I stayed here based on recommendation from a relative who had stayed here before. I had a single room and stayed for 5 nights.
This hotel is awesome, great price for what it offers. My single room is clean and of a decent size. It even has a full-size bed (rather than small twin bed I'm used to in single rooms). Bathroom is modern but shower stall only. It has high ceiling which makes the room feels more spacious.
I was a bit concerned when I booked my room because it was listed as "Single Smoking Room." But when I arrived, I realized the hotel now is completely smoke-free (they probably haven't changed their website) and I didn't detect any smell of cigarette smoke in my room.
There is an in-room safe, however, you have to rent a "part" from the front desk for €1,20/night in order to get the safe to work. For such a small fee, why don't they just give it for free?
There is a computer terminal in the lobby for internet access for a fee. But one can get on the net for free at the nearby tourist office at Plaza Mayor (you'll have to go early to avoid waiting in line).
I had breakfast there 3 times. Breakfast is €7,50 and I think it's a fair price. The spread includes cold cuts, breads, fruits, cheese, tomatoes, cereals, yogurt, hot food (scrambled eggs and bacon), juices, tea/coffee.
My room faces the inner "courtyard". It is very dark because it's on the first floor. There is no noise to speak of except for hallway noise when other guests walk by.
I have met at least 5 front desk people during my stay. Every single one of them is young and very friendly/helpful. They are always smiling. Even the lady who is responsible for breakfast buffet is smiling every morning I see her. Julia, who mans the desk from 3p-11p, made a dinner reservation at Casa Lucio for me by calling the restaurant many times (the line stayed busy for a while). Julia is quite a hoot.
The location of the hotel is great. Within easy walking distance to the Royal Palace and to Plaza Santa Ana, and to Cava Baja. I'm pretty sure it's an easy stroll to the museums but I took the Metro instead. 3 Metro lines stop at Sol, including Line 1 which goes to Atocha and Chamartin train stations. The only challenge was going to the airport as it involves changing twice.
If you are arriving the hotel via the Metro Sol station, you'll need to exit via the "C/Mayor" exit. When you come up the stairs, you'll face a building in front of you. What you want is going down the street (c/Mayor) on the left side of the building, then cross the street and take the first Left (c/Esparteros). It is a small incline up and the hotel is right in front of you.
If you are at Plaza Mayor and forgot which direction the hotel is (from too much wine and beer), just look at the statue in the middle of the Plaza. Follow the direction of the R hand of the statue and that's where the hotel is (this helped me a few times when I got disoriented in Plaza Mayor).
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay there, and being there for 5 nights is quite a long time. I think €60 is a bargain to be in central Madrid. I would definitely stay there again in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our Hotel opened its doors in 1997, in 2007 the hotel was reformed and extended its rooms until the present 33 rooms and our Palomar Suite.We offer all the advantages of careful and personal. Our personnel will serve as aid offering you all the information that you need during your visit, person to person.We are an excellent election for the independent traveller who’s looking to discover the traditional flavour of Madrid in a different and calm way. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Plaza Mayor Hotel
- Plaza Mayor Madrid