- Reviews: 2764
Gran Mélia Fénix: Gran Mélia Fénix
a class hotel visited while just call the Fénix, then went to the Tryp chain and now it is in the Mélia chain. In all, it is a magnificent property right off paseo de la Castellana and near Plaza de Colon.
It was first done in 1953 what was an avant garde hotel. I have been staying here since 1990 on and off, pleasure was the first time than business and pleasure opportunities.
Some of the famous who have been here are The Beatles, Cary Grant, Bill Clinton,and David Beckham.
You will have all you need and more here,the very essence of Spanish luxury at its central city best. i took one old photo from the vault !
underground parking for my car around the corner part of hotel, near metro station at Colon, banks and stores and restos all around you , many bus lines passing by at paseo de la castellana. Surrounded by famous streets such as Serrano, Velázquez, Goya ,and Paseo de la Castellana, you can walk to all as it is in the so call golden mile of Madrid or Milla de Oro, and only 10 minutes from the famous Gran Vía, and the main muséums such as Prado, Reina Sofía, and Thyssen
great resto and bar and excellent breakfasts in the basement.
- Reviews: 1809
Excellent but a touch dated.: Sheraton Suites, Maresierra
Regular readers of my pages know that I usually travel on a budget that is not a really tight backpackers nor does it extend to five star hotels and haute cuisine generally. However, occasionally circumstances dictate that I do get to stay in "posh" places and so it was on my recent visit to Madrid. By circumstances I mean that someone else was paying the bill!
I arrived at the Sheraton in Mirasierra (I know there is another Sheraton in Madrid) and made my way to the suite and herein lies the crux of the whole place. The Sheraton is variously described as an hotel and suites and the latter seems the most apt description. A little research indicates that there are no rooms in the accepted sense here, there are only suites. To be specific there are 182 of them, the smallest of which os 60 sq.m and I believe that this is the size I was in. Having said that, it certainly ranks amongst the largest "hotel rooms" I have ever been in and was certainly more than adequate for me.
The suite was of an open plan comprising a small kitchenette area, fridge (with minibar), seating area / bedroom, washbasin area (his and hers) and seperate toilet and shower. I use the term kitchenette but it is really a sink and a microwave. I didn't find any cutlery nor crockery although there was, bizarrely, a trivet there. I suppose they don't want the table scorched with your takeaway and reheated meal. There is a seperate bathroom should you fancy one as well as a shower. All in all, it was extremely well-equipped and I was at a bit of a loss as to where to explore first as it really was a bit of a trek! Having spent five months living in a nipa (bamboo and thatch hut) in the Philippines last year and which I thoroughly loved, this really was a different world from this place.
So why do I use the title "a little bit dated"? Well, that is what it appeared to me. It was spotless, well-maintained and perfectly comfortable (including an excellently firm bed which was great for my bad back) but it just looked like it was from the 90's or even 80's. For example, the TV, complete with satellite channels, was an old-fashioned "big" one, not a flat screen which seems to be about standard in hotels these days. The decor seemed, well, just a little bit old. Very comfortable certainly and I have no complaints but it just struck me as a bit demode (sorry, don't have the correct accent on this keyboard for that word!).
The staff were excellent and very friendly but I would advise against the bar. Sure, it is probably great for the people who normally stay here but €6 for a small glass of Heineken is a bit rich for my blood. In retrospect, it is probably a bit rich for most peoples as I was the only person in there. I suggest you take a short and pleasant walk to the nearby Alomar bar where you can get a large glass of local beer (they do not have Spanish draught in the hotel) and have a much better time. Hotel bars, like airport bars, are generally a ripoff so avoid.
I know the hotel has an indoor swimming pool and spa which I did not use (I am not that fit any more) but I also discovered an outdoor swimming pool out the back when I went out there for a smoke one night (I told you I wasn't that fit!). Regrettably, the Sheraton here has followed the American model and gone completely non-smoking. Late November at about 0300 hours and with snow threatening was not the time to try the outdoor pool but I am sure it is delightful on a summer afternoon.
It has to be said that this hotel is not the most central in Madrid, it is actually quite a way out but it is close to the Herrera Oria Metro station which is about ten minutes easy walk away. I know that most people coming here will not be using the Metro as they will be either driving their own expensive car, being chauffeur driven or in a cab paid for by the company. I have been told that the Real Madrid football (soccer) team use this place the night before a match. I was there the night before a game but didn't actually see any of them, they were probably all tucked up in bed by the time I got home! For the likes of me, the Metro is quite good enough and I have written a tip on it on this Madrid page. Given the state of some of the traffic conditions I saw on the Madrid roads in the evening, I think the Metro was a good choice!
