I live in Spain, but needed a relaxing weekend away from home to catch up on R & R. After researching on the web, I chose this hotel for quietness (I am very fussy about noise), relaxing quality of having a garden and closeness to major Madrid museums--Prado, Thyssen and Reina Sofia. I also wanted a hotel where I could enjoy spending a fair amount of time reading in my room, so the room had to be pleasant and comfortable. This hotel lived up to my expectations and more.
My room--311--was very big, with everything needed: window with small balcony looking over the garden, with lots of sun in the afternoon. There was also a sitting area with a small sofa (pull-out, I checked) right next to a kitchen area (fridge w/ complimentary beverages, stovetop, microwave, sink and some dishes). The kitchen area was nicely hidden behind mirrored folding doors. In addition, for writing or using computer, there was a desk designed for two people to work at the same time. The room was incredibly sound-proofed. If I opened the balcony window, I could hear the splash of the garden fountains (so nice!) and voices from the garden terrace. When I closed the window, these sounds completely disappeared. I was here in fall, when people were not eating out in the garden, but this sound-proofing would be important in summer. The room was tastefully decorated in a combination of blue and yellow.
Bathroom was very nice and big too, with long tub for soaking. It was nicely supplied with toothbrushes, etc.
In terms of what the room included, my only complaint would be the lack of radio. There was a tv, whose remote control said "radio", but when I clicked on this feature, I got a message on the tv screen saying there was no radio feature. A call down to reception confirmed this.
If you are looking for a hotel close to Sol, i.e. the busy shopping center of Madrid, this is probably not the place for you. Sol is about 30 minutes walking distance (and much of the way uphill). If you like to walk, this is fine---even nice to stretch your limbs--and you do not have to go through sketchy areas to walk to the center. And if you are looking for a hotel that is removed from this noisy, crowded and touristy area, yet within walking distance of the major art museums I mentioned above, this area is ideal. The hotel is 3 minutes away from the Paseo de Recoletos (ideal if you are coming from Chamartin train station---just take the "tren de cercanias" to Recoletos, get off and walk). It is 10 minutes walk from the Prado, and 20 minutes walk to the Retiro (major Madrid park). The Casa de America (for those interested in all to do with Spanish America) is 5 minutes away. As I mentioned above, Sol and the Gran Via area is about 30 minutes walk. Check into the subways with the reception staff.
Breakfast is sublime! An enormous spread, with hot and cold food for all tastes. The home-made yoghurt is incredible. You eat looking out on the central garden.
I didn´t need much from the staff, but whatever my questions were, they were unfailingly polite and helpful. I heard reception and also a waiter speaking English with some guests and their English seemed to be fine for basic communication.
Although I went alone one night, and my husband joined me the next (his opinion was equally favorable), I think this hotel would be good for bringing children because of the space, the kitchen and the soundproofing.
Price: I reserved at the last minute, directly with reception, and the price I paid was 138 euros (including VAT tax) for single occupancy. The night my husband stayed, we paid
approx. 10 euros more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Completely refurbished during August 2013, the hotel VP Jardín de Recoletos is located just a few steps from Retiro Park, Puerta de Alcalá and the National Library. VP Jardín de Recoletos is the perfect choice for a stay in Madrid because of its 43 spacious rooms, its beautiful garden and its excellent location in the heart of the city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jardin De Recoletos Hotel Madrid
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