Lonely Planet Writer

Will Spaniards pay for their siestas? Spain’s first “nap bar” in Madrid hopes so

One of the traditions we particularly associate with Spain is that of the midday siesta, the short nap taken in the early afternoon, often after the midday meal. A new centre called Siesta & Go has opened in Nuevos Ministerios, Madrid, which offers a place for people to go to embrace the siesta period in exchange for a fee, and it hopes that locals and visitors will avail of it.

Siesta and Go hopes to become a refuge for those seeking a quiet place to rest, read or take a siesta.
Siesta & Go hopes to become a refuge for those seeking a quiet place to rest, read or take a siesta. Image by Siesta & Go

Inspired by similar sleep services in Japan, Belgium and Argentina, Siesta & Go hopes to become a refuge for those seeking a quiet place to rest, read or take a nap. It offers both private and shared rooms, where you have a number of options to unwind. You can take a nap in the bed, relax in an armchair with a footrest, read the paper or a book and connect to the internet. The centre also offers coffee, newspapers, slippers and nightshirts .

Siesta & Go hopes to become a refuge for those seeking a quiet place to rest, read or take a siesta.
Siesta & Go hopes to become a refuge for those seeking a quiet place to rest, read or take a siesta. Image by Siesta & Go

For those worried about hygiene, the centre has daily professional cleaning and an industrial laundry service, and each client has their own set of sheets and single-use blankets. According to the website, you can pay by the minute or buy an hour in a private room for €12-14 or €240 for 1200 minutes. A bunk bed costs €8-10 per hour or €160 for 1200 minutes, and monthly promotions and cheaper bonus options are also offered.

Siesta and Go hopes to become a refuge for those seeking a quiet place to rest, read or take a siesta.
Siesta & Go hopes to become a refuge for those seeking a quiet place to rest, read or take a siesta. Image by Siesta & Go

While you can pre-book, you can also just walk in off the street and avail of one of the 19 available beds. You don’t need to worry about oversleeping though, as employees gently wake the customer up at the agreed time. According to Siesta & Go, the siesta is considered to be one of those small pleasures of life in Spain, and is recommended for its health benefits. It says that giving a brief rest to the brain is a positive thing, because it increases the ability to solve problems, stimulating creativity, imagination and intuition.

 Siesta and Go hopes to become a refuge for those seeking a quiet place to rest, read,or take a siesta.
Siesta & Go hopes to become a refuge for those seeking a quiet place to rest, read,or take a siesta. Image by Siesta & Go

According to its website, napping relieves tension, is good for maintaining beauty, and helps us to stay positive by fighting anxiety and stress. If you’re in the area and want to check it out for yourself, visit Siesta & Go’s website or Facebook page for further information.