We've just come back from a 5 night stay at Hostal Santa Barbara and I feel I had to write this review to offset the negative comments I read about the hostel on Trip Advisor. When we read the negative review, we had already booked and we were so shocked that we were about to cancel our booking. Fortunately in the end, we decided to give it a try because of its excellent location. It is not true that the place is where women of the night do their business nor that it is noisy. On the contrary, the guests there were young students who were very courteous and the hostel was quiet at night. In the flats beneath the hostel is a notary's office and a person in charge of security is at the ground floor. The plaza Santa Barbara is a tree-lined square with outdoor cafes and the mobile police were often seen doing their rounds. It is very close to Plaza Colon which is very chic and where many banks can be found. There is no curfew and we were given 3 keys to 3 different doors (including the front door). We could go out whenever we liked without having to ring a bell to go back in. The quad room we were given (we were 3 persons) was spacious and clean and so was the ensuite bathroom. But the best thing about the hostel was that it is just across the road (you just have to cross a zebra crossing) from the exit of the Alonso Martinez line which is such a relief when you return exhausted to your hostel.No breakfast was available but that was no problem with the innumerable cafes beneath and next to the hostel. On the downside, the staff did not speak a word of English (like most Spaniards)but we managed to communicate. The pillows were hard for my liking and the towels were harsh. However these are of little importance compared to the excellent location. We used to walk to Gran Via and Sol and thus economized on transport tickets.I would recommend buying 10 tickets for the price of 9.30euro.It's quite worth it when considering that a single ticket costs 1.50euro and moreover the tickets don't expire. You can use them whenever you like.
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