“Abra-abra-cadabra I want to reach out and grab ya”. This Steve Miller song is how we felt about this cramped place that is advertising itself as a bed and breakfast. Being in the small environs of Abracadabra, we felt that any moment someone could grab us. Eduardo has divided what is an apartment in Old Madrid in to many small rooms. Most of them have a shared bathroom that is a long trek down the hall, past a small common area. The place is very dark due to few windows. My husband and I felt caged in due to the atmosphere of Abracadabra.
Abracadabra is really more like a hostel. While its location is great, what you get is hostel-like amenities. We stayed in two rooms. The first one faced the very busy Calle de Bailén and was just meters from a busy bar. If the vehicular traffic doesn’t bother you, the noisy late-night crowd will. We were warned about the noise, but figured if we could handle the noise of Manhattan, the noise here would not bother us. Only our exhaustion from a long flight helped us to sleep through the nights. The second room we stayed in had a private bath. The room was cramped, even by European standards. This room was quiet as it faced a residential courtyard.
While almost all bed and breakfasts in the world have a common area for its residents, Abracadabra does not have one. Eduardo is adamant about where one can go, and the small living room is off limits to all of the guests. It’s Eduardo’s kingdom so be careful not to step over the line. We were sternly reminded like children that the living room was private when we wanted to enjoy a bottle of Spanish wine. Even though Eduardo was nice enough to open our bottle of wine, he placed such restrictions on where we could drink our wine, making our night time experience not a pleasurable one. We basically only had the cramped dining room that had a table for four crammed with six chairs. As a previous reviewer stated, it is very necessary to have somewhere for guests to unwind (other than their room). A common area is a must for guests to chill or to talk to fellow guests.
We do not see why some many reviewers are worked up over breakfast at Abracadabra! What Norma is passing off as breakfast is something most bed and breakfasts we have stayed at across the world are not serving. It is basically a carbohydrates feast. Like most hostels, there are sugar-coated corn flakes. Toast is provided along with some yogurt. Every morning Norma brought us some sort of burnt cheese-filled pastry. The first time she served it we thought it was an accident, but it isn’t as she was consistent in providing the blackened pastry. One gets some juice, too. The morning meal was so bad that we left Abracadabra early on two mornings before our appointed time to eat. Our time was 08:30 to be shoehorned in at the table. Other guests had a later time due to the table seating a mere six people.
And, Eduardo has his own agenda. While he is a wealth of information when you check in, it seems that Eduardo wants you to visit specific things. He was not happy and basically treated us like children when we did not take his advice to see the medieval armor at La Real Armer.
If you’re looking for a more laid back place, you won’t find it here. If you are looking for a comfortable and enjoyable experience, you won’t find it here. If you are looking for a hostile-like (pun intended) environment with cheap prices, you have found the place. Abracadabra is not a bed and breakfast; it is a dormitory for out-of-town guests.
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21 March 2012
We didn't have any problem with this couple. They didn't like the place and we don't reply opinions.
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In order to avoid bad moments with another guests we copy below from Wikipedia the definition of b&b.
"""From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia"""
A bed and breakfast (or B&B) is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and breakfast
Typically, bed and breakfasts are private homes with fewer than 10 bedrooms available for commercial use
Usually the owners themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms .Some homes have bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests.
Abracadabra is like the definition, and like the pictures the guests placed in Trip Advisor. It's a small place with 7 small rooms (none of them less than 12 sq. mts) and you can have your breakfast at the breakfast room or in the kitchen, you'll never wait for it because we have two places for breakfast, not only one.We live here and my wife serves the breakfast. The place is beautiful, more than most of the hostals in Madrid, good price and good location.
You don't have common areas to have lunch or to have dinner or to spend your time during the day, or to chill-out but you have a computer free to use at the breakfastroom, or you can use your own computer there. We are honest and we don't need to deceive anybody, the place is beautiful, cozy, different and with a good location.
Please avoid bad moments and look for a bigger hotel in case you prefer more facilities. This is only a good b&b to stay for the price in the center of a big city.. We want our guests are comfortable here. In case you decide to stay here please don't expect more than we can offer and try to be happy!!
Eduardo and Norma.
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