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Hostal El Pilar

C/Carretas, 13 (junto a la Puerta del Sol), 28012 Madrid, Spain
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Hostal El Pilar
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Ranked #84 of 366 Specialty Lodging in Madrid
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
Matheus M Niteroi, RJ
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    5 of 5 stars
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Niteroi, RJ
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hostel is located right behind Puerta del Sol, so you can't possibly find a hostel with a better location. The rooms are small, but clean. The staff is always very helpful. Overall, it's good value for money if you are only staying for a few days. Tip: ask for a room away from the reception desk. My room was... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hostal El Pilar is located steps from Puerta del Sol, KM0 of Spain. It is a stroll away from all the other major tourist attractions of Madrid. The best thing is that you have private rooms with en-suite bathroom. The only inconvenience is that the rooms are very small and the lighting on the hallway sometimes does not work. The... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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32 reviews 32 reviews
27 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Hostal El Pilar is an inexpensive budget hotel that is conveniently located right smack in the heart of Madrid. It is near essential Madrid tourist sights like the Gran Via, Mercado San Miguel, Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol. There are also plenty of shopping choices and eateries nearby. The Sol Metro Station is only a short walk away and... More 

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Kinderdijk, The Netherlands
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54 reviews 54 reviews
21 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This hostel was advised by a colleague - who also works for Travel Counsellors. Other customers had stayed there and gave a positive review of the hostel. And so do I. The name 'Hostal' can easily be changed into 'Hotel': you have your private room with private bathroom, air-conditioning in the room and daily housekeeping service (new towels, bed redone)... More 

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Located in central madrid at a perfect location. We only stayed one night and had an early flight but the value for the location and for what you pay is fantastic. Everything can be seen by foot, plenty of restaurants around. Only annoyance was the receptionist did not make a mention of breakfast on check in. We didn't care as... More 

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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

very good location for those who want to visit Madrid , located very ,very near Puerta del Sol is easy to walk for many places of interest , in a very dynamic area is a clean and quiet hotel with nice people at the front desk . the location is very good also for the connection with airport .

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Weinfelden, Switzerland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

I stayed at the Hostal for 4 nights...it is right next to the Puerta del Sol incl. Metro Stadion. I would recommend to buy a Tourist ticket for the Metro at the Airport. i bought one for 5 days for 26Euro..you can go with that ticket all over Madrid incl. the Airport (great value). It is the best and cheap... More 

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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

My mother and I stayed at Hostal El Pilar for 5 nights in September-October and it was a really great value for the money. They charge ONLY 55 Euros for a double room and it couldn't be in a better place, 2 minutes walking from la Puerta del Sol. You can visit everything by foot and it's a very pleasant... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Seriously this is the best and cheap hostel if u wanna stay in the central of Madrid! This hostel located very near from Metro Sol, Plaza Sol also if u wanna go to Plaza Mayor it'll take u about 10-15 minutes walking. The staff are very friendly, good wifi coverage, and if u are shopaholic, this hostel located very strategic... More 

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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44 hotel reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

El Pilar is one of those diamonds in the rough. It is right on Plaza Del Sol. It has beautiful, clean, safe rooms. And the building is old and has enormous character and "history". You really feel like you've been to old Spain when you stay here. The party outside rages all night long. And you are literally just steps... More 

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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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