The hotel / suites have an attached restaurant called Verdil which I did not try as I never saw anyone in there at any point and it was horrendously expensive. Again, a short walk down the road will bring you to the Alomar bar / restaurant where you can get authentic Madrileno food and eat it with proper Madrilenos at a fraction of the price. I know where I woiuld rather be.
In summation then, the Sheraton Maresierra is a great place to stay. It is in a fairly posh residential area which makes it safe and with no late night traffic noise, the rooms are excellent, you have easy access to public transport if the chauffeur has the day off, good leisure facilities if you are not a half-crippled old man like me and I cannot fault it.
I should mention that the room price I quote is from the website because, as I mentioned, I was not paying but it is for a similar time of year. Obviously, seasonal differences will apply.
Finally, here is an insiders tip which I hope is what VT is all about. If you do arrive by Metro, alight at the Fermin Caballero exit from Herrera Oria Metro station. Once above ground, turn right (back on yourself), then take the first path across the park and continue straight until you come out at a small row of shops (I recommend the supermarket there which is excellent) and keep walking straight. The hotel is a couple of hundred yards on the right. At night is it well lit and feels very safe, as it does in daytime.
I suppose the only unique thing about the Sheraton Maresierra is that it has suites rather than traditional rooms. Very comfortable and recommended.
- Reviews: 943
Hostal La Bañezana: Nice Hostal
This Hostal is located in the centre, not far from Puerta del Sol in a very busy street.
Rooms are on the smallish side, but are very clean & comfy. Unfortunately mine was facing the street. As there are lots of bars & clubs in this street it can be very noisy until the early hours. Bring your earplugs!
The staff was very friendly and helpful.
- Reviews: 1080
Airbnb: Airbnb in Lavapies
We stayed with airing at a small flat in lavatories on cava del ave Maria. It was £37 a night and pretty good value for money. It has a small bathroom,living room and kitchen and bedroom.
Location is good,just 5min walk to the metro and just 10-15min walk to the central square,Sol.
- Reviews: 2
EsAPartments: Luxury apartments in Madrid
Not long ago I had the chance of staying in one of the wonderful apartments offered by EsApartments in Madrid. They are splendid places to spend the night. They are perfect if you are in a business trip or if you are simply on a relaxing vacation.
This is the website. Check it out if you are interested, I'm sure you will love them. http://www.esapartments.com/en/luxury-apartments/city/madrid/
- Reviews: 2924
Note about my suggestions
As you can imagine, I know many hotels, hostels and pensions in Madrid, however, I’ve never “tried” any. When somebody asks me about one place or another, I only can give my opinion about the feeling I have or the area, but never about the place itself .
So, I’ve decided to add here hotels/hostels/pensions some VT members have written a tip about, but just the link which will redirect you to the member's tip (and after I have the permission from him/her).
I hope it helps you to find the best accommodation for you
- Reviews: 2764
several: hostales of Madrid
check the hostals of Spain here from folks living there
in the tourist center, there are all over, you wont have a problem ::)
local, inexpensive, central, and historic nerve of the city
- Reviews: 3
NH Palacio de Tepa: Luxury and exclusive hotel in Madrid
Located in Madrid's Las Letras district, the NH Palacio de Tepa is surrounded by history and romance. Just a five-minute walk away, the famous Plaza Mayor and next to Plaza Santa Ana enchant tourists and locals alike. Madrid's most significant museums, such as the Prado Museum, Queen Sofia Art Centre, and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, are also nearby, beckoning visitors with priceless works of art.
- Reviews: 485
University housing option for budget accomodation: University housing option for budget accomodation
Another option for budget accomodation is staying in rooms at university housing during the summer months when the university is not in session!
Prices based on by room (not per person) per night.
- Reviews: 209
Hostal Astoria: cheap and convenient
We loved the Hostal Astoria since it was extremely convenient only about 5 minutes walk from Puerta del Sol.
there were lots of restaurants,bars and music places nearby but the room was not noisy. It had a/c and free internet and the folks at the desk were most helpful. No breakfast but no hostal in downtown Madrid does I think and lots of cheapo places around that you can eat and grab a coffee. Booked it at booking.com so free cancellation is available up to 24 hours before arrival.
