We chose the Villa Real because my husband and I were traveling to Spain with our 20 year old daughter and they seemed to have a good configuration of rooms for the three of us. It turned out really well for us and we liked the hotel (and staff) very much. It may not work for everyone though--I will explain.
The room was a downstairs living area with a full bathroom. The sofa downstairs pulls out into a bed (where our daughter slept) but when the sofa is pulled out, there is very little other space to sit down in. There is a spiral staircase to an upstairs bedroom/bathroom that is charming, but a little difficult to bring luggage up and down from. The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom was modern and large. Again, there was not a separate place to sit when the bed downstairs was unfolded and no where to sit but the bed in the upstairs bedroom (not really a problem for us because we were only in the room when we were ready to sleep anyway). The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful and recommended a nice restaurant around the corner that we liked a lot (Rincon de Esteban). The location was fantastic--just across from the Westin Palace, overlooking the fountain of Neptune, very close to the Prado and walking distance from the Puerta del Sol and the Plaza Mayor. We walked everywhere. They also gave us a certificate for two glasses of champagne at the attached hotel restaurant and we went there--it's a lovely restaurant and we enjoyed that too. I agree with the comment of another reviewer that the Palacio Real is incredible and a "don't miss" to visit (we did the audiotour and it was excellent). We would stay at the Villa Real again for sure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Villa Real is a five-star hotel in the centre of Madrid, located in the Plaza de las Cortes, right in front of the Spanish Congress of Deputies and just a few minutes on foot away from Puerta del Sol. It is a unique location for exploring the sites of 'Madrid de los Austrias' on foot and enjoying the museum triangle formed by the Museo del Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Queen Sofia Foundation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Real Hotel Madrid