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Hostal El Pilar

2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   C/Carretas, 13 (junto a la Puerta del Sol), 28012 Madrid, Spain
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Ranked #66 of 341 Specialty lodging in Madrid
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Weinfelden, Switzerland
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Quebec City, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013 via mobile

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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56 reviews 56 reviews
32 hotel reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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Warszawa, Polska
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

I think that was the best choice for staying for few days in Madrid. Well priced stay for three people. The room was 4 beds with bathroom with windows to Carretas - the street leading to Plaza del Sol. You have to walk not more than 50 meters to reach the Plaza. To see Madrid we used Metro only twice.... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Having lived in Madrid during college, I can say that coming back to visit and staying at El Pilar was a solid choice. The hostel is very easy to find once you get out of the metro and is close to all the sights in Plaza del Sol and nearby. Retiro, the museums and Atoche Renfe are all walkable with... More

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8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

With a great location, very near of Puerta del Sol, and with a low price the expectations were not so high confirmed by the so so aspect of the reception. However, the staff was very polite and useful, the rooms, although little, were immaculate clean, with TV and wireless, and not noisy at all. A great place to stay at... More

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Genoa, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

the best feature of this hostal is the location, it is in plaza del sol, in the heart of Madrid. but it also offers clean and nice rooms, we were 4 girls and they gave us a big room with tv, free wifi connection. the service is good, they change papers and clean the room everyday and the reception is... More

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DeLand, Florida
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40 reviews 40 reviews
5 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012 via mobile

More like a hotel really! Rooms cleaned daily, new towels daily. The room was very clean, air conditioned, and we even had our own little balcony! The hostel is in a great location, just steps from Puerta del Sol and it's metro station! If you are a light sleeper be sure to ask for an inside room. The city never... More

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Chennai (Madras), India
19 reviews 19 reviews
13 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

The best feature of El Pilar is its location. You get out and you are a few steps away from Puerta Del Sol and the Sol Metro station. The room we stayed in (three of us) was just the right size - not small, not big - since we just used it primarily to sleep at night. There was sufficient... More

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Address: C/Carretas, 13 (junto a la Puerta del Sol), 28012 Madrid, Spain
Location: Spain > Community of Madrid > Madrid
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostal El Pilar 2*
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