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Mad Hostel

Calle de la Cabeza, 24, 28012 Madrid, Spain
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was backpacking Europe with 6 of my girl friends, this place was in a great location even though the street a little "off the beaten path" when first approached. Staff was friendly, the rooms had everything we needed but we had to take turns who could be standing in the room all at once to get dressed/store our stuff... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I stayed here with a friend on a three day visit to Madrid in May 2015. I agree with a few of the other reviews that the locking system was difficult to work with after a few too many sangrias but im more than willing to overlook that due to the atmosphere in the hostel and the quality of the... More 

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Manager L, Manager at Mad Hostel, responded to this review

Hi there! Is great to read that you had such a fantastic time here in Madrid with us. We will pass all your kind comments to Julio, Waseem and John :) More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The bunks here are atrocious. I was on the top bunk in a 6 person room and when climbing up the bed shook so much I thought it would collapse. Everytime the person on the bottom bunk moved the entire need shook, and same happened when I moved. Very unstable and unsafe. There is no lock on the washroom door... More 

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Manager L, Manager at Mad Hostel, responded to this review

Hello, I will ask our maintenance team to check that bunk bed. In regards to the locks in the washroom I'm not sure what do you mean as we have locks in every shower and in every wc. Apart from that we are glad to see that you had a good time and enjoyed the party with us ! :) More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had a room with bathroom inside. The bathroom is too small. The room itself is quite small too and there were too hot at night. Staff is very frendly. Good location (not far from metro and train station).

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Manager L, Manager at Mad Hostel, responded to this review

Hello, we have air conditioned in al our rroms free of charge, did you ask at reception to be switched on? More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Havent been on a hostel for a while, and went to this one on my recent visit, staff was very friendly, helpful and nice with us. The place was clean, conveniently located near everything(bars, restaurants) Beds where comfortable. I have seen lots of guest struggling with the electric key system they have, it took me around 5 minutes to get... More 

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Manager L, Manager at Mad Hostel, responded to this review

Hello, sorry to read that you struggle a bit with our door system, is so safe that sometimes can be a bit tricky, but our staff is always happy to help you. In regards to the 200 eur per night on the weekend you must have look at the wrong hostel ( there is another one with a very similar... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I am a lone female traveller from South Africa, doing some backpacking and I spent the last 2 nights at this hostel. It's the first time I've stayed in a foreign hostel and I'm very glad this was the hostel I chose! Very friendly front staff, clean airy rooms and bathrooms, bright and cheerful decor and a simple but satisfying... More 

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Manager L, Manager at Mad Hostel, responded to this review

Hello, Lovely to hear you enjoyed your holidays in Madrid. We are here to welcome you any time you come back to Madrid :) More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Very close to Madrid city centre, everything was in a short walking distance. There was a small kitchen that guests could use. The common room was a great place to meet other guests; furthermore there were 2 computers with Internet we could use for up to 20 minutes. During breakfast in the common room I met an American guy and... More 

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Manager L, Manager at Mad Hostel, responded to this review

Hi there, nice to hear that you had a good time in Madrid, in our hostel and you made friends. See you soon! :) More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Very helpful crew! Even when I tried get to wrong room, I locked there my suitcase and was complaining that magnetic card doesn't work, they were patient and ready to help! International people, great company to talk, cheap, clean, like at home. Very near to metro station. Big + for included breakfast! Wi Fi. The only problem are magentic cards.... More 

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Manager L, Manager at Mad Hostel, responded to this review

Hello, the key to open your locker and the door is so safe that sometime is a bit tricky to use, but do not hesitate to contact our reception and they will help you as many times as required. Best regards Mad Hostel. More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

My first time looking for a hostel I was worried about hygiene, staff and the rooms etc due to certain stigmas the name 'hostel' carries with it. However after staying at MAD Hostel this perception for me changed drastically. Rooms and showers are very clean, there are lots of showers/toilets/sinks so no need to worry about waiting. The staff were... More 

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Manager L, Manager at Mad Hostel, responded to this review

Hi there, Is great to hear that after staying with us you changed your expectations about hostels :) Is very important for us that our guest have a great time, therefore all our departments work together to ensure it. We hope to see again one day! More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

we were here in May 2014 in a private twin room. the hostel was very noisy. it wasn't in the centre of town but not in a bad location. nice rooftop bar and area to relax in the evening. reasonably priced.

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Manager L, Manager at Mad Hostel, responded to this review

Hello, sorry to hear that you found that it was noisy, did you speak with our receptionist about this issue? Apart form that, I can see that you enjoyed our cool rooftop and cosy living room :). Regards Mad Hostel More 

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