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Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street performers, colorful lights, window shopping, restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a collection of plazas interconnected by a network of side streets. Some of these side streets are wide pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.
I'm writing this from my frigid room in early November.
I must admit, I wasn't that upset when I checked in. I mean, it's a hostel, so you can't expect amazing service or a super-posh room. What I would expect in November is HEAT IN...More
Absolutely disgusting and for what you are paying you have PLENTY of hostals in the same area. Wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Staff is neither friendly nor helpful.
Cuando lei los comentarios pensaba que la gente exageraba, al estar centrico decidi arriesgarme. Al dia siguiente...More
Worst hostel I stayed at in all of Europe. Terrible condition of room and facilities, terrible staff. Place deserves one star, solely on the premises of location. Even if you're not looking for anything nice. Do yourself a favor and do not stay here. There...More
We stayed at the Hostal Tijcal on the night of April 17, 2017 and, as before, it was special. Great location, very reasonable prices, good room and helpful staff. For me, as I've said in earlier reviews, this is the place to stay.
Based on the location, by Plaza Mayor, and the friendly staff this could be a great budget hotel. Regrettably it is so rundown and shabby that it turned into quite a disappointment.
We stayed in a private twin room for 6 nights in early December....More