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“Great hotel in the middle of Madrid's old town” 4 of 5 stars
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Posada del Dragon (Madrid)
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Cava Baja 14, 28005 Madrid, Spain (La Latina)   |  
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Ranked #30 of 456 Hotels in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Great hotel in the middle of Madrid's old town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

This boutique hotel is brilliantly placed to explore the old town (La Latina) and many attractions are within walking distance. Casa Baja is full of bars and restaurants but we weren't disturbed by any noise in our room.
The room we had was a little small, really just a bed with nowhere really to chill and spend any time - but the shower room and toilet were a good size and very modern.
We paid about 200 euros for three nights, and used it as a base to sleep, wash and change only. But then Madrid has so much to offer, do you really need a lot of space when you are out all the time?

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Birmingham
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

If you hate modern, soulless hotels and fancy something far more intimate and quirky then I strongly recommend you to this hotel. There's plenty of restaurants and bars nearby, and even if like me you are on business, a quick visit to the Palace or Prado is within easy reach. The staff are fantastic, couldn't have been more helpful, my room was spotless and very comfortable. Will stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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seattle
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109 reviews 109 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

In a nutshell we really enjoyed the Posada del Dragon. It was a very good stay and we would definitely return. The staff members at the desk were welcoming and helpful. They offered us a complementary drink on check in, accommodated my room preference, showed us to our room and took care of our few requests like a wake up call. The room was not exceptionally spacious but was certainly adequately sized, efficiently designed, extremely clean, comfortable, and still reasonably new (It appears to have only opened in mid 2011). We had a quiet stay, got good sleep and were not disturbed by the other guests. Finally the hotel is in an outstanding location with easy access to eating, drinking and convenient access to all of the center of Madrid.

We have been to Madrid maybe five times now and love the city. We always spend at least one night eating and drinking on Calle Cava Baja -- one of our favorite nightlife areas in Madrid -- so we were excited to find that Posada del Dragon had opened on the street. It is a great location. The hotel is only .2 miles or about 300m to Plaza Mayor and the superlative Mercado San Miguel. La Latina and Tirso de Molia metro stops are about the same distance as is the top of the Rastro. The palace, Plaza Oriente, Puerta del Sol, Conventa de las Decalzes Reales, C.Arenal, Chocalateria S.Gines and bars and restaurants of P.Santa Ana are a half a mile or about 900m. If you are reasonably fit and like to walk, the Reina Sofia is about a mile or 1.6km and takes only about 20 minutes or so. The Prado, Caixa Forum and bars and tapas of the Huertas/C.Jesus area are all about a mile as well.

The hotel itself is low rise, only four floors. There are a limited number (maybe 9) rooms facing the street that have small balconies. However the hotel is built around an open air interior courtyard/patio. I want to say that this is a corrala but I am a little rusty on the architectural terms. In any event all rooms open to the courtyard and get a bit of natural light.

We had asked for a higher floor and quiet location and were given a room on the top floor towards the back. We were surprised to find that our room had not only floor to ceiling windows (with blinds) facing the courtyard but also had a small window that provided no views but did provide some additional light. The room was long and narrow but had appealing modern decor, a small desk, a flat panel television with decent cable, a step up led to a sink, open closet and shelves, mini bar, safe and toilet and shower. This whole area is glassed in which makes the room appear a bit larger and in fact saves the room required to frame in those areas. Frosted doors provide adequate privacy in the shower and toilet. You should be aware that in a kind of naughty twist the glass wall separating the shower from the bedroom area is frosted at bottom and clear at top so a person in the bedroom can partly see your companion in the shower. The decor of each room is different and there are a couple different room configurations. You may want to ask to see a few.

I was a bit concerned about sound from the open courtyard (including sound I feared might come up from the bar or from people returning to rooms -- even on other floors) particularly with the several windows and narrowness of the room but we weren't bothered by noise at all during our stay. We didn't hear people in the adjoining rooms or outside of the door. We did get a bit of light in around the edges of the blinds at night due to lights outside of the rooms but it was not enough to bother us.

The hotel has a nice looking restaurant as well as an attractive bar (where the reception is).

A few minor things.

There was a bit of a trouble with our shower. There is a diverter that you have to pull up to switch the water flow from the rain shower head to removable hand held shower head. This popped off as soon as we tried to use it and we could not determine how to replace it. The water can also get very very hot.

