Gala

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Address: Costanilla de los Angeles 15, 2nd floor, Plaza de Santo Domingo, Madrid, 28013, Spain

Star rating:

4.6

Incredibly stylish with a laidback vibe – at a budget price.

Opened in June 2010, the Gala is a great example of the new wave of no-frills, low-key designer hotels in Madrid. Owners Jaime and Almudena have clearly put a lot of thought – not to mention flair for design - into creating a contemporary, comfortable environment. When you see and stay in as many hotels as I do, it’s a real breath of fresh air to come across somewhere like this.

Location
4.7
90%
Eating/drinking
n/a
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.7
90%
Value for money
4.8
90%
Bedrooms
4.6
90%
Public areas
4.6
90%

Location

It’s on the second floor (with lift) of a 19th-century building right in downtown Madrid, a stone’s throw from Santo Domingo metro station. The Gran Vía and Puerta del Sol are a couple of minutes’ walk away.

Bedrooms

The 22 rooms are all different and done out in soothing grey tones, and black and white geometric patterns, with wooden floors. 212 is the biggest, a junior suite with a leather sofa.There is free WiFi, air-conditioning and bathrooms have hydromassage showers. Irons and ironing boards are available too. Several rooms are triple bed arrangements.

Public areas

There's a pleasant reception and lounge area.

Eating and drinking

There are coffee and soft drinks machines in the lounge area. Breakfast is not available, but there are dozens of cafés in the immediate vicinity.

Service

You deal with real people rather than ‘staff’. Quite a luxury these days.

Who stays there

This is the kind of place regular visitors to Madrid really love.

Price advice

Free WiFi.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • First-time travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Singles
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping
  • Trendiness
  • Sightseeing

Pros & Cons

  • Good value
  • Well designed
  • Central location
  • Some corridor noise
  • No breakfast
Book now (price from £33.90)