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Ganivet Hotel
Ranked #127 of 441 Hotels in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 13, 2014

The hotel is located down town and is very close to the Plaza Mayor, Royal Palace, the Cathedral and other attractions. Lot of restaurants are located in an around the area and the hotel is a nice property which is clean and well maintained. We stayed there on two occasions and once we got a room with a twin bed and a sofa cum bed in the living area. The second time we got 4 beds, since we were travelling with kids. The rooms were decent sized and bathroom was equipped with the normal WC and shower with a bidet. The breakfast spread was decent and the staff at the reception were friendly and helpful. The metro station is a couple of minutes walk from here but going to the airport takes about 45 minutes with two changes with a charge of 5 Euro per person. A taxi is faster and takes about 25 minutes and costs 25 to 30 Euros depending on the time of day. Overall a good stay with a nice location and free wifi with a lot of little shops selling antiquities, shoes, bags and really nice stuff on the same street.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

Just spent two nights in this hotel, its perfect. It is nothing special, but very very nice and in the perfect place. There is great wifi in the rooms, very clean, great bathroom, comfortable beds, even water on each floor for the guests. My friend and I loved the hotel and would stay again 100%.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 7, 2014 via mobile

All compliments for accomodation, food and stuff. Good location, free wi-fi, smoking area in all rooms on first floor. Room are clean and large, free safe deposit box, good heating sistem, good sound protection, drinking water free. What can we wish more.

Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
2  Thank HarryBelgrade_Serbia
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Reviewed December 20, 2013

Spent 5 nights here,bar and cafe staff a credit to any hotel, front of house staff not so great, very little english spoken or understood,when you walk pass the desk and smile no response back, returned to the hotel afternoon at approx 3.00pm after being out all day to find rooms not cleaned asked the desk why the gentleman said the staff had to 4.00pm to clean the rooms, he was very abrupt did not know his name you could not miss him if you stayed here he had no hair on his head but plenty around his face, on our last night we asked the desk if they could book a taxi for us at 8.00am the next morning to take us to the airport, he just looked at me and said you go out in the road tomorrow and stop a car, after seeing my facial response he then said come back later, which we did not.

Room Tip: Do not stay in the rooms that overlook the street very busy and noisey
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 19, 2013

Ganivet is walkable from Pueroto de Tolida metro station. We had taken a triple room.The room is cramped.If one carried huge suitcases it is difficult to open it and spread it across on the floor.There is not much walking space within the room.
The breakfast spread is great with plenty of fruits,juices, muffins,breads.
Staff at the cafe were very courteous.Extremely friendly and offered to help us with vegetarain food.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank MeeraVishy
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Reviewed December 6, 2013

we stayed here for 3 nights. A family of 6, we had 2 triple rooms. A bit cramped, but we were out and about most of the time. Café was good and relatively inexpensive. Didn't get the breakfast buffet or dinner. Didn't think staff was very friendly. No "welcome" or "we're glad you're here". Great location for exploring. We walked everywhere. 30 euros to airport.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 28, 2013

Overall an average hotel. There were some drawbacks that can be mitigated, but in having to do so, you're eroding the enjoyment of your stay.

First, to reach the hotel from the airport, I took the #8 (Pink) line to Mar de Cristal, then jump on the #4 (toward Arguelles) to Alonso Martinez stop. Get off and finally jump on the #5 route toward Casa de Campo. Get off at Puerta de Toledo. Once above ground, head up the street that is on your right, heading 'up' from the Puerta de Toledo (monument with pillars, etc). The hotel will be on your right about two blocks up.

The Good:

- The hotel, being on the 'far' side of the city if located on the map is actually pretty well situated when it comes to seeing some of the major points of Madrid. It's a decent walk - you're not right on top of things, but very feasible. Alternately, you're within a metro stop or two of being near the Plaza Mayor (La Latina/Sol) or the City Center (Opera).

- The room was clean and fairly spacious. The bed was comfortable. There was a desk so that you could do some work, a safe and wardrobe with additional pillows and blankets provided.

- The hotel staff spoke English well, though with the front desk it seemed a little more of a struggle. In all, the non-front desk teams were very pleasant - I was able to speak with a waiter in the hotel restaurant, and a housekeeper, who were very nice.

- The hotel has WiFi and it's good WiFi - decent, fast and connectable throughout the hotel.

- The hotel also has good access to transportation. The metro is close (2 blocks) as is the bus line.