The air conditioning was useful, even in mid October, but I felt that I had a hard time keeping a comfortable temperature. The room uses the system where you have to insert the room key for lights etc. I cannot recall now whether the a/c ran if your room key is not inserted.

Breakfast is not included in the rate and although they have a very nice spread, for 12 Eur. you would be better off getting a more focused breakfast up at Mercado San Miguel, Chocolateria San Gines, or a slice of tortilla at a local bar/cafe. We did not take breakfast at the hotel.

There is also, as just about everyone has mentioned, poor wi-fi in the rooms. Some leisure travelers may not ever need or want to use wifi but there are many others who do. To me it is not a question of keeping up with emails or social media. It is about finding an address, checking directions, looking at listings for current exhibitions, booking restaurants, checking into a flight, etc. You can go down to the bar where there is a good signal but they really should invest in some additional routers or boosters to provide a signal that is usable in the rooms.

Room Tip: Ask to see a couple. There are different room layouts and each room has different decor. Our room...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fairfax, Virginia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

So hard to summarize this hotel... We stayed in 2 rooms, one was a balcony and the other was an interior. Such mixed feelings about this one. I would give this hotel a 3.5 if I could. The location is FABULOUS. So much charm and stellar restaurants everywhere. The beds were comfortable in both rooms, but the balcony bed was larger. If you like something really unique and artsy, then this place is for you. If you like practicality and privacy, look elsewhere. The towel hooks are nowhere near the shower and everything is frosted glass and there are no separate bathrooms per se. It's part of the bedroom. I didn't care for that aspect. Water pressure is great. The staff were really great. The restaurant is overpriced for what you get, but the food was good. We only ate dinner there once because there are so many charming restaurants. Love the fact that there are underground ruins that you can see (through glass) from the floors of the restaurants on this street. The Wifi was really spotty on the second floor and very frustrating for us. We had to go to the bar downstairs to use it sometimes and didn't like that. I don't regret having stayed there, but wouldn't choose to stay there again.

Room Tip: If you're a light sleeper then choose an interior/non-balcony room.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We spent two nights here at the start of a three-week trip to Spain, and the Dragon was one of my favorite hotels from the trip. The shower alone is the largest I've had in Europe -- 4 feet by 6 feet, no kidding! -- and while decor is quirky -- we entered our room through a short hall that included the sink and went past the water closet and shower -- and of course the room is small, it is both light and bright with the French doors opened, and quiet and sleepable with the interior shutters closed. We also had great service: the tapas are excellent, the wine list short but good, and the front desk staff friendly even in spite of our terrible Spanish. (They speak English of course.) Very clean, we had a Moorish motif headboard with hidden lighting that made it look cool, and the rain shower head was lovely in the huge shower. La Latina, the neighborhood, is filled with fun nooks and crannies, and the Mercado de San Sebastian has more food and drink than you're likely to see in a while, all of it good. The Dragon is 2-3 blocks from the La Latina metro, making this a great location for exploring Madrid or just a fun neighborhood to visit. I would make a point of staying here again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This is a hotel with real character on a very Spanish street.

each room is unique and to a particular period in Madrids history.

The hotel is on Cava Baja which is Madrids Tapas street so you wont be short of a place to eat also the hotel serves both Tapas and regular meals.

The hotel feels more like your home than a hotel and i really started to feel like i lived there and with those amazingly comfortable beds i think i do want to live there.

The rooms are quite small and the toilet/shower are quite open so you really get 'close' to the person you are sharing with.

in all a great hotel in a great spot and wouldnt hesitate in recommending it to anyone.

Room Tip: a room with a balcony is a must
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

We stayed two nights. We had a third floor corner room. It was small, but we didn't plan on spending much time in the room. We would have preferred windows that open and a balcony, but once we got upstairs, we just settled for this room. No one showed up to our room and we didn't get a welcome drink. I wouldn't eat or drink at this hotel restaurant - the staff is unfriendly and unhelpful. We are pushy and don't expect immediate service, but we waited over 20 minutes for a drink (and it wasn't busy) and the staff was just rude.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Cava Baja 14, 28005 Madrid, Spain
Location: Spain > Community of Madrid > Madrid > La Latina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#21 Luxury Hotel in Madrid
#26 Business Hotel in Madrid
#34 Romantic Hotel in Madrid
#117 Family Hotel in Madrid
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Posada del Dragon (Madrid) 4*
Number of rooms: 27
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