The dormitory at Cisneros Hall at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid was where I called home for a goodly portion of the summer of 1990. The room was so small you had to leave it to change your mind as there was a bed, a small desk, and a sink. The view wasn't that great as it was in the rear of the building facing a soccer field. There was a shower on every floor like at the university at Fairfax. Unlike back home, some mornings it was a struggle getting warm water. I don't want a hot shower, just one that's not icy cold.
There is a cafeteria nearer to the dorms than either back home at GMU or in Nice the previous year. It wasn't bad: better than both other places. Besides the cafeteria, students hung out and got their mail in the Cisneros Hall lobby. As you entered the lobby, there were lots of leather chairs and sofas with a big table where they would put the mail at noon. With lots of pen friends and 1990 pre-dating e-mail, mail call was one of the highlights of the day. To To the right was the cafeteria. To the left was a well-stocked bar with leather seating there too. See, Spain is more libertine in the United States about drinking. If there is a drinking age, it is 16 and a law in name only.
Around Puerta del Sol there are lots of small 'pensiones' or 'hostales', the Spanish equivalent to the British Bed and Breakfast, although in most occasions they don´t serve breakfast. These are the cheapest option.
In my last visit to Madrid I stayed at Hotel Los Condes.
About 17.000 ptas. 95$ for a doble room with breaksfast.
Has two Metro stations close to the Hotel, Plaza de España,and Sol.
Hotel Atlantico (Best Western)
We paid, with reservations made in Holland, $ 75 per two beds room
Classy hotel for a reasonable price
Madrid is full of budget accommodation and luxurious hotels, particularly along the noisy Gran Via and Calle Atocha. Rooms in Hostal Buelta, located near the Atocha train station, are well-kept and reasonably priced. A double with TV and bathroom was charged at ~5500 ptas per night.
It was hell looking for New Year eve accommodation after arriving Madrid. If you wish to plan to stay in Madrid to see the birth of a New Year, you seriously oughtta consider making room reservation sometime mid-year. It was awful experience to have to knock on almost every door to check room availability. Couldn't imagine myself doing that again. (whoooo!) I was really lucky (really!) to get a hostel room along Gran Via, close to Callao metro station. For the same room type as where I put up on my first night, the cost was 10 000 ptas. Thank God I don't have to write about sleeping in Madrid's park.
If you have to fly off early morning just like me, you might want to consider putting up in a hotel/hostel located near the airport, because the airport is quite a distance away from the city center. Although they are connected by a metro line, it takes way beyond a while to travel between the two points. Can't exactly remember the name of the hotel I lodged in on my final night in Madrid, but I know it has got 'Diana' as part of the name. The per night charge was ~13 000 ptas. A hotel shuttle bus would ferry its clients from and to the airport so that they worry less about missing their flight.
Hostal Santa Barbara. ( on the plaza de Santa Barbara)
This place was nice. Very cheap, cost around $200 NZD for 3 nights... (about $80 USD?)
The rooms were private, tidy and secure, nothing special, ensuite bathrooms. The location was great though, very close to the metro station 'Alonso Martinez', very central.
The picture is of the ensuite bathroom.
It was an hotel smart enough:'El Rafael Atocha'
Rooms 're spacious with bathroom(really a tall bathroom),TV satelitte
In the hall,there're some paintings.To know more go at: www.hotelguide.com
I recommend you to go to hostals or hotels depending on your financial possibilities. Hostals are OK and use to be enough but if you look for a more confortable place the option will be a hotel.
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I have not personally stayed at this Hotel, but I hear that it's THE place to stay while visiting Madrid!
THE RITZ - Le Maridien
Early in the 20th century, King Alfonso XIII returned from his travels in Europe with his mind filled with memories of the roses and mirrors that decorated the Royal Palaces of the wonderful cities he had visited. The young King had been royally entertained throughout the Old World -- a procession of fountains, parks, royal suites, blue skies -- and had brought back with him new ideas and projects for his capital.
Madrid had always been a city of an intense vitality, noble buildings, wide and brilliant 'plazas', and exquisite gardens but, somehow, it lacked something. The King was the first to realise how much his capital would gain by the addition of a hotel of the same category as the Ritz in Paris or the Carlton in London, and he wasted no time in putting his ideas into practice. He truly believed Madrid should provide something really exceptional; a hotel to satisfy the tastes of the most distinguished and discerning among this ever increasing new type of traveller, then, only just beginning to be called tourists.
The King's inspiration began to become a reality. The construction of the Ritz had begun -- large, bright and comfortable -- with the backing of the Ritz Development Company who, from the very first proposal, drew up the necessary plans.
