HRC

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Address: Calle Angel 18, Madrid, 28005, Spain

Star rating:
3 star hotel

4.2

Great value in a central yet non-touristy Madrid location.

It’s not designery or anything, but is perfectly comfortable with a personal, rather than corporate, feel. This is my favourite part of Madrid, so I’m a bit biased, but I think it’s a great base for sightseeing and nightlife.

Location
4.5
90%
Eating/drinking
4
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.5
90%
Value for money
4.9
90%
Bedrooms
4.2
90%
Public areas
4
90%

Location

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.

Bedrooms

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.

Public areas

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.

Service

Friendly and helpful English-speaking reception staff.

Who stays there

Mostly tourists, of all nationalities.

Price advice

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.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Nightlife
  • Sightseeing
  • History

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent value
  • Away from tourist hordes
  • Basic facilities
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