After leaving it a little late to book accomodation in Madrid in March 2007, I ended up phoning every hostel I could find in my Lonely Planet or online and was told each time "Sorry, we are full those dates!" I couldn't believe it when the woman on the other end of the line at the Hostal Alcazar Regis said that she had a triple room available! She had a very abrupt manner about her and no matter how many times I typed the hostel name into a search engine online, I couldn't find a singel review or photo. Still, it was the only place in our budget that had rooms, so I figured I better book it!
The hostel is located on Gran Via, an enormous street full of pensiones, hotels and hostels. It is a lovely old building and the hostel itself is located up high in the building and has lots of period features in the main entrance hall. Rooms are located off this hall and our room had an ensuite bathroom (very small but very useful!) so I assume other rooms had them too.
The room was small but clean and had enough room for the 3 beds and a desk, the ensuite bathroom and floor space, so it was fine. We also had a large window looking out over Gran Via, which was nice.
The owner can come across as a little scary, but she was incredibly helpful any time we asked for directions or advice about getting around Madrid.
A taxi from the airport was just 22 euros, which was handy as we got in quite late.
Metro stations are located nearby, as are theatres, restaurants and the large 'Plaza de Espana' square.
I would definitely recommend this hostel as I found it convenient, safe and enjoyable.
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