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hostal gonzalo
Ranked #30 of 420 Speciality Lodging in Madrid
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Reviewed 25 March 2013

This is not the place to stay in Madrid if you are seeking good-size rooms, spa facilities, in-house restaurants and a bar. However, should you merely require a small,clean, en-suite 'bolthole' situated in a superb central position close to the galleries, then look no further. My wife and I took the yellow Airport Express bus from outside of Terminal 1(collect luggage, turn right out of the exit doors,and walk about 150 yards to the yellow post) arriving some 25 minutes later at Plaza de Cibeles. The journey cost 5 Euros each and it was then a simple 7-10 minute direct walk to the hostal. This establishment shares with at least two other hostels but Gonzalo is situated on the third floor. The infamous lift is small, however I can happily report that there was not one occasion during our stay where the lift was not readily available.

Our room was street facing but we encountered very little noise during our four night stay. The room was sparse containing a double bed, a chair and small flatscreen TV (Spanish channels only). There was though ample storage space for clothes etc. There were no complimentary shampoos, shower gels etc. and we only had one plug for use in either the washbowl or bathtub, the latter being very much on the small side! The shower which was situated above the bath was of a good pressure and most of the time we had a good supply of hot water. My wife required the use of a hairdryer which was duly supplied by Javier and we were informed that we could keep it as long as it was required during the stay. There were no tea or coffee making facilities in the room.

This is a family run hotel and the balance between helpfulness and unobtrusiveness is in my view superb. There is no-one regularly sat at the reception desk, but wait a matter of a few seconds and someone will arrive to deal efficiently with your issue or request. We were continually provided with what can only be described as sound advice and recommendations depending on our specific requirements.
One of our requests was how best to get to the Real Madrid stadium. We were directed to the bus stop outside of the Prado (some 4-5 minutes walk away) and advised to take the Number 27 public bus which would take us straight to the stadium. This trip cost us 3 Euros (one way for 2 persons) and the bus drops you right outside the stadium. This cost effective 'tip' is worth knowing because the stadium tour, good as it is, then costs one about 18 Euros each.

As previous reviewers have reported, the hostal is situated in a really nice, 'off the beaten track' area of the city, despite being close to most of the main attractions. Plenty of welcoming bars and restaurants, but on the doorstep of The Prado, Reina Sofia etc. Breakfast is not served in the hostel, but again on recommendation we tried and settled on La Belle Bonbon Cafe in Las Huertas. This is a combined cafe and patisserie with the most delightful pastries. The bill for 2 pan con tomato, two large fresh orange juices and two pots of tea amounted to less than 10 Euros. It is only a 2 minute walk from the hostel (turn right out of the front door, first right again, and second right. The cafe is a short distance on the right side of the street).

There is a nice contemporary restaurant just along from the hostal called El Barril de las Letras, and which doubles as both a bar and restaurant. Menu is predominantly fish but we ate there on two occasions and each time found the food to be very fresh and tasty. The service was very welcoming and professional, although the restaurant doesn't start serving main meals until 8.30pm. Average price for our meal including wine was about 75 Euros.

On our final day, we had some time to kill before going back to the airport (again by the bus, but this time from the opposite side of the Plaza Cibiles to where we were dropped off on arrival). Having checked out of our room, It was no problem for the hostal to keep our luggage until our departure.

First time in Madrid, but we will be back and will have no hesitation whatsoever in staying again at this really well- run establishment .

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

We stayed here 3 nights, glad we did. The rooms are very small and sparsely appointed, but the bathroom was modern and since we chose an interior room it was extremely quiet (the street noise didn't seem that bad, in any case, if you happen to choose a room on the street side). The place was impeccably clean and Javier and his family are very responsive. Location is great, 10 minutes walk to the entrance of the Prado, the Reina Sofia, or Atocha train station. It is 3 flights up, in a classic old-city building. There is an elevator, which was working on 3 of the 4 days we were there.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 February 2013

This is the second time I have been to the Hostal Gonzalo. This time we (a friend of mine and me) only for one night on a travel stop in Madrid. We arrived early evening and left very early morning. Like already written in my first review, this is a wonderful little place in a great neighborhood of Madrid - easy to reach from and to the airport (we took the bus to Cibeles and walked 10 minutes). It's clean, efficient and I asked Javier the owner for a room with seperate beds. All was perfect. I would not go anywhere else in Madrid.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 January 2013

My husband and I stayed here for 5 nights and had a wonderful experience. This is a family-run business and the family/staff are very friendly, efficient, and helpful. The rooms are lovely, quiet, modern, and clean. The location is just minutes away from the major museums and sights. The surrounding area is full of nice restaurants, ships, tapas bars, and atmosphere. Both Miguel de Cervantes and Lope de Vega lived on this street. I highly recommend it.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 December 2012

Quite in the centre of Madrid, nevertheless quiet. Room, beds, toilet were clean and the hosts very friendly and helpful. Sometimes a problem: The old-style elevator does not come, when people on other floors forgot to shut both doors. But this helps to some exercise on the staircase.

Room Tip: Our room on the street-side was quite, especially when the double-shield window-doors were closed.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 November 2012

We read the reviews and wondered if it was going to be as good as expected... and it was. Spotlessly clean, warm rooms and bathrooms. Simple, but great value. Very helpful people running the place. Great location for seeing the sights of Madrid, all within walking distance. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 November 2012

For simple, budget accommodations this place is great! I was impressed with the obviously high standards for cleanliness here. Rooms are simply furnished (bed, desk and armoire) but are spotless. Floor is obviously mopped. Windows (at least on interior rooms facing courtyard) are frosted for privacy and easy to open (note, no screens). Bathroom is hospital-grade clean. Towels smell like Downey. No traces of mold on tile or shower curtain. The toilet, sink, bidet and tub sparkle. Zero water spots on mirror. Shower head is clean and delivers a nice strong shower. They supply a small bar of soap but no shampoo/conditioner so plan accordingly. If you aren't used to city living (i.e. NYC) you may surprised at how thin the walls are. Javier, the owner, is a hands-on operator and it shows. The hostal is located on the 3rd floor of a walk-up building, so be prepared to climb the beautifully polished wooden stairwell (good for you after eating all those tapas) and leave your big suitcases at home (by American standards, the elevator is the size of a hall closet).

Room Tip: Rooms facing courtyard are quieter.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled solo
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Address: Calle Cervantes 34 30, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Region: Spain > Community of Madrid > Madrid > Huertas
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 420 Speciality Lodging in Madrid
Price Range: £47 - £68 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — hostal gonzalo 2*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hostal Gonzalo is situated in a quiet street in the heart of the historical centre of Madrid, in a renovated building of the XIX century, 3 minutes walking from Prado Museum and Thyssen Gallery. Too you can reach easily by foot, Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Retiro Park...Comfortable rooms with private bathroom, TV, central heating,air conditiong and free wifi access. Free access 24 hours. ... more   less 
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