Our Madrid experience was incredible! Much of it had to do with how pleased we were with our hotel accommodations at Innside Madrid Luchana!
The hotel is nicely located on the corner of Calle de Luchana and Calle Trafalgar so it is easily visible if you are visiting for the first time. It is a lovely historical building and it is painted a nice clean white. The Metro train station (Bilbao stop) is located right in front of the building!
All of the front desk staff is nice, but we happened to catch Veronica and Eduardo the most during our stay. They were so incredibly helpful in recommending places to eat and in helping us navigate the city via walking or train by using the hotel map that they provide, which is a great map by the way. It was easy to understand.
The room is lovely, modern, clean and has a boutique design and feel. Yes the bedroom itself is small, but we didn't mind so much because of the surprisingly spacious bathroom and overall service, staff, trendy look and the cleanliness made up for it!
My husband and I personally enjoyed our street room view. Yes, you can hear some street activity such as cars and people out late at night, but we considered it part of the full "Madrid experience". We loved it. Hearing the activity in no way disturbed our sleeping pattern. Truthfully, if you are traveling from far, you will be jet lagged anyway. You'll either be wide awake or so dead tired you won't hear anything. That was our experience. We enjoyed leaving our window open, which resembled a balcony door, and having the fresh air blow into the room in the mornings or late evenings.
We have no comment on the breakfast. We never woke up early enough to even try it. If you happen to sleep in like us, you can always sit at the casual Café Comercial down the street and grab an espresso.
You will see I rated "excellent" on five categories and "very good" on location. The location is very good. It's more on a business type street and admittedly not as close as other hotels are to the main sites. But keep in mind again that the train station is so conveniently accessible and you will only be about three train stops away from the main sites. I imagine that the closer you stay to Plaza Mayor, Gran Via and such, the busier and louder it will be for you and that's something to keep in mind. We were so outstandingly pleased with our stay at Innside Madrid Luchana that we felt we won and got the best of both worlds of tourism and hotel accommodations on our Madrid visit.
A few years from now we look forward to staying here when we return with our kids. In the meantime we are highly recommending this place to our family, friends and to you the adventurous traveler!
A FEW MADRID TOURISM TIPS:
1. Although Valencia is traditionally known for paella, the best paella restaurant with delicious rice in Madrid is La Buganvilla and is walking distance from this hotel. We had an early dinner there (9pm) and walked back to the hotel around 11:30pm. It was fine.
2. We arrived in Madrid late on a Thursday night (past 10pm) and had tapas and tinto vino (red wine) just up the street at Plaza de Olavide. We randomly chose Kybey II where a cute and lovely young gal named Sandra served us. We ordered their croquetas, patatas brava and albondigas. Great portion size! All were delicious and very obviously homemade!
3. Cafe Comercial is just down the street and it’s a great place for a morning espresso and a croissant or any time of day.
4. I'm sure you have heard that Madrid is home to Botin, the oldest restaurant in the world according to the Guinness Book Of World Records. It dates back to the 1700's, but the building itself has been there since the 1500's. It was surreal dining in a catacomb cave-like room. They are known for conchinillo or crispy roasted suckling pig. When you order, just go straight for the pig and order two pieces and it is served on a nice warm plate with the natural juices of the pork and with tender whole potatoes. Although we did order the melon and jamon as a starter and we were not disappointed! They use a melon that is not in the US. We made reservations online back in the states before going there.
4. San Miguel Market was the highlight of our visit! Go on an empty stomach and have the time of your life eating! Paella, gambas, gulas, aceitunas, croquetas, churros and lots to drink!
5. On a Saturday night dinner is late by American standards. I admit we had dinner at 9pm ONLY because it was pouring rain ALL DAY and we trekked for HOURS all over the city and just wanted to finally sit comfortably in a warm dry place, haha. However, contrary to what we did, do not go into a restaurant earlier than 10pm. If you do, you may get an awkward greeting of confusion, but they may take you in anyway especially if they smell you are a tourist (as they did with us). They will know you are not familiar with the night culture. Unlike for us, if the weather is beautiful, hold off and have dinner at 11pm.
6. The apartment building of Jose Rizal, Philippine’s revolutionary hero, can be visited in the city. It is located on Calle Manuel Fernandez Gonzalez and has a plaque on the building to pay tribute to him.
Thank you for lending your eyes and patiently reading my review. I just want to paint a picture of our experience. As Filipino Americans, our visit to Madrid was an amazing one and has so much meaning to us, especially historically for our motherland, the Philippines. So much was self-explained to us in terms of the Spanish colonization and influence in our culture and in a strange way it felt like home!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- he hotel is located in the historic Palacio de Luchana, built in 1915 by the architect Jesús Carrasco-Muñoz Encina, in the heart of the genunie district of Chamberi, next to the unique Plaza de Olavide and just a few steps from the popular Fuencarral street. The location is great for both visiting the trendiest areas of the city as are the neighborhoods of Justicia, Chueca and Malasaña, or the business area of Castellana and Plaza de Colón. From Bilbao metro station, located right at the hotel’s entrance, in 5 minutes you can reach Gran Via and Puerta del Sol. It also communicates directly to the main railway stations Atocha and Chamartín. One Shot Luchana 22 is a 4-star boutique hotel that blends its elegant neoclassical façade with the selected and contemporary design of its 43 rooms. All the rooms are exterior and they are equipped with a large rain shower and extra-comfort high profile mattress. These One Shot Hotels’ common facilities, along with authentic traditional glazed balconies, Premium rooms with original rounded layout and large windows, exclusive Grand Suite with private terrace on the top floor or the casual restaurant Tôpic Luchana, make this hotel a unique place to enjoy Madrid. ... more less
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