This hostel is very friendly and welcoming. A group of us spent a long weekend in Madrid shopping, sightseeing and partying and really enjoyed our stay here.
Hostal Pizarro is located in the Malasana area, right next to the Chueca district (“Madrid’s Soho”), both of which boast with a great choice of bars and restaurants. Malasana is quieter and therefore a great choice, if you wish to stay somewhere local, but away from the busy bars and restaurants. The hostel is within walking distance of the main squares Puerta del Sol, Plaza de Espana & Plaza Mayor.
Walking is the best way to see Madrid and we didn’t end up buying the Metro pass. The easiest way to get from the Madrid airport is to take the pink Metro line and then change to blue line to Plaza Espana. Alternatively, in order to avoid any changes, there is also a bus service directly from the airport to the city centre, but Madrid Metro is easy to use thanks to clear signs.
The rooms were fairly small, but clean and very comfortable. The décor is Ikea, but it works. We all were very pleased with our rooms which had very comfy beds, a TV, a fridge, an air-con, a safe and a nice (spotless!) bathroom with a powerful shower. The towels and sheets were changed regularly.
Some of the reviews online seem to mention the street noise, but we found the hostel quiet, and did not suffer from any noise, although some in our group were fairly light sleepers.
Most importantly Hostal Pizarro exceeded all our expectations with regards to service. The staff were very friendly and helpful and gave good advice on the local area.
Please note that the hostel reception closes early. If you arrive late in the evening, it’s best to contact the hostel in advance, as there is no access to the building after 9pm without keys.
I would recommend Hostal Pizarro to anyone travelling to Madrid. Although this is only a hostel in paper, I have to give this establishment full five stars.
For a good and cheap breakfast, try the local cafes in Malasana, rather than the main squares, as those can be quite touristy.
If you visit Madrid, you should consider making at least one excursion out of the city, for example to El Escorial, Toledo or Segovia. Spanish trains are very convenient and self-guided trips are much cheaper alternative than those organised by travel agencies.
Centro del Reina Sofia is a must for those who like modern art.
For a spot of sunbathing, cross Plaza Espana to Temple of Debod which is a great picnic spot with good views over the Royal Palace. All museums have different opening times and many of them offer free entrance on certain weekdays.
- Also Known As:
- Hostal Pizarro Hotel
- Hostal Pizarro Hotel Madrid
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hostal Pizarro is located downtown in Madrid, in Chueca neighborhood, a well known district all over the world for its lesbian and gay discos and parties. We have 17 rooms with finished bath, with all kinds of details and combinations among themselves. ... more less
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