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Mad Hostel
Calle de la Cabeza, 24, 28012 Madrid, Spain (Centro)   |  
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Ranked #77 of 353 Specialty Lodging in Madrid
Dublin Ireland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Mad to stay there”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013 via mobile

There are better hostels than this - the staff seem to treat it as their chance to pull guests and my sister was on the end of unwanted attention from one of the dudes - rooms are tiny, clean but uncomfortably small

Terrace a nice touch but when we were there is was full of drunk Australians telling everyone how they had just 'done' Europe

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

I loved this hostel. I met some real cool chicas that ended up being my travel companions for my entire stay in Madrid. The employees were friendly and showed us around as often as they could. There was a bar in the lobby and cheap sangria! Computers were mostly always available and there was free breakfast included. It wasn't too decadent, but it was free so I can't complain.

Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Island of Malta, Malta
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

I liked staying at this hostel. It was clean and quite central. Close to a metro therefore close to most attractions. Staff are friendly although not all since people at reception change all the time. The room is quite small but thats normal for a 6 bed room. Lockers are not that small so a hand luggage would fit comfortably. The only problem I had was with unlocking the the door to our room. Breakfast is included.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bangkok, Thailand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Mad hostel is basically like its name 'mad'. The hostel atmosphere could depend on how you view it. It could be as mad as you want (as they organise parties regularly) At Mad hostel, you'll find all sorts of activities you want. I went on free city walking tour and pub crawl (which is the best!) they co-organised it with the cats hostel and other hostels nearby! So it's a great chance to meet new people from all around.

The toilet is very clean and there you'll find that everything is very organised. They have a rooftop with a bar which you can go up and chill on the top. (the bar is quite a reasonably price, compared to other bars in Madrid)

The pub crawl is mad but was one of my favourite! Definitely returning back to Mad hostel again.

P.s. The door is very hard to open!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Loved the place. Great location, great room but pretty poor service.
My friend and I stayed here in July 2013, great weather. The markets just down the road on a sunday are incredible and it was really close to walk to everything. The roof top bar wasnt really much fun at night but a great place to relax during the day and sunbake (meybe they could invest in some sun lounges?) This place tended to attract very cool people from all over, we made some great friends there. We opted for a private room which was wonderfully decorated, not the cmfiest beds and it was very noisy all night due to the street below but we thoroughly enjoyed the room and would suggest people to opt for this if they prefer a bit more space!

The people working on the front desk however couldnt be less helpful. When we checked in we were told we had to wait as the room was not ready, even though it was after the advertised check in time. The gentleman seemed more interested in his phone than adressing us each time we went to ask a question. Addionally when we asked for some help in booking some train tickets as the website would not work on our phone and was entirely in Spanish (my spanish is basic at best) he made me feel like i had asked him to run a marathon carrying me on his back. Had the computers been working at the time we would have happily done this ourselves but instead he insisted on making it as difficult as possible.

The breakfast is very average also, id recommend getting something else and paying for it or getting soem supplies and keeping them in the kitchen.

Also, would suggest them investing in a knife for the kicthen. A basic necessity of a hostel i would think, but alas, we were left to using a spoon to prepare our meals.

All in all definitely a place to stay but i suggest they work on employing people at the front desk who actually want to be there (I know the irish cleaner would have loved to be working on the front desk and done a really great job of it, rather than washing the floors, which were impecable).

Room Tip: Get the private twin room, up the top next to the roof terrace!!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

I admittedly did not have a great time here, but I don't think it was as terrible a place as its rating suggests. A lot depends on whether or not you are rooming with decent people. This hostel, and its sister hostel, have reputations as party hostels, so yes, a lot of people who stay here have come to party. But the hostel does have some good points that might make it worth staying at:

- Good location. Close to the Metro, easy walking distance to La Reina Sofia, botanical gardens, Prado, nightlife, etc.
- Free and/or organized activities with its sister hostel
- Good security, big lockers in the rooms
- Laundry facilities
- Decent free breakfast, that is pretty sparsely attended since everyone stays out so late
- Good wifi connection throughout the hostel
- Clean rooms, clean bathrooms

The negatives:
- The rooms are small, with little ventilation. I was in the 6-bed mixed dorm, and with 5 people in it, the air was rather thick in the morning, even if the window was open. BUT I noticed that our dorm (which was in the corner) had a much smaller window compared to the other rooms along the corridor, and I think those are 4-bed dorms. So it might be fine if you're willing to pay a bit more for those rooms
- Drunken roommates/guests. There's a lot of them, no denying it. And there's only one overhead light in the room, which they'll likely turn on when they stumble back in at 6am.
- Shower stalls are small, and the only hooks for your stuff are outside the door, including the hook for a towel.

Anyway, if I was coming with a group of 3 or 5 friends, I would totally book a 4 or 6-bed dorm here. As a solo traveller who was rooming with 4 drunkards, this was not a good stay, but I do think the hostel has enough good points to merit a decent review. Just depends on who you end up sharing a room with, which may or may not be in your control.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Willmar, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

The room was nice and had space to walk around. Good location, can walk to most anywhere.
Breakfast a little slim, I like yogert and granola.
Great person who did the tour of Madrid. Learned alot and he kept my attention. I'd stay there again.

Room Tip: We were on the third floor, it was quiet and stairs weren't bad. The key thing for the main door...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Address: Calle de la Cabeza, 24, 28012 Madrid, Spain
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Location: Spain > Community of Madrid > Madrid > Centro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #77 of 353 Specialty Lodging in Madrid
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 34
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