Just off the Plaza Mayor and a stone’s throw from the metro station in the Puerta del Sol, this is downtown Madrid writ large. Ok, it’s a bit touristy around here, but what the heck? I just love this location. You’re steeped in history, surrounded by handsome Habsburg architecture, near all the sights and you could spend weeks trying out the bars and restaurants in the immediate vicinity. And then there’s the shops…
There are 71 rooms and suites packed into what looks like a very small building from the outside, but actually spreads out a long way. All rooms have computers, but upgrade to a High Tech room to get an exercise bike and king-sized bed. Family rooms are available with flexible sleeping arrangements to suit your needs. There are adapted rooms for people with disabilities, non-smoking rooms, and the hotel is pet-friendly too. There's free cable internet connection and WiFi.
With lots of beams and open brickwork, and a lovely original staircase, it has oodles of charm but also manages to fit in all the 21st-century gadgetry for which hotels in the High Tech group are renowned.
Eating and drinking
Only buffet breakfast is available, but the surrounding area is packed with restaurants, tapas bars and cafés.
None, but there are exercise bikes in the superior High Tech rooms.
Professional and helpful.
Who stays there
Tourists who like a bit of character in their hotels, but don't want to do without mod cons and comfort.
Not surprisingly, this is one of the most popular Petit Palace hotels in Madrid, so don't leave it till the last minute if you want to stay here. Reserve a few weeks ahead for good rates. The buffet breakfast is 10 euros per person, which is good value providing you are going to have more than a piece of toast and a cup of coffee.
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Travellers with pets
Pros & Cons
- Historic location
- Good mix of character and comfort
- Touristy environs