Abalú

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Address: Calle Pez 19, Madrid, 28004, Spain

Star rating:
3 star hotel

3.7

Ooh groovy… if you like Barbie, candyfloss and glamour, this is the hotel for you.

A lot of hotels go for bland neutrals, but not the Abalú. Oh dear me no. The interiors were created by fashion designer Luis Delgado, who has gone in for baroque and rococo extravagance at every opportunity (and there are plenty, believe me). This is a fun place to stay, particularly if you want to hang out in the boho bars and boutiques of Malasaña just up the hill.

Location
3.8
90%
Eating/drinking
3.8
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
3.7
90%
Value for money
3.6
90%
Bedrooms
4
90%
Public areas
4
90%

Location

The Abalú is on Calle Pez, a street which is changing character from scruffy to cool with boutiques and bars replacing tradtional shops. Note that I say ‘is changing’ rather than ‘has changed’. I should point out that some of the street corners between Pez and the Gran Vía are a bit seedy. I think we all know what I’m talking about. Nearest metro station is Noviciado.

Bedrooms

Each of the 21 rooms and suites is different, and prices range widely too. The best are on the ground floor. There is a lift up to the other rooms on the first floor, but the recepton staff  might not tell you about it, leaving you to struggle up the stairs with your luggage. That's what happened to me anyway, which wasn't a good start..

In a grande luxe junior suite the bed is suspended from the ceiling on twirly poles and you also get a home cinema system. You can have massages in your room, with quartz and rose petals from Bulgaria should the fancy take you. The cheapest room is a 'petit double', but pay a bit more for a 'superior double' and you get a hydromassage shower or whirlpool bath and probably a balcony too. The WiFi signal is pretty dodgy - better on the ground floor than upstairs. I couldn't get online at all on the first floor. You can hear everyone coming and going in the corridor.

Public areas

There is a funky lobby to lounge around decoratively in. The adjoining Beauty Bar is actually a bar, not a salon, you’ll be relieved to hear, and is rather a cool place to hang out.

Eating and drinking

Breakfast, drinks and snacks are served in the Beauty Bar.

Service

Well meaning but hopeless.

Who stays there

Everyone from regular tourists to fashionistas to cabaret artists.

Price advice

Expect to pay double the average room rate for the fancier suites. Breakfast is included in most room rates, but costs around 5.50 euros per person if you're paying separately. There is free WiFi in the lobby, and a charge of 10 euros per day in the rooms - but the connection might not work.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Singles
  • Stag / hen parties
  • Nightlife
  • People watching
  • Romance
  • Shopping
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Handy for bars
  • Unusual and fun
  • Staff could make more of an effort
  • Corridor noise
  • Area won't suit everyone
  • Bit pricey for what you get
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