Speaking to Irma (the proprietress) on New Year's Eve, we learned of her vision for Lapepa when she started about a year or so ago: a simple place - somewhere she herself would like to stay - in the nicest part of town. Having recently spent three nights at this small, kooky bed and breakfast, my husband and I can say without reservation that Irma's vision is now a very tangible reality.
In a nutshell: fantastic, fantastic location; clean and comfortable rooms; and should I ever find myself in Madrid again, I would look no further for a place to stay!
The greatest thing about Lapepa is its location. My husband and I knew, prior to arrival, that Atocha Station was nearby, but what we didn't know was how close Lapepa was to all of Madrid's sights! The Plazas Santa Ana and Mayor, and the gastronomic-haven of Mercado de San Miguel are, at most, a twenty-minute walk. The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza is literally just around the corner and the Museo del Prado is five minutes on foot; the Reina Sofia is about fifteen minutes' walking. The beautiful Parque del Retiro is about ten minutes' walk. Lapepa is also very close to the lovely Huertas neighbourhood and the Chueca neighbourhood (which I understand is very hip/trendy, but which I did not have the opportunity to experience due to the New Year!).
We stayed in one of the 'panoramic rooms'. I will be honest: there wasn't terribly much by way of 'panorama' since all we could see were the Westin across the road (grand, though it was), and, to the left, the cross-junction, at the end of which sat the Museo del Prado and The Ritz (both buildings one could just about see). However, waking up to the rooftops of Madrid - or, indeed, the Westin and a few other surrounding buildings! - is a pleasant experience and I personally do not regret the extra euros spent. The room itself was clean, of a good size and decorated in a minimalist manner. The bathroom is essentially a corner of the room partitioned by a glass wall and sliding door. I note that an earlier guest has commented on the size of the shower - I am a very small person, and even I found myself limiting my movements whilst showering. Perhaps this is the only true criticism that I have of the room.
The best thing about the room is its proximity to the breakfast area. Sure, one may have to put up with a bit more noise than one would like, but being somewhat dependent on tea, it was wonderful to be able to just waddle across to make a cuppa (Twinings, if you're wondering).
Breakfast (7:30 - 11:30 a.m.) were simple, almost homely, affairs, with the usual suspects: bread (very good), butter, preserves, cold meats and cheese, tea and coffee. I loved the decor of the breakfast area, and would have lingered there for hours had I not had Madrid to see. It seems that breakfasts on Sunday are to be had in the Faborit café on the ground floor. (Guests receive a voucher for fresh fruit juice, a pastry and tea/coffee/chocolate.)
We enjoyed our stay at Lapepa - it is a real find and we would recommend it to anyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opened last september 2011, lapepa chic b&b in Madrid is one of the best affordableaccommodations in Madrid. We are located in the centre of Madrid and we have paid close attention to each and every detail to create a comfortable atmosphere for our guests at interesting rates.Both rooms and common areas of our Madrid Bed & Breakfast have been designed bearing in mind not only their external aspect but also functionality. All of our Madrid holiday accommodations provide a quality resting space, and therefore offer a powerful shower, excellent bedding and 100% cotton bed linen (bed sheets and towels). Lighting and air conditioning/heating, which are managed independently from each room, complete the comfort atmosphere offered by Lapepa chic b&b ... more less
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