The country that gave the world the siesta is taking midday sleep to a whole new level. At Siesta & Go, Madrid’s first nap bar, patrons craving R&R can book space to take a snooze break before going back to their busy lives.
Siesta & Go is Spain’s first centre dedicated solely to slumber. Guests can book space by the minute or by the hour, or just walk in and see if any of the 19 beds are available. Siesta & Go offers both private and shared rooms, as well as cosy armchairs and workspace if you need to catch up on emails. A private room will set you back around US$15 per hour, while the cheapest option, a top bunk in a shared room, runs about US$9.
Like a hotel, the nap bar also offers amenities. There are newspapers, slippers, earplugs, nightshirts, and Wi-Fi, as well as coffee (which seems at odds with the sleep theme, but who are we to question the experts?). All bedding and clothing is single-use and professionally cleaned between patrons.
“It’s funny that we’re known for the siesta, but we haven’t been professional about it,” said Maria Estrella Jorro De Inza, the nap bar’s 32-year-old founder, to Bloomberg. “We get a lot of men in suits who just want to relax and women wanting to take their heels off. Lunch break is the busiest time.”
Madrid isn’t the first city to experiment with sleep-focused establishments. Airports around the world are increasingly adding dedicated nap zones to their offerings, and capitals like London and Tokyo have tested concepts similar to Siesta & Go. In fact, it was Japan’s capsule hotels and nap cafes that initially inspired De Inza to bring the idea to Spain.
Siesta & Go, which opened in May, is proving to be an ideal place to recover from a red eye or recharge between bouts of sightseeing and tapas. Should you find yourself in Madrid, here’s where you can book a bed for some afternoon Zzzz…