Cheap and convenient.
- Reviews: 388
Petit palace Arenal Madrid: A hotel you can go with your pet!
In Madrid is difficult, in comparison to others cities in Europe, go with your pet in a hotel. Well in this hotel, very close to Puerta del Sol, center of Madrid, you can go with your pet. Of course, call before and ask it.
- Reviews: 223
Hotel Mario: Fading hipster in great location
Part of the "Roommate" group of hotels, "Mario" is definitely one of the older in the series. Another lumbering 90's relic with a sleek Miami aesthetic, travelers can get a fairly stylish stay at a budget price.
The location is really unbeatable - just uphill from the "Opera" metro station, on a quiet, charming street.
The staff was quite friendly, although the front desk was chronically understaffed(pretty typical Spanish mode of cost-cutting). On the bright side, the included breakfast was quite good, extensive, and served in an attractive dining room.
The room itself was a good size, and well-appointed as well.
It's not the trendsetter it once was(and the "named" format for the hotels is hella annoying), but at these prices, and in this location, you'll have no complaints. I would book it, again.
- Reviews: 445
international and albergue juvenil: hostels in madrid
luckily, many hostels are located near the metro.
here's one i liked:
here's another one i stayed at that's close to sol.
i would read the review to make sure you like them. the locations are great though.
hostelworld.com is a good site, http://www.hostelworld.com/search?search_keywords=Madrid,+Spain&country=Spain&city=Madrid
there are tons of hostels all around sol (that's the center)
sometimes, you can just grab a travel guide book and look at the pensiones and find them on the street. that would be my second option if i were you. a bit more expensive, but with a private bathroom and room.
hope that helps.
- Reviews: 907
Hotel Regina: Excellent location and good deal
Centrally located on Calle Alcala, the Hotel Regina is minutes from Cibeles, Puerta del Sol and the Plaza Mayor, to name just a few spots. The location is truly excellent and that can't be beat. The lobby is nice and always bustling, as it's almost incorporated into the restaurant next door, and the staff is very friendly.
Accommodations depend, however, on which half of the hotel you're in. I stayed here at the beginning of our trip and at the end. On the first-leg, our room was in the modern back half. It was very nicely decorated, and the bathroom was lovely. (My photos here are from that stay.) The view in this section of the hotel is non-existent as the windows face an small opening between it and an office building next door. However, this creates an ideal sleeping environment and you'll never know that you're in the middle of a major city.
On our return leg, our room was in the front, older part of the hotel. I can't say that it was a negative experience but here are my complaints. There were three of us and the room was divided into 2 sections. I took the section with the single bed which was in an alcove. The alcove's sole piece of furniture was the bed. There was certainly room for a night stand where a guest could put his or her belongings and, more importantly, a lamp. The only light in that section of the room was the florescent one on the ceiling. It was horrible to have to use this blinding light whenever I needed to see something. Hence, the need for that table. Also, the person using that bed has no view of the TV while lying in bed. Some of us like that sort of thing.
The plus was the view (from the main room.) That just can't be beat.
- Reviews: 206
Abami II: An almost perfect hostal
We were very pleased with our stay in this hostal. It was in a very good, central location, close to Metro stops, along the main streeet but still quiet, very clean, had new and tastefully decorated rooms, and had very good WiFi connection. They are also along a busy commercial district, so it was very convenient to find restaurants, or food or stores.
The downside was that the building has no lift, and as it was located on the third level with a 2 rather long flights of stairs for each level, it was a bit of a problem when you have several luggages and for elderly guests, as it was in our case. But the stairs were not steep, and were wide, so it was not a serious issue of access. Also, those at the reception do not speak English, or very little of it, so it would help for guests to know some basic Spanish words. They also could not give me precise directions from the Metro station (simply saying in the email which i sent twice that the place was near the station -- so what, i needed to know if you have to go right or left or wherever direction), so it was a bit of a hassle for me to try to locate the street by myself by asking passersby (i had no time to print a map). The toilet was rather small and had no place where you can put toiletries or hang the towels. But just the same, these were minor inconveniences and for the price that we paid of 60 euros a night for 3 adults, it was a steal, considering the overall excellent condition of the room (flatscreen TV, comfortable beds, clean sheets and towels, silent airconditioning).
I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a reasonably priced place.
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