I selected this hotel because it is a Marriott property. I was, admittedly, not familiar with the AC brand when making the reservation. It is relatively new to Marriott - at least in Spain. Having been to Madrid before and having no Marriott properties in the country, I was pleased to see that Marriott had added/purchased the AC and Autograph Collection hotels.
While the hotel is in a good location from the standpoint that it is quite convenient to the train station, museums, parks, shopping and public transportation - the hotel itself is on a seemingly sketchy street in a seemingly sketchy area. I was a bit disappointed when we arrived.
The front desk staff speaks marginal English which made checking in and asking questions somewhat difficult. The rooms are functional, but definitely no-frills. The website describes AC hotels as upper moderate tier lifestyle hotel brands with stylish urban hotels. I'm not sure this hotel fits that description. I found it to be very old and very dark.
On my next trip, I will select one of the Marriott Autograph Collection hotels. They are more expensive but I think will be worth the price.
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