Firstly the hotel, I notice it has been described as old-fashioned but that's just the exterior, being city centre it's an old building. Inside, the rooms have had a complete makeover in the recent past and are clean and comfortable, average-sized not large but certainly well adequate. No tea-making facility but even on Ryanair we manage to fit in a travel kettle and teabags. Hairdryer and free room safe. Mini-bar fridge which you can use for your own drinks if you wish. Shower was fine once we worked out how to turn it on (2 knobs) - a note of instruction would help. We had a front room but it's a quiet street and the window is a modern UK-style UPVC double glazed well-sealed unit so we didn't hear any noise. Breakfast was comprehensive with usual continental items (rolls, croissants, muffins, etc) plus hot items - bacon, sausages and scrambled eggs. Only slight downside the hot items were only "lukewarm" the servery did not maintain their temperature. NOTE TO MANAGEMENT no point trying to improve the servery this problem is widespread - please spend Eur50 on a microwave for guest use and solve the problem entirely. On the weekend the waitress struggled to keep up with demand but this was just a minor inconvenience, everything arrived eventually we didn't miss out on anything. Staff were generally helpful and polite. One exception, on the first night we asked the gentleman at reception how to turn on the shower - his response was "ask the chambermaid (impossible of course at that hour), I can't help you, these 5 square metres (the reception area) are my domain, the only part of the hotel I know anything about" !!! Overall I would be very happy to recommend this hotel.
Secondly the location. Absolutely perfect, between Callao (on the Gran Via) and Puerta Del Sol, three mins walk from either, right in the heart of Madrid. For sightseeing would recommend the hop on city bus tour, for extra Eur4 buy the two-day unlimited ticket and make sure you take the extended tours (no extra charge), and also go after dark if possible. After this just soak up the atmosphere of this lively city in the evening. If on a budget there are a number of establishments offering fixed price menus or all-u-can-eat for Eur10 usually including a soft drink. A trip between the airport and Callao metro costs Eur5 on the metro (standard + supplementary ticket) and takes about a half-hour plus a long walk at Barajas airport depending which terminal you need.
Enjoy Madrid whilst cheap(ish) airfares are still available, I suspect prices are rising.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel II Castillas is located in the heart of Madrid, exactly between Gran Via Street and Preciados Street.Recently opened. It´s the perfect hotel if you want to visit the center of the city. Ideal either for business or leisure. Main museums 12 minutes away! Right next to metro and bus stations. All of our rates have breakfast included. FREE WIFI!!! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ii Castillas Hotel
- Ii Castillas Madrid