Although central, the hotel is in a somewhat secret corner of Madrid, opposite the Basilica de San Francisco and near the Royal Palace. It is the only hotel around here and you will see mostly locals rather than tourists in the nearby bars and restaurants. It is also handy for the tapas bars of Plaza de la Paja and Cava Baja. Between La Latina and Puerta de Toledo metro stations, the hotel is also near the Rastro flea market which takes place on Sundays.
There are 38 rooms on five floors. Décor is simple but tasteful with striped hessian walls in green, blue and cream. I was surprised that although it is only a three-star hotel, my bathroom had a bathtub with both a rose showerhead and a handheld shower; no hairdryer, but that is standard in a three-star. Most of the rooms give onto the narrow Calle Angel or the busier Calle Bailen. Double windows keep out most of the street noise, but ask for one of the quieter interior rooms if you think it might bother you.
There is free WiFi, but as the modems are on the ground and top floors, ask for a room on the first or fifth floor to get the best signal. It was hopeless on the third floor where I was, but fast in the ground-floor café. You can smoke in all rooms, but this is likely to change when stricter legislation comes into force.
Just a reception area.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast is served in a pleasant café which is also open to the public and serves sandwiches and snacks all day.
Friendly and helpful English-speaking reception staff.
Who stays there
Mostly tourists, of all nationalities.
If not included in your room rate, basic breakfast is 2.60 euros. There is an adjoining garage in which to park for 17 euros a day.
- High-Speed Internet
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Excellent value
- Away from tourist hordes
- Basic facilities