Guided by Tripadvisor, I booked one night here for a stopover on my way elsewhere, and liked it so much I booked for my return as well. It is indeed very central and has a nice inexpensive flair to it; each room is a bit distinct (at least the wallpaper) and I recognized numerous accessories (glasses, mirrors, ironing board, toothbrush holder, etc.) from Ikea. The staff were very friendly, fluent in English and generally quite helpful. My first room directly overlooked the plaza which was overrun in the evening with the clacking of skateboarders, but the noise (at least on a weeknight) died down and the night was quiet.
The location is indeed a little tricky but I had no problem spotting the signs on the building and finding my way to the second (third?) floor. Wifi was not super-strong but quite adequate. The hotel breakfast consists of packaged muffins and vending machines; it's true that there are not a lot of early morning places open but it was easy to go out and find other things.
Central Madrid is very walkable (with a good map) and Gala is close to lots of lively spots and tourist stops. It is about a 20-30 minute walk to the Prado and the other big art museums, but I'd rather stay at Gala again than find something closer.
Having never stayed elsewhere in Madrid I can't offer much of a comparison, and it seems to have lots of these single-floor hostals (I saw one building with four different hostals on different floors). But Hostal Gala certainly offered good service and style for the price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A unique experience awaits you in the heart of Madrid. Everything in Hostel Gala has been totally refurbished and designed in detail to provide modern design, comfort and simplicity. You can enjoy your stay with all the shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs around. Everything you would expect to find in Madrid, just a stone’s throw away from your hostel. Our friendly staff is always here for you to give you all the information you need and to make your stay as pleasant as possible. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hostal Gala Hotel Madrid