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Hostal Residencia Don Diego
Ranked #313 of 438 Hotels in Madrid
Reviewed May 3, 2008

Excellent location. Very clean and comfortable. Customer very attentive. I recomend.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 30, 2007

Hotel is located on Velazquez in Barrio Salamanca. Very good location for business. If you stay here reserve a double at least the singles are unbearable, too small. I stayed here a few times during the past couple of years. In the winter it can be 75 degrees outside in Madrid, but they keep the heat on in the hotel.
They will not turn on the air conditioning. Hotel is average clean and has a cleanliness issue. They do a good business with older Spanish people from outside Madrid. The younger crowd goes to more updated hotels for about 30% less. The staff is not helpful. There is no security after 10 or 11 pm your on you re own.
The hotel is on the 5th floor of the building. Apartments and offices downstairs. The cable CNN etc rarely work at all. I haven t been back in a while after the cleaning got worse, TV didn t work, and air conditioning was turned off in winter. FOr 70-80 euros you get a good NH hotel around the corner and a good diverse business and tourist crowd. Don Diego is where the people in Madrid send their grandparents or inlaws they don t want to stay at their own houses. A geriatric ward on the weekend.

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 10, 2007

Time for an update on the Don Diego:
The Hotel is a simple Hostal (Hotel with few services) that had almost entirely Spanish families visting during semana Santa (Easter week). It was not crowded and very quiet during our one week stay. Our Triple Bedroom was very spacious and light, very clean and well insulated from the street noise below. The furniture was sparse and basic, but functional and not ugly; the beds of very good quality. Bathroom super clean and comfortable. There are many good dining and breakfast options in the neighborhood -- not a place for those seeking the nightlife, though. Overall, a good value for the self-sufficient tourist/family/culture lover.

  • Stayed: April 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 8, 2006

The DonDiego is in the great non-tourist area of Salamanca. Streets very safe and bustling with every age of Spaniard until late. Not a trace of the crowds of grungy tourists filling GranVia. The hotel was clean and very good value. However, the walls were the thinnest I have encountered in Spain. The room window was into an inner light shaft, which meant no traffic noise, but made the room dark. We were put on a smoking floor against our preference, but there was little offensive odour.

Nearby restaurant O'Caldino was a great slice of Spanish neighbourhood life with fine seafood and good house Rioja. Not a word of English and they don't know to speak slowly for the tourists, but if you don't want to try spanish, they do have a menu in pictures.

There is a wonderful market in the centre of the block to the west, which explains why there are few food shops in the area. Best cafes are a few blocks west, below Plaza Colon on Recoletos. And the hot chocolate at San Gines is the best ever.

Day trip to Toledo on AVE train. Very clean, fast and modern. Note that the AVE has its own ticket office in Atocha station. 13.6 euros return.

Had trouble with AeroCity in both directions. 40 minutes late getting in, so OK, no car waiting, but it took several calls and lots of telephone music to get through to them. Their car did come 15 minutes after getting a reply. Unmarked MPV. Going back we were on the street 15 minutes early, waited 30 minutes, called them and were told driver had already been. Promised pickup in 10 minutes. Waited 25, then caught a cab. Cab was 20.4 euros compared to 16 with Aerocity.

  • Stayed: May 2006
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Reviewed October 27, 2004

A good value for Madrid but try to avoid a room near the lobby (5th floor)--it's too loud and smoky.

Gound floor entry is currently being remodled so it's a bit of a mess--lobby area on 5th floor is nice enough though staff are behind glass partition and not as friendly as in other places we stayed in Spain. We only spoke Spanish with them so not sure how much English is spoken (if that's something you need).

The neighborhood felt safe and was less crowded than much of the city but there were few bakeries/coffee shops nearby and only one restaurant. You'd want to eat in another neighborhood before coming in for the night. It's a VERY upscale shopping district but if you can afford to shop there this hotel is probably not up to your standards.

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Reviewed August 29, 2004

My dad and I stayed here 3 nights in late August.In common with previous reviewers,I would recommend it for location,economical price,basic but very acceptable rooms, good bathrooms,pleasant and efficient staff.While we were here, the entrance was being refurbished,but the hotel, which is on the 5th floor, was quiet and clean,with decent air conditioning(very necessary!).The breakfasts looked fine,but we preferred to go to the nearby "Cafe-Te" on the corner of Velazquez/Goya,which was also open late for great iced tea after a hard day's sightseeing!If the nearby metro stations hadn't been temporarily closed it would have been perfect for transport (check August closures,especially restaurants!)
Would certainly stay at the Don Diego again,it boasts a more genteel and relaxed location than the city centre hotels,but is still within easy reach of everything.

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2  Thank cellista
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Reviewed March 2, 2004

Excellent small hotel. Scrupulously clean. Efficient staff. Comfortable bed, tv, air conditioning, modest price. Highly recommended!

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Address: Calle Velazquez 45, 28001 Madrid, Spain
Location: Spain > Community of Madrid > Madrid > Barrio de Salamanca
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Wheelchair access
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Ranked #313 of 438 Hotels in Madrid
Price Range: $86 - $252 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hostal Residencia Don Diego 3*
Number of rooms: 58
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hostal Residencia Don Diego, Madrid Would you like to stay in one of the most exclusive districts in central Madrid? The rooms of the Hostal Residencia Don Diego are situated in the Salamanca District, a stone's throw from the city's centre for tourism and important shopping streets, such as Goya or Serrano, on Madrid's famous "golden mile". Whether you're travelling for business or pleasure, the 3 star Hostal Residencia Don Diego is the perfect accommodation option for enjoying Madrid at an affordable price. We have single, double and triple rooms in the Salamanca District, equipped with all the latest facilities. Services at the Hostel: Multilingual reception (Spanish, English and French). 24H reception with tourist information, car hire, excursions, bureau de change, wake-up calls... Private medical care. External dry cleaning service. Check-in and check-out: 12:00 midday. Public car park at the door to the hostel. Room measuring 90 metres squared with panoramic TV showing sporting events, decorated with large sofas and windows which overlook C/ Velazquez. Cafe situated in the foyer (only serving breakfast). Breakfast is served from 7.30Am to 11.00Am. Free Wi-Fi in the hostel's lounge. Travel cot for children under 2, upon request. ... more   less 
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