Petit Palace Posada Del Peine
Postas 17, Madrid, Spain, 28012
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Travellers with pets, History, Romance, Shopping, Sightseeing
Expert review of Petit Palace Posada Del Peine
Founded in 1610, the Posada del Peine holds the record for being the oldest inn in Spain. Not that it’s been open all that time, mind you, and certainly not in its current form as a chic boutique hotel. Peine is the Spanish for comb, and the original inn got its name because there was a comb attached to a bit of string in all the rooms. Back in the 17th century, that must have been a real luxury!
Just off the Plaza Mayor and a stone’s throw from the metro station in the Puerta del Sol, this is downtown Madrid writ large. Ok, it’s a bit touristy around here, but what the heck? I just love this location. You’re steeped in history, surrounded by handsome Habsburg architecture, near all the sights and you could spend weeks trying out the bars and restaurants in the immediate vicinity. And then there’s the shops…
There are 71 rooms and suites packed into what looks like a very small building from the outside, but actually spreads out a long way. All rooms have computers, but upgrade to a High Tech room to get an exercise bike and king-sized bed. Family rooms are available with flexible sleeping arrangements to suit your needs. There are adapted rooms for people with disabilities, non-smoking rooms, and the hotel is pet-friendly too. There's free cable internet connection and WiFi.
With lots of beams and open brickwork, and a lovely original staircase, it has oodles of charm but also manages to fit in all the 21st-century gadgetry for which hotels in the High Tech group are renowned.
Only buffet breakfast is available, but the surrounding area is packed with restaurants, tapas bars and cafés.
None, but there are exercise bikes in the superior High Tech rooms.
Professional and helpful.
Tourists who like a bit of character in their hotels, but don't want to do without mod cons and comfort.
Not surprisingly, this is one of the most popular Petit Palace hotels in Madrid, so don't leave it till the last minute if you want to stay here. Reserve a few weeks ahead for good rates. The buffet breakfast is 10 euros per person, which is good value providing you are going to have more than a piece of toast and a cup of coffee.
More information on Petit Palace Posada Del Peine:
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- Postas 17, Madrid, Spain, 28012
- Business Centre, High-Speed Internet, Pets Allowed, Room Service
- Los Austrias/Plaza Mayor