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“Terribly noisy with poor breakfast”
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Hotel Sterling
Ranked #258 of 436 Hotels in Madrid
bruxelles
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42 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Terribly noisy with poor breakfast”
Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

My room was on the backside of the hotel (# 310) very small, dark and noisy. It was clean but that was not enough to compensate my disappointment. The breakfast was awfully poor, everything, the bread, the salami, the cheese, the coffee. Everything tasted plastic. I don't know how can a decent looking hotel serve such terrible breakfast.

Stayed September 2013
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed September 14, 2013

Chose Hotel Sterling as needed a central location for a 3 day city break .Found it very convenient for short walk to 2 metros ,Puerta del Sol etc. Our room a family room was spacious with a balcony ,Our son's a double,was smaller and darker ,so would recommend asking for a balcony room .

Rooms very clean and well maintained ,contemporary style .Breakfast was fine ,a bit limited but OK for a few days. The Hotel staff were good .full of advice although be warned the Reina Sofia [where you can see Guernica ]is free from 7-9pm as advised by the hotel ,but it is shut on Tuesdays as we found out .
Overall it was a very pleasant stay and suited our purpose well.

Room Tip: The double room was a bit dark with a courtyard 'view' so if you want a bit more space ask f...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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NJ
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed August 27, 2013

I spent a lot of time looking into different accommodations in Madrid. We were only going to be there for 2 nights with only 1 full day to enjoy the city. I wanted a good location, reasonable rates, was hoping for a balcony and some sort of view and a decent room knowing that European rooms were smaller than what you find in most US cities.

My emails to Hotel Sterling for some reason never went through, but I was able to communicate with them through private messages on Facebook. Javier was wonderful and answered all my questions. He was able to confirm that he had a top floor with balcony room available for 3 people (also not an easy thing to find in Madrid and at a reasonable rate)

Hotel Sterling did not disappoint. It is located right off of Gran Via and very easy to get to by Metro. The front desk was very helpful and showed us where to go and gave us plenty of maps to make good use of our short stay. The room was small like most European hotels, but was perfect and not a problem for 3 people. The beds were comfortable and the room was clean and well furnished. There is a stand outside the closet for your luggage and a safe in the closet for valuables. The bathroom was quite roomy, with a tub shower. We also had a terrace that was almost as big as the room, equipped with a table and chairs. Javier had even left us a complimentary bottle of wine.

The included breakfast was your typical Spanish breakfast and was perfect for our needs.

I see others have mentioned an iPad, maybe you have to ask for that, we never saw one. I made the right choice in staying here. I would recommend Hotel Sterling and I would stay again.

Room Tip: Request if a room on the top floor with a terrace is available. I believe there are only 4, but if y...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Huetor Tajar, Spain
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed August 18, 2013

The point is that at first sight you can feel like in a superior hotel with really good inside areas in the main hall and in the rooms (LCD tv's, safe, fridge..) but then you realize that there are little details and things that make it not so good, improvements are not the only thing a hotel needs to gain our best marks.
The first thing was that we could get to the room from 12:00 (according with our reservation) and finally, after a tiring journey, we were allowed to enter to the room after 14:00, so we had to leave our luggage there and keep walking by the surrounding areas in order to wait to our rooms.

The reception staff were not so kind or friendly as we are use to, and didn't attend our request for a better room that we made in the reservation 35 days before and at the moment as we got the keys. The night staff guy was quite kind however, he gave us an extra pillow as soon as he could (and he had to do this 'cause his partners didn't remember to do it when we requested it 8 hours before).

The problem with the room was that the entire wall of the room is exposed to the people movement area, the lifts and the stairs so every person talking, shouting, crying , laughing etc.. can disturb your sleep or resting hours. Even your intimacy. We think that in this part fo the hotel shouldn't be placed any room (106). We asked for a better room and the recepcion girl said that this wouldn't be a problem but we never got it.
The room itself was quit good, it is not common to find safe, frigde, a/c, just improved rooms and a fruit basket in a 3 stars hotel. The bed was a bit old and the mattress needed a change, the mattress base had wheels (the first time I see this, I don't know if the rest of the mattress bases are the same.) The tub tap had a bit problem and the main light needed to be replaced but these things are little maintainance tasks.

We had the breakfast included in our reservation and as we could check before in Tripadvisor was a bit dissapointing, because of the lack of variety mainly. You can eat well, you are not going to be hungry after breakfast but don't expect many different dishes, a couple of cereals, sliced and whole fruit, cocoa, milk, water, coffee and a couple of juicies. A couple of pastries and white bread you can fill with 4 or 5 kind of cold meat. Not bad in any case and the staff didn't hurry us in any moment though we kept there relaxed and talking for a while.

The location as you can see is very good if you want to know the city center, there are many cinemas and theaters near, museums are not so far away neither. Good choice if you want to walk by this area.

Room Tip: It is essential to require a room far away from the people movement areas near stairs and elevators.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed July 8, 2013

Stayed here last year. Beautiful quaint 3 star in a great location in Madrid.
The IPad at checkin was an unexpected and wonderful touch.. we really Loved our time here. Staff were great and only good memories!!! Rooms were clean and for what you're getting this was a grea tplace...

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Megeve, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed June 27, 2013

It is easy to walk to cultural places or shopping. Our room was very quiet for the 5 days we stayed. Breakfast is good. The staff is pleasant and efficient. TV was bad, only few unstabelized channels, may be just needs to be adjusted ? Another negative point: the crumpled sheets. In spite of this,
I will go back again there and recommand this hotel. Excellent quality-price.

Room Tip: I will wish a room away from the 2 lifts and I will avoid a room giving on San Bernado street !
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed June 19, 2013

My second time in Madrid, there for only 1 night. Great service, great accommodating staff who are very helpful and knowledgeable, patient and courteous.
The room was great, very spacious (even with 3 separate beds!) and extremely clean.
Central location, with Metro station just few steps away. Very close to shopping and sightseeing venues.

Great hotel for a good price! Will definitely go back there again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Hotel Sterling
Address: Calle San Bernardo 29-31, 28015 Madrid, Spain (Formerly Hotel Alexandra)
Location: Spain > Community of Madrid > Madrid > Malasana
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Airport Transportation
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Ranked #258 of 436 Hotels in Madrid
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Sterling 3*
Number of rooms: 69
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