One of the coolest places I've stayed in...would definitely return (not necessarily with kids). It has loads of character--mixing its age with some funky contemporary styling. There were a few young guys running the front desk / bar / restaurant during the day. We were offered a free drink each on check in...and gladly obliged with mojitos. On the walk to our room one of them explained the history of the place--which is written into the interior court face of each floor. They advised us on things to do--even calling Las Tablas to make our reservation for Flamenco (which was good BTW) and offering to help with other places. The center of the hotel is open to the sky...but it's barely noticeable from the restaurant on the first floor below unless you look up because the center feels pretty enclosed.
The room itself was an off-beat but cool décor--antique folding doors to the balcony, a kooky textured paint job, antique style phone, and Ikea-like furnishings. It had more power outlets than many places I have visited in Europe...including 2 on each side of the bed. We had a tiny balcony overlooking a Spanish rooftop and a church tower as well as the people moving between restaurants and bars below. With only the shutters closed there was a constant aroma of awesome food. At night we found that the balcony doors did a good job of buffering the street noise...which we closed after some random singing and the trash trucks came about on the first night.
Only complaint was that the safe was not secured to anything...you literally could slide it off the shelf and carry it away (I know that would be conspicuous but usually they are bolted down). We did run out of hot water in the shower on the second day but it only happened once...good water pressure and heat otherwise.
We only ate here for lunch one day...which was very good. Restaurante Botin (the oldest restaurant in the world?) is right up the street and was a good eating experience I review separately.
Location is more than "near transportation" or some particular attraction. It is at the edge of both the La Latina tapas bar / restaurant corridor AND the old Centro quarter...an easy walk to Plaza Mayor. There is enough foot traffic below to feel energy but not crowded. Well lit and safe after dark. Multiple metro stops in several directions.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique Hotel & Bar in the city centre in Madrid. The Posada del Dragon was built as a local barn. Its name comes from the mythical dragon that guarded over the area of “Puerta Cerrada”. And in 1868 was converted as a guesthouse by the Marques de Cubas. The story tells that traders, handsome swordsmen and loyal squires were accommodated here. It is also located in one of the most popular areas in Madrid city called 'La Latina'. Posada del Dragon is situated only 100 metres from Plaza Mayor and 700 metres from Puerta del Sol. Only 1500 metres away you can find Prado Museum, Thyssen Bornemisza Museum and Reina Sofia Museum. Almudena´s Cathedral, Royal Palace and Plaza de Oriente are located 800 metres away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Posada Del Dragon (Madrid) Hotel Madrid