Knowing the city very well, I deliberately booked this guesthouse on calle San Bernardo because the area is fine to return to at night for a solo female. However, the place which I was actually staying was 10-15 minutes' walk away in the middle of the red light district. I didn't mind this too much, but the only staff member who ever came to the flat I stayed in, in which I was the only guest, did not speak any Spanish or English. The rooms look NOTHING like the ones on the photographs - my double room was incredibly small (I had to put my suitcase on the bed even when I was sleeping because there was no room for it) and without any windows, which was unfortunate as I had booked a room with a balcony, planning on spending a lot of time in my room for business. All the other rooms in the flat were empty, despite being much larger and nicer with sinks and one with a balcony. I don't know why they put me in the worst room, and for my second night there I asked to change to another room (one which the cleaner normally used for siestas during her working hours). The kitchen wasn't particularly clean and the wifi didn't work, which I needed for work. Worst of all, there was a cockroach infestation - I began to see more and more of them in the kitchen (including in the fridge), and finally found one in my bed, which was when I left. I had originally booked for 5 nights but left after two. Not recommendable. There are plenty of others which are much better for the same price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set within 200 metres of Noviciado and Santo Domingo Metro Stations, Babel Guesthouse offers free Wi-Fi and a 24-hour reception. It features a shared kitchen and shared bathroom facilities. Each room at Babel Guesthouse has simple, bright decor and some rooms open onto a small French balcony. All accommodation has a flat-screen TV and a fridge. There is a wide selection of cafes, bars and restaurants in the streets surrounding the Babel. The lively Plaza del Sol Square can be reached in 10 minutes by foot, while the nearby Chueca district is a 5-minute Metro journey away. Sights such as the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums are within 2 km of the guest house. Atocha Railway Station can be reached in 15 minutes by Metro. Madrid City Centre is a great choice for travellers interested in cocktails, street musicians and shopping for antiques. ... more less
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