The hotel is certainly well located. I’ve only stayed at Radisson Blu once or twice in other cities, and have overall found it to be a nice chain. Being in an old building, I almost expected old accommodations, but I was pleasantly surprised to find very modern ones. That said, the building IS pretty old, and the rooms are quite small, so noises travel easily. And yes, the room was certainly very small (with just enough space for the bed – which was admittedly very comfortable – and a couple of really tiny side tables). There was barely any natural light, and I’ll have to agree with Andy M. about their lack of attention to detail. For example: I was surprised to see they didn’t replace my body wash or shampoo once they’d ran out – I had to ask for new ones. I ordered breakfast in my room one day, and they forgot to include basics like butter and jam. The TV kept turning back to the “Home” channel every 5-10 minutes, for no apparent reason… that sort of thing, but nothing that would deter me from returning.
BTW, I disagree with the comment about rude staff – I actually found the people there to be among the nicest folks I’ve encountered in Spain (and I travel there several times per year). Also, the internet was free and very reliable (much better than the Hilton, where I usually stay). As for food, I had breakfast in my room one morning (see above comments); I also ate it downstairs on the second morning – good, but definitely overpriced – and skipped it on the third. Same thing with dinners: room service once (very few choices); and in-house restaurant once (during the night of the general strike, which kept me indoors for safety reasons). Not a wide menu either, but decent food – oh, and kudos to the waiter, who was working alone that night due to the strike and did a very good job taking care of everyone. All of this said, there are plenty of options nearby so, unless you’re on a tight schedule (or during “street-riots season”) you shouldn’t have any issues food-wise.
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