THE HAT MADRID
I don’t stay at hostels that often. Why? Although I never look at a price tag (cool hotels are there in any price range) usually hostels tend to be somewhat cheapish in the interior and I like to have my own quiet space after a day of spotting for cool addresses in a new city. And that’s not the case when you have to share a room with 12 other people. But then I met The Hat…
The Hat is a hostel for people who can appreciate cool design, pay slightly more than the average hostel and are also slightly older (around 30 instead of 20). I spoke to the enthusiastic and passionate owner of The Hat and he found his idea when he was working in California. Born and raised in Madrid he wanted to do something back to his city and that’s why he founded The Hat (the name comes from the song ‘Wherever I Lay My Hat’ of Paul Young). Because of the crisis in Spain he couldn’t found a bank to cooperate so he travelled the whole country to give presentations in the hopes of being crowd-funded for his project. A few months ago he finally opened the doors and since then it’s full with travellers from all around the world.
When you enter the lobby you’re already pleasantly surprised by the interior. Part of the songtext of Paul Young is painted on the walls. There’s a bar on the left and a hat stand with a couple of hats on it on the right. There’s a basement area where you can have breakfast in the morning. But the most important thing is the rooftop. Even people from Madrid itself come there for an afternoon drink and see the sky turn pink in the evening when they look out over the roofs of the city. Travellers can come in touch with locals there, but the The Hat is also organizing events on their rooftop. Like weddings. Or small concerts.
The rooms are all different. Ofcourse you will find bunk rooms (from 20 euro per night per person) with shared bathrooms in here, but I stayed in one of their double rooms. A spacious room with a view over one of the small streets that lead to Plaza Mayor. The bed is small, yet cozy. The internet works very good. And the rain shower is also a luxurious addition to this room (from 60 euro per night). The breakfast is included and is pretty good: I started the day with yoghurt and granola, two waffles and tea. That’s the VIP breakfast and you can be sure you aren’t hungry until it’s time for a menu del dia. Have fun in Madrid, the sunniest capital of Europe!
Check out: www.thehatmadrid.com