Excellent overall stay. Nice and charming Hostal in the very center of Madrid. Very safe location. Very clean room and shared bathroom/showers. Warm and cozy during nights. Generally quiet even during mornings. Owner, Manolita, speaks no English but we got along fine. Her son Carlos speaks English and was very helpful. Breakfast available for a E. 3 fee, not much, but quite enough. Would highly recommend for single travellers, or those who want reasonably priced accomodations.
Unique Quality: Excellent location. Very near the Metro (Sevilla) and behind the Congress of Deputies, thus in a very safe location. Puerta Del Sol is just a few minutes away, same for the Thyssen and Prado Museums. Rooms are simple, but beddings are clean and room always made up everyday, with thick linens. Shared bathroom is likewise extremely clean.
Directions: B/w Calle Cedaceros and Calle Jovellanos.
2 other Hostals in the same building The Principado and Reconquista. Mirentxu has no neon sign outside the building. You have to look at the main door at No. 7 Calle Zorilla, to find a brass plaque with its name.
First off, this place is pretty hard to find. The fact that my cab driver dropped me off on a different street and then pointed me in the wrong direction certainly didn't help, but after wandering for awhile I finally found it. The address was nowhere to be found, and it is through a door with about 4 other hostals. The only sign is at the buzzer, and there may have been a small one by the door too. I heard the elevator doesn't always work, but luckily it did on this night. There was no one on the street, so it was quiet all night, a rarity in Madrid. It didn't feel deserted in a dangerous way though. An elderly lady was working the desk, and she yelled at me a little for not having perfect Spanish, but it was amusing. She took me through a maze of hallways to my room which was a double even though I paid for single, and she told me I better not dare touch the second bed. It was a good size room, very clean, and no weird smells. The bathroom was small with a strange decor, but everything was functional. You get three keys: one to the building, one to the floor, and one to your room. Apparently the lady lives there. I left early in the morning and woke her up dragging my bag, and she came out in her nightgown and curlers screaming at me to give her the key. Hostal Mirentxu isn't a luxurious place, but if you're just looking for somewhere to stay, it's great. The price is soooo low, the mean lady is more entertaining than demeaning, everything you need is provided, and you can actually sleep at night. Plus the location is great. Right around the corner you've got tons of restaurants, a 24-hour Kinko's-like place that has an internet cafe, and tons of major tourist sites right there. I was scared to stay here because of the low price and small number of reviews, but I think I'll probably be back!
Great location, to the left you find Museo Prado and to the right leads you to Puerta de Sol or Plaza Mayor. Run by a sweet family. Very clean, quaint, and comfortable. Only sixteen euros for a single!
Hola, I'm going to Madrid, then to Salamanca, Burgos, Bilbao, San Sebastian, Pamplona, Barcelona and back to Madrid for a month.
Any suggestions on good hostels to stay in as a female solo traveler.
Also, tips on trains, buses, which are better, and good day hiking!!!
MADRID: The Hostal Mirentxu is well located, quiet and inexpensive. Here's the website and some other information.
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Address: Calle Zorrilla, 7, Madrid, 28014, Spain