Madrid is one of the most exciting cities in Spain, and as such it is visited by millions of people each year. Visitors from all over the world arrive to visit Spanish capital and to get the glimpse of local tradition and culture.
Having in mind that we have been specializing in apartment renting in Madrid, we have years of experience to helps us providing helpful tips and advice on how to rent an apartment in Madrid, which is why we have decided to compile a list of things to know that will help with apartment hunting in Madrid.
Browse online an apartment in Madrid
Before you even consider booking a flight and buying a ticket, you need to start looking for an apartment in Madrid. Even though it might seem unnecessary to start with apartment hunt first, it usually is, especially during the peak season, which is between May and October, and any time of the year during public holidays. Most people choose particularly this period to visit the city, hence this is the peak season, and if you are one of those wishing to visit the city in that period, make sure you start browsing online well in advance.
Take advantage of websites for booking apartment online, as this way you will be sure that the accommodation is waiting for you, and that you will not end up apartment hunting once you arrive, taking all of your luggage with you as you walk around the city, trying to find a place to rent. The internet is a great tool to use when looking for an apartment, as you can manage everything from the comfort of your own home. This gives you enough time for browsing and selecting accommodation that really suits your needs and your budget.
Research an apartment in Madrid
Start by determining where you want to rent an apartment. Madrid is a huge metropolitan city and it might be overwhelming when you first try to determine the part of the city you want to stay in. Use your computer and take advantage of tools such as Google Maps, and explore the area. Besides amenities that are nearby, focus on how that particular area is connected to the airport. Being a traveler, these two criteria are probably high up on your list of priorities when you look for an apartment to rent.
Landscape of the central area in Madrid
Make a checklist
Although nearby amenities and connection to the airport are important, people have many different demands when renting apartments, which is perfectly common and something we are used to at Apartamentos Madrid. However, we do suggest creating a checklist to keep everything and make sure you end up with an apartment that truly fulfills your needs and requirements.
When we talk about checklists and requirements, here are a couple of things that should come to your mind:
- The size of the apartment
- The number of rooms
- Safe in the apartment
- Hair drier
- Completely furnished kitchen
- Table for ironing
- Garage (if you are traveling by car)
These are some of the most popular requirements we have highlighted throughout the years of experience in working with travelers from all over the world. However, each travel and every traveler is different, so we always suggest everyone to create their own list of things they want and need to have when renting an apartment. That is the main benefit of serviced apartments in Madrid, you are more flexible when choosing and you have more opportunities when it comes to specific requirements. This is why this type of accommodation is recommended for families with children. Additionally, having a checklist helps with speeding up the process and making sure you spend your vacation in Madrid in an apartment that you will love.
Join online groups
Using the Internet as a resource is a great way to prepare for your trip to Madrid. Besides using it to do the research and explore the city through virtual maps, you could also start learning some basic Spanish phrases, that will turn out to be very useful when strolling around the city. In addition, online groups are very useful source of information related to many different aspects of staying in Madrid. Starting from learning about your rights as a tenant in Madrid, to finding out about the best places to eat in the center of the city, you can find almost everything you need to know before you head to Madrid. Being well-informed is a great plus when traveling in general, especially when it comes to long-term stay in a city such as Madrid. Learning about the city and city life is also helpful when looking for a way to rent an apartment in Madrid, regardless if you are considering short-term or long-term stay in Madrid.
The best way to use the power of the Internet in this purpose is to join online groups on social media, or to join travel forums. You could also check out review websites, to find the best places to visit, the best restaurants and cafes. User reviews and comments are great source of information, as you get to read about someone else’s experience, and learn how things go in real life. People can share their knowledge about the public transport, prices, etc.
If we talk about international travelers, it is helpful to join online groups where you can meet a lot of people from your own country or city. This way you can compare things between the two countries or between the two cultures, which makes traveling so much more interesting and exciting.
Have an open mind
Even though you have your checklist ready and you know exactly what type of apartment you want to rent, you should always have an open mind. While you might have everything planned and figured out, the reality might be different from what you have expected. You might need to compromise and sacrifice certain things and necessities from the apartment, if the location is very convenient to you. On the other hand, you might choose an apartment that is a bit away from the city center, but the interior is just the way you imaged, plus the price works really well for you due to a limited budget.
Regardless the reasons, try to be think realistically and keep an open mind, so that you are able to find the apartment that suits you. Make sure you consult your travel companions as well, as they might have a different say in all of this, and their requirements might not match yours in every single aspect.
Choose a credible renter
There are a lot of renters in Madrid. Some are companies, while some are individuals, but they all want to reach you and many other travelers who are visiting the city. The main goal for all of the renters is to rent their accommodation, but you should have in mind that not all renters are equal. You should not think that you could go for any accommodation and that you can expect your experience to be perfect.
What all respectable renters in Madrid are trying to achieve is reputation. With years of being in this industry, we know how good name is important for travelers when making a decision where to rent an apartment in Madrid. Having positive reviews and good feedback from the travelers in the past has helped us tremendously when reaching out new travelers, and this is why a lot of travelers trust us when it comes to finding great accommodation in Madrid.
This is very important aspect to have in mind, as you want your vacation to goes smoothly, and worrying about the accommodation should not be on the list of your things to do once you arrive to Madrid. Instead, you should take care of everything online, or by calling the accommodation provider via phone, so that you have accommodation waiting for you when you arrive.
Although as a traveler, you need to go through this process of making a checklist, doing research and finding credible renter, you should not delay the decision-making process too much. What does this mean? Well, the peak season in Madrid is known to be sort of a rush hour. While there are a lot of accommodation opportunities around the city, as this still is a popular tourist destination, when you find that perfect accommodation you should book it immediately, as chances are you will not find quite the same accommodation again.
Also, due to a large number of tourists in the city during the peak season, the selection of accommodation can be rather limited, especially if you were hoping to book accommodation last minute, and you have not considered booking a couple of weeks in advance. The added stress to this situation might be caused by the fact that you have fixed dates when you have to leave, or if you have already purchased plane tickets for the specific dates. In this case, you will have to be very resourceful and use the power of Internet to explore all of the options that are available. You will probably have to be more flexible and to make compromises when choosing an apartment to rent, as you might not have too many apartments available to choose from.
And once you find that apartment that would be a great fit, contact the owner as soon as possible, in order to make sure no one beats you to it.
Since apartments provide so many benefits for travelers, they are becoming increasingly popular when it comes to selection of types of accommodation, but as you can see there is a certain process one must go through when trying to find and book an apartment in Madrid. What you need to have in mind is the fact that you want to spend your vacation enjoying visiting the city and exploring its landmarks, so make sure you arrange everything related to your accommodation before you arrive. Besides the dates of arrival and departure, this should also include the time for check-in and check-out, as these sometimes can be more flexible to fit your schedule.