Our room was on the second floor, looking out over the main road. There was a fair amount of traffic noise but we were so jetlagged we slept through it. In the summer, I think there will be a lot of noise from the outdoor tables of the pub right next door, so bear that in mind when choosing a room. The suite itself was wonderful - two bedrooms and a living room with a full kitchen. Both rooms had king size beds and the sheet and pillows were good - much higher quality than we'd have expected. The beds were very comfortable. The bathroom was well appointed, with a shower over a bath - good water pressure and plenty of hot water - and double sinks. Big flat screen tv in the living room (and in the bedrooms). We loved having plenty of space to spread out, especially knowing that we had some traditional hotel rooms coming up during the rest of our trip.
Breakfast was good - meats, bread, coffee cake, croissants, fruit and sweet little cups of fruit salad, yoghurt and cereal. More than enough to eat a substantial breakfast with a little variation each morning. The self serve coffee machine made excellent coffee and there was a thermos of hot milk to make cafe con leche. The dining room was on the top floor with a terrace and a great view (too cold to sit outside while we were there though).
The hotel is in an ideal location, easy walking distance to the Prado, the Reina Sofia Museum, Retiro Park, and the Plaza Mayor. It felt very safe and quiet, just round the corner from a very upscale neighborhood full of designer shops.
One note if arriving by taxi: the hotel name is not easily seen from the road and our taxi driver drove past it (even though we were all looking out for it). He turned off the meter while we did a big loop on a one way system to get back to it. If you look for the James Joyce Pub, you can't miss it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Alcala street between Puerta de Alacala and Plaza Cibeles, next to Parquedel Retiro and just a few steps from the art museums of the Golden Triangle (Museo del Prado, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and Museo Reina Sofia). Within walking distance to Puerta del Sol and Teatro Real.Luxury Suites offers 18 one and two-bedroom apartments ideal for short, mid and long-term stays, the size of which varies from 65 sqm to 135 sqm including a duplex and connecting apartments.All completely restored with contemporary design and allthe comfort of a home away from home.All Double bedrooms with king size bed or twin beds, one or two bathrooms with Molton Brown amenities, fully equipped kitchen, living room/dining room with sofa-bed. ... more less
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