My partner and I stayed four nights at the Place in mid-October which is a great time to visit Madrid for cooler weather and smaller crowds. It presents a premier location for all of the tourist sites and is walking distance to most of the attractions as well as some very nice dinning.
I dislike paying for internet service but the hotel does provide free wi-fi in the lobby areas as well as free access to a very good business center with printing services for things like boarding passes and updated attraction hours and directions.
A very nice touch is the offer to deliver coffee without the customary room service charge once a day... fast and delicious!
Here is my beef for a hotel that has just finished renovations for the celebration of it's first 100 years. This hotel presents significant challenges for older people and those with disabilities. There are stairs and no ramp to get in the front door which frequently lacks a doorman. Next is a steep flight of stairs to get to the elevator access area after completing check-in. It was a frequent site to see people struggle with bags or a cain to pass through these areas.
A trip for more budget minded travelers: attached to the hotel and next to the Starbucks is an excellent connivence for snacks or a bottle of wine at a fraction of what you would spend in the hotel. It also has a very good restaurant attached to the store with excellent breakfast for less than 5 euro.
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- Built by order of King Alfonso XIII in 1912, The Westin Palace, Madrid was recently restored to its original splendor. Situated near the Prado museum, historic monuments and some of the best tapas restaurants in town, It is listed in the Condé Nast Traveler "Gold List 2010" as one of the best hotels in Spain. ... more less
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- Westin Madrid
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