Plaza Mayor

Calle Atocha 2, Madrid, Spain, 28012

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Palomar suite

By Annie Bennett, your Madrid expert

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#31 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Madrid
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Location:
4.9
4.9
Bedrooms:
4
4.0
Eating/drinking:
3
3.0
Public areas:
3.6
3.6
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4.6
4.6
Value for money:
4.7
4.7
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Singles, History, Romance, Shopping, Sightseeing

Expert review of Plaza Mayor

Family-run smallish hotel in an atmospheric location.

If you’re sick of chain hotels, can’t be doing with over-designed places and don’t want to pay an arm and a leg, I think you’ll like the Plaza Mayor. I always sigh with relief when I walk in here. It’s not super luxe or anything, but will meet most travellers' needs.

Location: 

Just off the Plaza Mayor, funnily enough. You are a couple of minutes’ walk from the Puerta del Sol and near the tapas bars on Cava Baja or Plaza de Santa Ana.

Bedrooms: 

There are 34 rooms in two sections. Rooms in the original part all give onto the Plaza de Santa Cruz or a side street. Some in the newer part give onto inner courtyards, so are exceptionally quiet given this is right in the centre of town. Room 104 is a lovely large double on a corner with views of the square. The bedspread and curtains are in a red and black geometric print, and the desk by the window is a comfortable spot to work - with free WiFi too. The large marble bathroom only has a shower, but some rooms have bathtubs so request one when booking if you are partial to a soak. Room 111 is a quiet single and gives onto a courtyard. Room 305, which is a standard double with twin beds, a bathtub and more classic décor, gives onto the square.

If your budget can stretch to it, the Palomar suite is the one to go for. The huge space has a pitched roof with beams, a lovely terrace with loungers and views across the old town. The large bathroom – just with a shower - has orange mosaic tiles. It’s really romantic and special but much in demand and hard to get hold of.

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Public areas: 

The corridors are lined with contemporary and traditional art and there is a bookcase for guests to help themselves, and leave any books they’ve finished with. There is a computer with free internet access in the lobby as well as free WiFi in the rooms.

Eating and drinking: 

Breakfast is served in a light-filled space on the ground floor - but only until 10am.

Service: 

You really get the personal touch here. No uniforms or plastic smiles.

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Who stays there: 

Mostly tourists, often regular visitors to Madrid, of all nationalities and ages.

Price advice: 

Breakfast is 7.50 euros and there is an underground car park nearby which costs 15 euros a day.

Pros: 
Great location
Personal service
Cons: 
No restaurant
No room service

More information on Plaza Mayor:

Price from:
£33
Type:
Hotel
Address:
Calle Atocha 2, Madrid, Spain, 28012
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet
Neighbourhood:
Los Austrias/Plaza Mayor

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