Couldn't be better, right on Plaza de Santa Ana, with more pavement cafés and tapas bars than you could shake a stick at. Ten minutes' walk to just about anywhere, including the Prado museum and the shops around the Puerta del Sol.
There are 20 surprisingly spacious rooms, with wooden floors and neutral decor. You get a TV and there is free WiFi. Bathrooms are on the small side, with showers rather than bathtubs. Room 13 is a twin on the corner of the building overlooking the square, with two balconies. Number 21 has a double bed, and also has two balconies, but only gives onto Calle Principe. There are allocated rooms for smokers.
Just a basic reception area, but that's enough, surely?
Eating and drinking
The adjoining pleasant café is part of the hotel, where a continental breakfast is served. This is great, as you get a feel of the lively atmosphere in Madrid bars in the mornings, and of course you can order other things if you like.
Reception staff are friendly and helpful, but staff are kept to a minimum. Don't expect bellboys and butlers at every turn.
Who stays there
Anyone who doesn't want to blow their budget on an expensive hotel when they're going to be out most of the time, but can't cope with anything remotely grungy. Basically, most of us.
- Culture vultures
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- Excellent value
- Great location
- Basic services