Travelling from Madrid airport to the city centre exit the airport concourse and catch the airport express/ Express Areopuerto/EMT. This is a yellow bus and comes in next to stand 10. Travel into the city, the terminus is Atocha-Renfe. It takes 40 mins for €5 and comes every 30 mins. You can then take a taxi from Atocha or walk up by the park to the hotel (20mins). If you are travelling from Madrid to, say, Cordoba or Malaga you leave from Atocha railway station, in which case you may wish to book in advance.
We found this hotel to be very well located, comfortable, generally quiet, good beds and lots of very good towels, and clean, with very hot water. We did not try the gym or swimming pool. Our room was on a split level and I had some anxiety about slipping down the steps if getting out in the night, but fortunately all was O K. The bedside reading lamp could do with improvement, or an extra focused light installed.
This is Spain and everywhere evening meals are taken late, especially compared with the UK or even more the USA. You need to be prepared for this. But it is a pity that the dining room does not start serving until 9pm. Until then if you need to eat in the hotel it will be in the small, not very inspiring, bar (same menu). In either place you need to make a reservaion as the dining room is invariably booked out. There are plenty of starters but the main course has 3 fish dishes and a tenderloin. The rest of the main course was a variety of burgers. For one night this was sufficient choice and the food was good. On the second night the experience was poor. We recommend instead the Traperia on Plaza Platenia de Martinez. (turn right out of the hotel, keep right past the police station heading to Atocha station. The Plaza is on the right). Prices are a fraction of the hotel costs, and the food is hot and good. We regretted that tea and coffee facilities are not available in rooms although you an have a complimentary morning tray between 5.30 and 6.45am. The best afternoon tea (half the price of the hotel) is next door at the Thyssen Art gallery. You do not have to pay a museum entry fee to enjoy the dining facilities. We appreciated the high speed guest internet. We did not think the hotel was used by tour groups.
The hotel gets 4* instead of 5* because of the negative comments above.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Villa Real is a five-star hotel in the centre of Madrid, located in the Plaza de las Cortes, right in front of the Spanish Congress of Deputies and just a few minutes on foot away from Puerta del Sol. It is a unique location for exploring the sites of 'Madrid de los Austrias' on foot and enjoying the museum triangle formed by the Museo del Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Queen Sofia Foundation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Real Hotel Madrid