I really liked this place. It was clean, bright and airy with a nice kitchen and a balcony overlooking the street. The supermarket (downstairs in El Cortes Ingles) was at the end of the street, and Sol was just round the corner. The guy who checked us in kindly showed us some places to go on the map and made us very welcome.
Having a kitchen was a real bonus - most local eateries served churros and tapas which gets a bit much after a few days, especially if you're used to a plainer diet. It was also nice not to have to vacate the room for cleaning after those late Spanish nights! We paid about the same as we would for a hotel room, and I was pretty pleased.
A word of caution: I will echo what other reviewers have said about the bathroom being small, and the room being really noisy (we could hear both a lot of noise from the street and from other people in the building). We were in the Executive Apartment in the Annexe which was a short walk away and up some narrow stairs. If you had mobility problems or a lot of luggage, or needed to be up for work, it would have been pretty awful! However, for two people travelling light and eager to explore the city on foot, it was OK.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located 80 metres from Madrid's Puerta del Sol Square and Metro Station, Apartments Arenal are set on a charming pedestrian street. These bright apartments, studios and rooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi.All accommodation at the Arenal is modern and air conditioned, with parquet floors and soundproofed windows. Seating areas come with a flat-screen TV. Apartments and studios also feature either a kitchen or kitchenette with an oven, electric hob and microwave.The Arenal complex has a tour desk, where staff can provide information about what to do in Madrid. Calle Mayor, 50 metres from the Arenal Apartments, has many shops, restaurants and bars.The apartments are less than 700 metres from Madrid’s Royal Palace and Plaza Mayor Square. Sights such as the Prado Museum and Retiro Park can be reached in 10 minutes by Metro. ... more less
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