Hostal Apolo XI offers very reasonably priced rooms in the heart of Madrid just steps away from Puerta del Sol. We booked a double room for around 30€/night for 3 nights. The accommodations are very basic but clean. The shared bathroom areas were almost spotless and while the rooms/beds were a bit tired, the sheets were fresh and the floor was swept. The staff's English was perfectly passable for hotel-related conversations.
That said, there are some areas for improvement. Walls are very, very thin (you can hear the person snoring two doors down) and the other guests were blasting music and speaking loudly well into the night. Another issue was that the entire hostal reeked of Spanish cigarettes. I normally have no problem with cigarette smoke, but waking up in the morning the smell was thick and nauseating. Upon returning home I had to wash all of my clothes twice.
For the price, I definitely recommend this hostal but only for a 1-2 night stay. If the hostal confined smoking to a certain area of rooms, did a better job of enforcing its noise policies, and upgraded the rooms even just a little it would be a fantastic place to stay.
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