on what to see), so there’s no need to be stuck on a Metro for the entire trip – you get to see so much more that way too!
Getting to and from the airport takes about 45-60 minutes, so although it is a bit of distance, it’s super easy via the Metro, which is pretty simple to navigate – all the ticket machines have the option to change the language to English.
If you’re using a card, rather than carrying cash whilst away, there are also plenty of banks and cash points in the area, and most places in Madrid and Malasaña take card payment. This was so much easier – I used my Monzo card so could track my spending on my app too!
Overall, a fab area to stay in, gorgeous apartment, and super friendly and helpful hosts! I would definitely recommend Malasaña and Tatiana’s apartment to anyone looking a short break away to Madrid!
We had lots on our list to do in Madrid, and got through so much, so be sure to keep an eye out for my list of the top things to do and see in the city which will be up next week – watch this space.
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