We travelled on 17.7.12 having only booked this holiday the day before so not much time to research properly! There is a free shuttle bus from the airport which was handy but we were told we had to call the hotel first - I think Reception may sometimes need to prompt the driver that someone is waiting! But it only took 10 minutes to arrive and around 5 mins to take us to the hotel. Although near the airport we heard no noise at all from aircraft. In fact the room was very quiet - couldn't hear our neighbours at all!
We had a standard room but I believe there are different types - some even had gym equipment in! The standard rooms are reasonably spacious with a very nice bathroom (full bath and shower, wash basin/vanity unit, toilet and bidet). There is a free safe and good size TV but we could only find one English speaking channel - BBC World News. Not a great deal of drawer space but adequate. You can tell the hotel is more geared to business travellers than tourists. We were told there would be tea and coffee in the room but there wasn't. We asked at Reception and they promised to sort it but nothing materialised. We also asked them to check the air conditioning as we couldn't adjust it but again nothing happened [it reached 43 degrees whilst we were in Madrid so we wanted it turned up!] On a more positive note when we arrived one of the wardrobe doors was jammed meaning we couldn't access the safe - Reception sent a man up straight away who fixed that problem there and then. The beds were comfortable but we found the hollow fibre pillows uncomfortable. Also whilst there was a spacious balcony there was no furniture which was a disappointment - none of the other rooms had patio furniture either which we found strange.
We'd booked for breakfast each morning which we were told by the booking agent was continental but as well as the usual cold meats, salamis, cheeses etc there were also fried, boiled and scrambled eggs, bacon (albeit Spanish style), sausages and mushrooms. Plus there was a nice selection of fruit, cereals, yogurts, pastries, cakes and even churros with chocolate sauce. We didn't eat any other meals at the hotel but we did notice they offered a variety of evening meals including a range of tapas for a rvery easonable price.
The main issue for us was the distance the hotel was from the centre of Madrid. We found the easiest and quickest way into central Madrid (the 'Sol' district) is by the Metro although there did also seem to be a lot of buses about too. The nearest Metro station is about a 20 minute walk away (Barajas Station). The Metro system is very cheap and there are plenty of free maps to help you. It's similar to the London underground with colour coded numbered lines. The Barajas station has a ticket office so just tell them the station you want and they will give you the ticket. The Metro is very spacious, clean and efficient. It takes 2 trains to get to the centre of Madrid roughly 30 minutes travelling, possibly 3 trains if going farther afield but you never have to wait more than a couple of minutes for any connection. It also appeared very safe from what we saw. Nor was it overcrowded but as we were there in July it's possible many spanish were on holiday themselves.
In summary, the hotel was ok apart from a few niggles but I dpon't recommend it if you're wanting to explore the city. Get a hotel nearer the centre.
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