Our hotel was perfectly located on the bustling Calle de la Cava Baja - Madrid's main tapas street. The posada is a converted 19th Century coaching inn with a contemporary design aesthetic. Our spacious twin was minimalistic and its chic and sexy design had a playful edge: oversized lampshades, hand painted walls, a blissful rain forest shower, all in white, hidden behind a mirrored door; the wash hand basin was conveniently located in the room which is great for two guys getting ready for a night on the town.
The rooms open onto a rustic atrium. The bar was buzzing with Madrilenos feasting on tapas. It specialises in Spanish wines with an emphasis on those from the region around Madrid. Il Cad and I savoured local vermouth and tortilla before beginning our tapas crawl.
For less than 10 euros, the breakfast includes fresh-squeezed juices, glazed croissants, fruit, manchego and cured meats, and a wide selection of crusty artisan bread. The dining room has a glass floor displaying the ancient walls of La Latina and random bottles of wine, which only added to the charm.
The lads behind reception offer a personal service and for less than £88 per night, this cheek posada offered oustanding value. In short, designer chic whilst retaining its historic charm and in a great location less than five minutes from the Plaza Major and the foodie paradise of the Mercado de St Miguel.