This hostal was really close to the Plaza de Sol (about 4 minutes walk from the metro), and there are loads of shops (including El Corte Ingles) nearby. Fantastic location. I was travelling alone, (a woman the wrong side of 50), and I wanted somewhere central, safe, clean, and cheap. It ticked all the boxes - cost around 30 euros for a single room, was clean and very central, and I felt completely safe. The staff there were also extremely helpful - they allowed me to leave my suitcase in their luggage store for a few hours after I'd checked out, which gave me more time to wander round without lugging all my belongings with me. To get to my room I had to go through the owners' family lounge, which felt a bit strange (especially as a couple of the older family members were watching the TV!); and when I got to my room, the noise from the street outside was horrendous. I had a miniscule balcony, with delapidated external wooden shutters, some glass French doors, wooden internal shutters, and curtains; even with everything shut AND earplugs, it was impossible to shut the noise out. However, it was quite fun just being able to look out on to the pedestrianised area below and just watch all the comiongs and goings of night-time Madrid! The hostal is on the 4th floor, with a lift, so it's not a problem getting luggage upstairs. I had no private facilities; there were 2 communal bathrooms available, and while both were clean, I didn't enjoy stepping out of the shower onto a damp shag-pile bath mat - not sure who'd been standing there just before me! Also, there was no soap or towels supplied in the bathroom, and I had to ask for a towel to use during my stay (it wasn't offered). They have a tiny kitchen, where you can help yourself to hot drinks, cereal and those little pre-packed croissants; crockery and cutlery is provided, buit you have to wash up after yourself, and I don't think the people who'd used the kitchen before me had been terribly thorough! It does mean, though, that you acn have something to eat before you leave. A better bet would be to wander 200 metres along the road and treat yourself to hot chocolate and churros at the famous Chocolateria de San Gines, for about 3 euros 50. I was grateful for the mini-safe in my room, and the staff at the Reception desk were very friendly, and I couldn't fault the location - although to get to the airport does involve two changes - no major problem as the Madrid metro is amazingly easy to use.
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