It is a 'standard' type Holiday Inn so you get the typical amenities like a safe and comfortable bed and pillows. And coffee and tea in the room.
The hotel is in an office park so a bit barren but great if you work there (as I was) so you can walk very quickly to work. It is nice and quiet which is a bonus.
Restaurant facilities are quite limited and sometimes there isn't a chef around. The menu is actually the room service one so don't stay more than about five days or you'll have been through it completely. Breakfast is good and there's hot food as well as the traditional continental ham and cheese.
On my last night I went around the area and there are quite a few restaurants just a block or two up towards the west. This is a residential part of Las Tablas so obviously the people living there have to eat. I went to the Victoria Bar in Calle de Isobel Colbrand and the tapas were good.
There is a Metro station about ten minutes walk from the hotel and it takes about 30 minutes to get into Sol with two changes (the first one is on the same line, Linea 10, which is a bit weird) so that's not bad. I got a combinado ticket for EUR18.30 for ten trips which worked out at about £1.50 each - not bad to get from Las Tablas to Sol or Plaza d'Espana as one viaje. The RENFE station at Fuencarral is about 20 mins walk so maybe a bit of a strain unless the shuttle takes you there. It is apparently a lot quicker into town, though. I never bothered as the Metro was fine.
If I could give a single word to describe my negatives on this hotel it would be 'sporadic':
1. The aircon can be sporadic and not always cooling as much as you need. Mind you, you can open the windows to cool things down a bit at night. The problem is compounded by the need to switch on the electrics by putting your room key card (or other card, I eventually found) into a slot. This is really irritating when you return to the room after a day's working and find it's hot as the aircon wasn't on. Why can't they supply a second card to allow the thing to run all day?
2. Shower is also sporadic - water pressure rises and falls, and despite the thermostatic control you can get frozen and then scalded in a moment. This is really irritating.
3. Wifi - albeit free - can be sporadic. During the day it can be fine but in the evenings when everybody comes back from work or tourism the bandwidth just isn't enough and you can sometimes actually not get any feed at all.
4. The shuttle is also sporadic as it only works during the week so if you don't have a car it can be quite bad. There are taxis but they're quite expensive.
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