I stayed at Hotel Julia for 2 nights in July (10 to the 12), room 207.
I chose this hotel for its proximity to the venue of the meeting I was going to attend, for having free wifi access and for being, apparently the best value for money option in the area. It's a 2-star hotel, but luxury was not an issue considering that I was not going to spend a lot of time in the room.
The hotel sort of lived to expectations. The room was OK: decent size for one person, adequate storage, big window to the square in front, good compact curtains, free safe, good air conditioning system, nice bathroom with a good shower. Everything was nicely clean. Amenities included toothbrush and toothpaste, comb, soap; body and air gel available from a dispenser in the shower. Good soundproofing (didn't hear a sound from the neighbours). I found the bed small, both in lenght and width.
I thought the hotel and room's decoration was strange and of questionable taste, quite unexpected for a recent hotel.
Wifi is available in the whole facility and is fully open (no login data required). However, I didn't manage to connect during the first day, which was rather annoying. The receptionist didn't know what to do, even because her equipment was working fine. On the second day, however, I finally got connected, which means it was not a problem with my equipment either. Being essentially a business hotel I would expect wifi to be bullet proof.
Breakfast is provided at the cafeteria next door, to which purpose I had to get a voucher at the hotel's reception. This gives access to a "and/or" selection of coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice, croissant, donut, ham or cheese sandwiich. Not the abundance of a buffet but a good start to the day.
Staff is polite and friendly. Remember, in Spain a little bit of Spanish can change attitudes and does take you a long way.
The main drawback of the hotel is its location. There's very little or nothing around the hotel to have dinner or relaxing after work. Thus, the obvious destination would be city centre, which is around 35 - 45 minutes from the hotel (the Ciudad Lineal metro station is about 10 minutes walk).
So, in summary:
Things I thought they could improve:
- wifi must be 'bullet proof' in an essentially business hotel such as this;
Things I liked:
- great shower
- all the basic needs at a good price (I payed €59 per night B&B)
All in all, a good value for money option if your trip's purpose is "business only" at Ciudad Lineal. For me, I think it's a bit of a waste of time to go to Madrid and not take some time to enjoy this amazing city's life. So, would I stay here again? Well, if on business, I'll have to consider my meetings schedule and decide if I want to face the metro in the morning or in the evening. If I go for tourism, then I'll definitely choose another place.
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