This month I spent a week in the beautiful capital of Spain, Madrid. Together with a friend, I was looking for a cheap, but relaxed place to stay. We stayed at Hostal Madrid Sol, a small hotel, located at 500 meters walking distance from Puerta del Sol. In this article, I will tell you about my experience with the hotel and hopefully this information helps you to better decide on an accommodation in the capital of Spain.
From Hostal Madrid Sol it is just a two minutes’ walk from the lively Calle Huertas and a five minutes’ walk from Puerta del Sol. If you like shopping, Gran via Boulevard is only a 500 meters walk from the hotel. For us, it was a perfect location from where we could easily take the metro and explore the entire town, also by foot. There are many shops, cafes, and restaurants in the neighborhood.
The easiest way to reach the hotel from the Madrid Barajas International Airport is to take a metro to ‘Sol’ and to walk five minutes to the hotel.
The hotel is in an apartment complex in a street with many shops, cafes, and restaurants. It features a lift and a storage room. The rooms are small, but for us, this was not a problem, because we were mainly spending time outside the room. All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen television, a mini fridge and a brightly colored bathroom with a shower and free toiletries. Our room had a ‘small’ double bed. A hairdryer and a makeup mirror were also provided. When we arrived on the room, there was also some tea, coffee, and cookies available as a welcomes gift. Our room was located at the end of the hallway, across a back-office room where, especially in the morning, continuously people where entering. This was sometimes a bit noisy. I think a room at the beginning of the hallway isn’t better either, because you will hear noise from the outside door. A room in the middle of the hallway would be great I think.
This hotel has no facilities. There is no restaurant, so you should find a place for breakfast yourself. Luckily, there are plenty of places nearby where you can have the traditional breakfast, churros/porras! (Maestro Churrero) or just some bagels (Café del Príncipe) bread, croissants, or fruits. There is also a small supermarket in the street, where you can buy freshly baked bread or other things for breakfast.
The reception has some information about the (tourist) attractions in the neighborhood and city maps. There is also a storage room at the reception which you can use for free. In the evening and night, the reception is closed. You can enter the hotel with an electronic door lock. Even tough no staff was present during the evenings and nights, I always felt completely safe.
The hospitality of the staff is very good and personal. They asked every day if we slept fine, if we needed new towels, and if we were satisfied. Some staff spoke basic English. Other staff only spoke Spanish.
A double room can already be booked for, around, € 81,00 (two persons). A room with a queen-size bed can be booked for, around € 90,00 (two persons). You can book Hostal Madrid Sol through Booking.com.
This overview is a summary of the points written above. I’ll give a point from one star until five stars. One star is very bad and five stars is very good.
Room size: **
Room attributes: ***
Price – quality: *****
Although the rooms are small and there are no facilities, I can recommend this place because of its great location and exceptional staff! I will for sure stay another time at this hotel when visiting Madrid.
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