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Affordable lodging in Spain

We are going in October for a few weeks and lodging is more expensive than I thought. Can one find decent places in the $150 a night range? Madrid, Sevilla, and Lisbon (Portugal).
Thanx.

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Use booking.com’s price filter to see what is available, then book directly with the hotel.
H10 hotels are a Spanish chain which could be in your price range.

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What is we--couple, family?
I always start with Booking.com, especially because they have both hotels and rentals.

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Prices should be lower away from the main tourist area. In Madrid for example the budget friendly SLEEP’N Atocha 2 star hotel by the Reina Sofía for a few days in October was about $150 a night.
Crisol Via Castellana, a 4 star hotel near Chamartín train station, for the same dates was $121 a night. It’s about a 15 minute metro ride from the Puerta Del Sol, but well within your price range.

I selected those hotels as examples because I’ve stayed at both. You simply need to spend some time researching what’s available.

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Prices in those cities are probably a bit higher than the rest of Spain or Portugal, but I have been under $150 in each of those cities, with maybe Madrid being the toughest. On the trip I am on right now, I am averaging about $106 a night, but of your list, only Lisbon is included.

Look at Booking.com, I use it almost exclusively, always find a decent place...but my "decent" may be a dump for you.

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It’s just my wife and I. Will start looking at booking.com

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The IBIS budget hotels are good value. I've stayed in a couple of their hotels in Madrid.
Also, check the rates for different dates. It's possible there is a high demand special event in town for the dates you are looking for.

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AirBnB for us.
What works for us.
Go to TripAdvisor and search for restaurants in that city. The map will show where they are concentrated .
Now we know where to search for AirBnBs.

For us, one of the questions to ask a prospective host is: how many steps up from the street (if no elevator).
While we can do 97 steps (Lisboa), we prefer fewer.

An important feature for us is: washer in unit. we travel very light on our 3.5 week trips.

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Air BnB are popping up with good reviews. Is there a preferred neighborhood? We like walking and small shops, restaurants, cafes, markets, parks. Not planning on the big museums.

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We stayed at Hotel Europa in Madrid. Nice hotel, good central location, reasonable price.

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EC’s comment reminded me that there are some conferences in Madrid approximately 18-25 October, so prices are higher than normal in the historic area. The price at the hotel we’re staying at in Madrid in late October is 80% higher than when we stayed at it in June 2022 and September 2023.