- There are a number of pubs close by up and down Toledo if you wanted to grab something to eat or drink. Additionally, on the opposite side of the Puerta de Toledo is a nice little grocer who sells cheese and bread and other food items. Also on the other side of the monument (meaning other side from where your hotel is) is a small pub that serves tapas which is pretty extensive and easy to deal with (on Calle Toledo).

- A cafe is located in the bottom of the hotel for convenience. It was nice to at least have an option of eating within the hotel.

- The hotel appears to be in a fairly safe location. I was out at various hours and didn't see or feel any reason to be concerned. The area looks worn down (from a US perspective - some graffiti, older buildings) but so does most of the city.

- On each level is a water cooler that dispenses hot and ice cold water. I would have preferred a fridge to put water into in my room, but this was a nice mitigation.


Some of the distractions/shortfalls:

- The front desk team seems a little 'put upon' when it comes to taking care of guests. They'll be modestly kind and efficient, but it's clear they struggle a bit with being really happy with their job. No big welcome, no polite conversation. This may have been due to their language skills, so I'll cut them some slack, but it's surprising how much the attitude of someone helps/hinders you when you're a weary traveler.

- The decor in the hotel is atrocious and is about 20+ years outdated. The chairs in the cafe on the first floor are orange and dirty. They clearly haven't invested much in the ambiance of the hotel or updating it.

- The hotel is, unfortunately, directly outside a school which is across the street. The side of the hotel that I was on (front) faced directly into their play yard. So, at around 11am every day until 3pm, I had the enjoyment of children yelling and screaming, and then screaming and yelling.

- The street the hotel is on, Toledo, is also very noisy. It gets traffic and throughput all day and night. Since the hotel doesn't have air conditioning, I needed to open a window and then close it, and then open it, and then close it. Finally I opted for ear plugs to be able to sleep in comfort.

- The shower is a little odd, in that the door for it didn't seem to close all the way. So, when you're in the shower, there is a small sliver of the environment that isn't closed off by the shower door. This caused water to run out of the shower and onto the bathroom floor. This was more silly design than an actual issue, but you could see signs of mildew in area where the water would normally pool. There wasn't mildew - room was clean - but you could tell they needed to give the area more care.

- The hotel provided a dinner buffet on the first night I was there - 12 - 15 euro - which included a drink as well. The food was terrible. For that much money, I expected more. The fish had bones throughout, the desserts looked unappetizing. The whole food part looked like it was just tacked on to grab additional revenue from landlocked guests, rather than actually attempting to provide a value added service. The food looked like it took the least amount of effort possible - everything prepackaged or store bought, with as little fresh homemade as feasible. Don't eat here - you have other options in the area that are better and cheaper. Go for a walk.

- The breakfast buffet was 15 Euro as well. After the debacle with dinner, there was no chance I was taking a risk on my breakfast. I took a walk.

- And, oh yeah, breakfast wasn't included in the rate when it really should have been.

- No refrigerator in the room, no coffee, bare bones.


In all, I wouldn't stay here again. The ambiance, decor, food, location, I feel could all be upgraded with a small outlay of additional money - and probably not much of it. The hotel is great if you are looking for a budget option in a safe area close to things but not breaking the bank. I'd say the standard room would be able to house 2 adults + 1 child at most. Anymore and it'll be tight (and it would already be tight with 2.5 people. If you're looking for a little more in your hotel experience, you won't find it here. Best for students, people on tight budgets.

Room Tip: Get a room that is not along the front of the hotel - tell them you don't want to face the stree...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Ganivet Hotel

Address: Toledo Street 111-113, 28005 Madrid, Spain
Location: Spain > Community of Madrid > Madrid > La Latina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#45 Family Hotel in Madrid
#130 Romantic Hotel in Madrid
Price Range: $70 - $171 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Ganivet Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 151
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ganivet Hotel *** is situated in the historical center of Madrid, close to the major sights and attractions of the city such as Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, the Royal Palace and the Prado Museum, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofia . Also, it is in the trendy tapas and restaurants area (La Latina, Cava Alta and Mercado de San Miguel). The Ganivet Hotel *** is equipped with the most complete and modern facilities. Its careful design environment combines the classicism of Old Madrid with a trendy and cozy decor. Guests can reach the center of Madrid in his own vehicle and they will have the possibility of a parking lot at the garage located in the same building. Its central location combined with the comfort of its modern facilities and a professional and friendly service make the Hotel Ganivet an ideal place to stay during your visit to Madrid, both for tourism and/or business. ... more   less 
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