First I would say that the need to climb, effectively, six flights of stairs to reception is a drawback - particularly for any elderly or infirm, particularly when first arriving with luggage. There is no elevator.
But by far the worst aspect is the noise. There is no soundproof/ fire door between rooms and reception and the area is an echo chamber. The hostel does not give residents outside door keys thus an unacceptably loud electronic alert in reception draws attention to someone pressing the outside bell. This goes on all night with young people returning from clubs at all hours of the morning. I am not a sound sleeper and this proved very taxing. In addition the walls are paper thin and your neighbours conversations and laughter can be heard all the time.
I feel my views may have improved had I been given a front facing balcony room, instead I was given a rear room, the view outside being a concrete wall, so it felt like a small monks cell.
On the good side, the staff are friendly, the rooms are very clean and they have clearly tried to modernise with good air conditioning. They are however stuck with the basic bricks and mortar of an old building and all its drawbacks. The location is certainly handy to Central Madrid so it has its good points.
In conclusion I would not stay there again, mainly because,at 60, I need my sleep. If I was a young guy into clubbing and who just wanted a place to bed down it would probably be ideal, especially if you can sleep through an air-raid.
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