Seeing the sights of Madrid was not our priority on this trip, so we decided to find accommodations close to Barajas airport to keep the hassles of big city traffic to a minimum. After checking out a few hotels on the internet, we decided that the Suites Kris Aeropuerto looked like it would do the trick. Our rate of 60 Euros per night (US$81 at the prevailing exchange) looked quite reasonable, so we booked one night on our inbound leg and two nights outbound.
It turned out to be quite a new building, with several floors (we ended up on the 4th and 5th), located in a sort of industrial area on the outskirts of the city. Their literature indicates there are twelve hotels in this chain, located in various cities around Spain.
Unique Quality: The hotel had its own good-sized shuttle bus for airport pick-up and drop-offs, but it always seemed to take between 40-60 minutes (or longer) for it to actually make the pick-ups when we phoned them - there are five airport Terminals it has to stop at while at Barajas.
Although the staff were friendly and helpful, the building was so new and large that I found it to be quite sterile with a 'cold' feeling to it. Everything was just glass and steel with little or no plants or other touches to provide a softer touch to things. Our room was a suite with an attached living room and a kitchen too. The kitchen appliances were so new they still had instruction books inside them, but there was not even a kettle to boil water (on our return trip the kitchen was locked). We had an excellent self-serve breakfast in their ground floor restaurant, but it too was blah - surrounded by glass walls with just a bunch of tables and chairs lined up like in a cafetieria. It was like moving into a house with no decorative touches at all - just the furniture sitting there. Only a few blocks away is a huge multi-storey mall with lots of restaurants - we went there for the remainder of our meals. Internet service consisted of two slow dial-up computers located in one corner of their ground floor bar area.
Directions: On the east side of Madrid, southeast of the intersection of the A2 and N100 divided highways and about 13 km (8 miles) or 20 minutes from Barajas Airport
KRIS HOTELS is a nice new budget hotel chain. They have various hotels in Madrid and the one that I am recommending is the one that is close to the airport as well as to the IFEMA fair grounds in Madrid. The property is pretty new. The rooms are very comfortable and modern apartments with all the amenities you could expect. Service is very good and staff is kind. What more could a tired traveller want. Well maybe a shopping center- you have just one around the corner and its called Plenilunio - a nice way to pass any extra time that you may have or just slip into a movie theater o maybe to have a dinner outside the hotel. I paid around 60 euros for a night and they have offers which go as low as 50 euros for a room per night, so its a good deal.
Unique Quality: The comfort of the apartments, very good buffet breakfast and the shuttle service
Directions: Better to take the shuttle from the airport
The only trouble with this hotel is the location: yes it is close to the airport, but to get there you need a Euro 20 taxi ride, and once you'll there, there is absolutely nothing around you, apart from a big shopping mall 5 minutes walk away. If you want a beer or a tapa, the only choice the hotel's bar. The bus shuttle service advertised by the hotel is a fake: you won't be able to locate it when you arrive at the airport, and you're very likely to miss it on the way to the airport since the bus is in reality a mini van and can load only few persons.
Apart from that, the rooms are real suites, with modern and a bit unpersonal furniture. Two rooms (one with the beds, one with a sofa and TV), plus bathroom, with A/C, TV, hairdryer, and the price is impressively low!
Unique Quality: Spacious, comfortable, quiet rooms at a low price.
Directions: Close to the PLENILUNIO shopping mall
Gran Via 38, Madrid, Madrid
Paseo de la Castellana 22, Madrid
Plaza de las Cortes 7, Madrid, Madrid
Calle del Carmen 4, Madrid
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Address: C/Campezo, 8, Madrid, 28022, Spain