The architects were Monsieur Charles Mewes of Paris and don Luis de Landecho of Madrid. Various contractors were engaged to prepare the site, the first among them being don Tomas Torres. Soon, the walls rose above the acacias elms and cedars of the Prado. The Company was officially registered before the Notary don Antonio Turon y Bosea on July 27th 1908 and, on the same day, the first Board of Directors was appointed led by Marques de Guadalmina, The very first meeting of council was celebrated on June 29th 1908, and the first meeting of the shareholders was on April 4th 1909.
The last word in comfort those days consisted in providing four or five bathrooms on each floor, the rest of the rooms were equipped with wash-basins as well as the jugs and glasses in vogue at that time. There was one telephone on every floor in a cabin next to the lift, which was also regarded as a supreme example of luxurious modernity.
The formal opening of the new hotel took place on October 2nd 191 0, being present the King and other members of the Royal Family.
Since that day the history of the Ritz Hotel Madrid is a reflection of the history of Spain. Its salons, terraces and gardens have seen a steady stream of prominent personalities, both Spanish and foreign. Its warm and luxurious rooms, have hosted Kings, Prime Ministers, international diplomats, generals, ambassadors, writers, aristocrats ... All the great ones of the world, by right of lineage, of spirit or achievement, have at one time or another passed through its doors.
George's Marquet, founder of the Palace Hotels in both Brussels and Madrid, and his son joined the Board of Directors of the Hotel Ritz on November 27th 1926. The son became Chairman on June 16th 1932 and, since then, assisted in turn by his son, George's Marquet Delina, had complete control over the Ritz.
During a short period of time, a Bank Consorcio managed by Mr. Masso, was the leading head of the company. Back in 1982, Forte Hotel Company acquired the Ritz entering this international hotelier group. Not until 1995, when Forte merged with Meridien, did the Ritz became one of the luxurious establishment embrace by this prestigious company.
While always conserving its own individual style, the Ritz has yet moved with the times and, year after year, improvements have been made to continue to provide the best possible service as well as outstanding facilities.
The Hotel Ritz is one of Madrid’s most exclusive addresses. It offers first class service in a setting of warmth and comfort. Special care and attention are given to every detail in order to satisfy all client’s needs.
Here guests are mere steps from Retiro Park, Teatro de la Zarzuela and the three most important museums: The Prado, The Thyssen Bornemisza and the Centro de Arte Moderno Reina Sofía.
My favorite hotel is MELIA MADRID a five-star hotel.
It has a swimming pool,gymnasium.There is a club downstairs.If you like salsa,tango, mambo,rumba, you must go and dance.
We stayed at my friend's flat right downtown on c.huertas. It was a beautiful second floor flat that opened up onto 2 balconies overlooking the street below. There are many Hostals and Pensiones and hotels in Madrid though and they are al pretty reasonable in cost. But, to be on the safe side, ask around for exactly what you're looking for. Some of the hostals and cheaper places are loud and you shouldn't expect to sleep very well in many of them as they cater to mostly students who like the nightlife more than the daylife.
Prices for lodging in Madrid were very reasonable for an American (me) on a healthy budget. But like I said, staying with friends is your best bet!
As befits one of Europe's great capitals, there is no shortage of accommodation in Madrid, ranging from humble 'hostales' to glitzy hotels. If you have the cash, do things in style and book into the Ritz. It offers more than 150 rooms and suites with all the latest gizmos - computer and fax hookups, voice mail, interactive TV - that the most demanding travelling nerd could ask for. But more to the point, it's comfortable and centrally located.
I can highly recommend the Hotel Opera. The staff are friendly and speak english fairly well. The prices are reasonable and you are only one block away from the palace and within 2 blocks of the Puerta Del Sol and Gran Via.
18000 pst (Approx $100US)
This is a fairly basic hotel for 3 1/2* but it's clean, comfortable and in a great location. We returned 3 times while we were in Spain and found the place starting to feel like home. Breakfast is included in the tarif which was around 18000pst per night.
Madrid Hostels starting at around 5000 ptas per night :
Hispano Americano - rooms from 5500 ptas. Situated right on Gran Vía.
Hostal Marsella - centrally located, near train station.
Metropol - near Puerta del Sol. Air conditioning
Regente - right next to Gran Vía. Air conditioning and satelite TV
There are plenty of pensions in Madrid and prices are reasonable (cheaper than Barcelona!). Hostal Marsella is where I stayed in Madrid. It's run by an elderly couple who does not speak any English, but they have a son that speaks English who helps out at the hostal once in a whlie and to answer to emails. Rooms are comfortable and clean, though not many. It's always better to book in advance.
There are quite a few bars, restaurants and supermarkets located close to the hostal, which makes it very convenient.
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