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Pension Arcos

Calle de la Salud #13, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Pension Arcos
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Kirksville, Missouri
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

This Pensión is only a few minutes walk from the center of Madrid and the center of Spain and is run by a nice couple that have owned the property for decades. The rooms are quiet and come with free wifi. The entire place smells like fish, but it is not too bad; comes with the territory. My single room... More 

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boston Ma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012

The other reviews are accurate-simple rooms, sweet people. Great location and great price. Learn a little Spanish and you're good to go if your expectations are reasonable. At this price and location don't expect luxury, but you can count on warmth.

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Los Angeles, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

We stayed at Pension Arcos for 2 nights, with no advance reservations. For 40 euros, we got 2 beds and a bathroom off the balcony. The room is comfortable, though not spotlessly clean (we noticed a toothpick on the bathroom floor that wasn't removed during our stay). The couple that runs the place is nice, but as mentioned by others,... More 

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Vancouver
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

We just returned from staying in Madrid for three nights. We found Pension Arcos recommended on the another major travel advisor system. They charged a low 40 Euros per night, for a balcony view room overlooking Plaza del Carmen, a short walk away from Plaza del Sol, and lots of action. Even the major museums and parks were well within... More 

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Asheville, NC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

This place had its pluses and minuses.My husband and I were traveling with our twin girls, age 10, and we wanted accommodations near some key sites (e.g., the Prado) that were quiet and comfortable but not expensive. We found that at Pension Arcos, a five-bedroom apartment on the fifth floor of a secure building with an elevator. We had the... More 

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Chicago, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2012

My husband and I stayed at Pension Arcos in December 2011. The accommodation is a room (which includes a bathroom) in the home of an elderly couple. The couple speaks no english, so it is best if you know spanish. My husband speaks spanish so he did all the communicating. The only way to reserve a room is to call... More 

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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012

My wife and I really enjoyed our stay here. We stayed for several nights at the end of our trip. It was an excellent place to soak up the Madrileño vibe and bustle from the fifth floor balcony. Having exhausted much money from traveling in Andalusia, Tangier, and Barcelona, we found Pension Arcos to be a very reasonable price for... More 

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White Plains, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2011

We booked the hostel for three nights and told the couple to expect us to arrive at night, but due to transit issues we did not arrive until the next morning. The man was grumpy about it, repeatedly telling me that he waited all night for us, but we paid him for that night and everything was better. They're actually... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2011

Sabino and Anuncia were excellent inn keepers. They don't speak English but if you know the basics you will do fine. 40.00 euros was cheap and perfect location. Just 5 minutes away from Puerta del Sol. We walked everywhere, was a great exercise. They keep the rooms clean. We got the room with the balcony and was awesome; every night... More 

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Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2010

This is not the place for anyone who wants a modern hotel, but is excellent for anyone whose primary needs are for clean, safe, cheap and great location. There is no online booking - you must book by phone in Spanish.

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Centro
Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street performers, colorful lights, window shopping, restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a collection of plazas interconnected by a network of side streets. Some of these side streets are wide pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.
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