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.
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