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Albergue Juvenil Santa Cruz de Marcenado
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Albergue Juvenil Santa Cruz de Marcenado
Ranked #385 of 438 Hotels in Madrid
Reviewed November 10, 2012

From the comments I found on the internet, I expected the worse. In the end, I found myself in a decent youth hostel, quiet and clean and with personnel which was for the majority nice. Breakfast wasn't delicious but ok (we could go for refills). The location is interesting too. I went for a jogging in the nearby parque del oeste (large, nice park), plaza de españa is at 10 minutes walking distance and the airport is at 45 minutes metro distance.

On the down side, the personnel barely speaks anything else than Spanish. The lady that checked us in didn’t speak English. So next to the 30 minutes we had to wait before she showed up, the check-in by itself took more than 35 minutes because we couldn't understand each other. One piece of advice: when you book, make sure you book everything in a single reservation. Since we were three and one of us arrived a day later, I made three separate reservations. Without a common language, the handling of these three separate reservations proved to be almost impossible. I also didn't enjoy waiting for long minutes in front of the door, waiting for someone to open it up for us.

My general evaluation is nonetheless rather positive. I would say it is good but not very good.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

The Albergue Juvenil Santa Cruz de Marcenado in Madrid's Argüelles neighborhood is just what the name promises: a good old youth hostel. That means they offer you a bed, a warm shower, a little something to fill the stomach in the morning and someplace to wash your clothes. But that's it.
How did I end up in jail?
The breakfast would leave most of my friends hungry (fortunately I'm not a breakfast person). There's no internet - if you want to get online you have to take your computer to the Starbucks round the corner where each drink buys you 45 minutes of wireless access. The common area looks more like a waiting room. And since there's just 1 key for each room with the last one out leaving the key at the reception - which isn't always manned - you'll find yourself waiting there on a regular basis. Bring a book.
The rooms: my first look at my 4 bed dorm had my mind racing about what I could have possibly done to have ended up in jail - there's barely any space, just one narrow window, and to number the beds they used the same fond that I only know from prison movies...
On the bright side: when you close the window, the room is actually quiet, everything is clean, there are enough showers, and the staff is really friendly. Even though their English is limited. But that shouldn't surprise as I didn't seem to fit their usual guest profile: during the weekend I spent there my fellow guests were mainly Spanish, and most of them ladies on the other side of 50. Also, I found it quite easy to walk to all the main downtown Madrid attractions (if you don't like walking: bus and subway are just round the corner as well).
One more thing: this is a traditional youth hostel which means to get the standard rate of 13 Euro per night you have to show a Hostelling International membership card. If you don't have it a surcharge of 3,50 Euro per night applies for the first 6 nights. After that, however, you'll have acquired a 1 year Hostelling International membership. Congratulations!

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled solo
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2  Thank Carola B
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Reviewed June 15, 2012

There is no social setting here , no drinking no noise no fun at all ,rooms are new but I would trade no noise for friendly people and a little loss of sleep . It's a gray backpacker factory sleep and leave ..

  • Stayed: June 2012
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1  Thank Liam W
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Reviewed March 17, 2017
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Room Tip: 簡單乾淨的青年旅館,窮遊可考慮
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  • Stayed: March 2017, traveled with friends
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Thank cateyesmile
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Reviewed May 27, 2016
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  • Stayed: June 2015, traveled solo
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Thank jose m
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Reviewed December 17, 2015
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  • Stayed: September 2015, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 4, 2015
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Room Tip: You can't choose your room.
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  • Stayed: October 2015, traveled solo
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Thank Delfosse A
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Address: Calle Santa Cruz de Marcenado 28, 28015 Madrid, Spain
Location: Spain > Community of Madrid > Madrid > Malasana
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Ranked #385 of 438 Hotels in Madrid
Number of rooms: 72
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