Near the Gran Vía and the bars and cafés of Malasaña and Conde Duque, but not in a touristy area. You can walk to most of the sights, but will probably want to jump on the metro to the major museums. Fortunately, Noviciado station is very close to Flat5. You can get there from the airport with just one change of line, which makes things easier.
The 11 rooms have wooden floors and mirror-fronted wardrobes - which actually have normal wooden hangers, unlike a lot of fancy hotels. Double glazing keeps street noise to a minimum, but ask for a room at the back to be extra quiet. Don’t expect too much space though, particularly in the bathroom.
Room 508, which has turquoise décor, gives onto Calle San Bernardo and has views across the rooftops. It has twin beds, with space for another bed if required. 507 is done out in tones of rust and gold and has a double bed and a single. All rooms have air-conditioning, flat-screen televisions and, amazingly, DVD players. Hairdryers are available on request.
Just a small reception area.
Eating and drinking
You choose what you would like for breakfast the night before and it is served on a huge tray in your room. There is plenty of choice and you are charged by item.
The reception staff are really friendly and speak English.
Who stays there
Tourists who don’t like faceless chain hotels and know a bargain when they see one.
Fresh orange juice, toast and coffee for breakfast comes to about four euros.
- High-Speed Internet
- Culture vultures
Pros & Cons
- Something a bit different
- Good value
- No reception desk at street level
- Basic facilities won't suit everyone