We had a great stay at this hotel. The building was very nice, some of the reviews here say it "needs updating" but I loved the classic style of it. Also the hall always smelled like it had just been cleaned. Staff was quite friendly and everything was very clean.
We took the pink Metro line 8 at the airport* to the last stop (Nuevos Ministerios) and then got on the blue line 10 there and got off at stop Plaza d'España. From there it was just a short walk to the hotel. At Plaza d'Espana you could take the yellow line 3 and blue line 10, and also line 2 but for that you had to walk quite a way underground.
*Look out because there are two stops at the airport: there's "Aeropuerto T1-T2-T3", which is where you have to get on/off if you come from that part of the airport (I think those are for national flights), but you get on/off at "Aeropuerto T4" if you come from T4 (we came from Belgium and that was our stop, so I guess that's just international flights). "Aeropuerto T4" is line 8's final stop, so if you have to get off there, that's very easy, you just stay on the Metro until the last stop.
Also, when you go back from the hotel to the airport, you can't just get out of the Metro and in the airport; you have to buy a new ticket at the vending machines upstairs from the Metro at the airport. It's because they ask a 1 euro fee per person if you want to go to the airport with the Metro.
We had breakfast at the hotel. This was a nice buffet, not extremely large but good. We asked them where we could go have dinner and they told us we could to to Càscaras, which was very close to the hotel. We had dinner there on the last evening and it was great, so that was a really good tip. You could also have food brought up to your room, like a hamburger, pizza or pasta (there was a "menu" on the table in our room). I never did this so I don't know if it's good, but the price was OK so I guess it's worth a try :)
As I said before, it was clean and nice. We got shampoo/conditioner and shower/bath gel in the bathroom and there were clean towels every day (even though this wasn't necessary) and a hairdryer in the bathroom. There were no shower caps, so bring your own if you need one. In the bedroom there was a small table and a comfy chair, a desk with chair, and a TV. Our beds were comfortable and extra cushions and blankets were in the closet. Our closet was in the hallway and had a safe and a minibar. Everything in the minibar costs 3,5 euros, which I thought was quite expensive, so it's cheaper to go to the lobby and buy food or drinks at the vending machine since it's much cheaper there.
The hotel is close to the Plaza d'España and you can take a walk to the Palazo Real from there.
The only thing I didn't like was that the room was very hot when we just arrived, it felt like the heating was on but it wasn't. But that got better when we turned the "heating" on and put it on 10°, when the colder air started blowing into our room it got a lot more agreeable.
Overal, great hotel!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mercure Madrid Plaza de España is a cosy hotel in the heart of Madrid with an elegant and refined atmosphere unique in the city. The hotel combines the French art de vivre and Spanish food and entertainment with its modern design. Our rooms are comfortable and luxurious, our cuisine is delectable and the technology we provide is cutting-edge. Need anything more? Just ask our excellent staff! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mercure Madrid Plaza De Espana Hotel Madrid
- Sofitel Madrid
- Accor Madrid Plaza De Espana
- Madrid Sofitel