Hostal Villar

Calle Principe 18, Madrid, 28012, Spain
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Cheap Double Rooms

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on January 27, 2007

It's unbelievable to find that staying in a dorm bed in a youth hostel can be that pricy in Madrid. After reading several guidebooks and doing some internet research, I found that Hostal Villar offered the cheapest double rooms near the Sol.

33 Euros per double room per night (shared bathrooms, no breakfast), wherelse you can find such a deal? There were actually 3 beds in our room, a desk & a chair, a wardrobe, a bedside table, a sink & a mirror and a window, though surrounded by other windows.

Hostal Villar is located inside a building, shared by other hostals/residents. The main entrance is on 1/F and we stayed on the top floor, i.e. 4/F. We had to enter and exit through the main entrance on 1/F, that meant we had to walk up/downstairs inside the hostal. I didn't mind the walking but the floor was so thin that no matter how light your steps were, you wouldn't avoid creating some noise.

Our neighbour was a couple from China and their friends were scattered in different rooms on the same floor. Due to the unbelievable small thickness of the walls and the floor, I could hear every word they said in their room, no need to mention about their laughters. It's also quite unbearable to hear the steps of the people on the corridor at late night. I totally couldn't sleep the first night and suffered a serious headache the following day (I made a serious mistake of forgetting to bring alone my earplugs.... anyway, that's too late.)...

I'm used to stay in hostels and bear some noise at night but the noise due to thin floors was really too much this time...

Anyway, considering the price and its great location, it's an ok place to stay at but remember to bring along your earplugs.

Unique Quality: ~
Pros:
1. Great location, a few minutes to Sevilla Metro Station; also very close to the Sol.
2. Cheap double-rooms (shared bathrooms).
3. English speaking staff.
4. The room was tidied up daily (though not very necessary for me).
5. A very retro elevator in the building.

Cons:
1. Super thin walls and floors --> noise from neighbour.
2. The window was too close to the window of the opposite wall.
3. The shared bathrooms were a bit messy at night, e.g. there were always no refill of toilet paper.
4. No non-smoking policies inside the room, my room was so smelly when I checked in.

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Address: Calle Principe 18, Madrid, 28012, Spain

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