Clean and tidy in a newly renovated building, this modern hotel has the basic amenities of a 4-star hotel. The location is ideal: perfectly situated between Plaza de Santa Ana, La Latina, Sol, museums, Plaza Mayor. Our budget limit was 200 euros / night; we wanted the Santa Ana area. We stayed 7 nights.
We arrived at 8am craving sleep, and were given the option of a room immediately available but an upgrade: Superior for another 40/night... total of 240 euros / night. We took it.
It was comfortable, modern, had a nice bathroom and a step-out balcony. The Superior came w/ an electric kettle w/ tea and instant coffee. Don't know how the Standard or Premium rooms were but the Superior had 'adequate' space. I think the Premium was the same size, minus the balcony. Anything smaller, as I believe the Standard room is, would have been a bummer. The beds were comfortable.
We did not have the buffet breakfast, preferring to explore the area, but it looked good and was reasonably priced. There was also a comfortable looking bar and courtyard downstairs but I never saw people there so it didn't compel us.
The lobby was not a place to sit awhile, if you like to do that sort of thing. I would have preferred a hotel that had a lobby to a hang out, with a comfortable meeting spot (I was in the City w/ friends and family). I noticed other hotels we had passed up at the 200+ euro price range had nicer lobbies. For 240 euros / night, I wondered about next time seeking a more substantial-looking hotel w/ the trade-off of a less nice room.
Overall, I liked: the clean, new rooms and the location. I missed: having a comfortable lobby or bar to hang out in.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the center of Madrid and inaugurated in February 2011, very close to the Plaza Mayor and the emblematic Puerta de Sol, Catalonia Plaza Mayor is located in the best cultural and commercial area of the city. You can walk to the main museums (El Prado, Reina Sofia, Thyssen Bornemisza), theaters, bars and the main shopping area of the capital. It also offers free Wi-Fi, a gym, jacuzzi, free tea time service, snack bar cafe and restaurant for conventions and events. ... more less
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