I think this will be one of the best hotels in Madrid soon. I say "will be" because the hotel was opened last October, and you still smell the new paint in the room. I think it will be gone by the end of the summer. I don't know why odourless water based paints do not become the industry standard, also for wood; they are as durable. This is especially important in hotels, because they tend to keep the windows of all unused rooms tightly closed for hygiene reasons. Anyway, this is not a problem specific to this hotel, but common to all new hotels, sometimes even to older ones with bad material (paint, varnish, or carpet) selection.
Staying in the room, it was also not an option to leave the windows open for ventilation at night, because it is quite noisy outside. There are a few rooms at the interior courtyard or under the roof, but balcony to one of the most joyful squares in Madrid is what contributes to the charm of staying here, so I would recommend a room with a balcony, in spite of all.
The location is just marvelous! Most museums are within minutes; many good restaurants, tapas bars are in the surrounding. One of the best live music clubs next door, the other just next block straight ahead.
The superior room at the corner was comfortably spacious, the standard rooms also reasonably wide; all with a simple but beautiful elegance. We had no major complaints about cleanliness, but I must say the cleaning lady was far too hasty as if pressed for time; this is especially a handicap as the dark wood floors show every particle of dust. The rest of the staff was very professional as experienced in most NH hotels.
The breakfast was excellent, not giving a feeling of abundance, but of quality and good choice.
When we return to Madrid, I don’t think we would bother to look for another hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic 19th century palace located in Madrid's Las Letras district, the NH Collection Palacio de Tepa is surrounded by history and romance. Just a five-minute walk away, the famous Plaza Mayor and next to Plaza Santa Ana enchant tourists and locals alike. ... more less
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