A charming early 20th century elevator takes you to this immaculate, well run, and modest (but neither dingy nor lower-class) hostal on the fourth (European third) floor of a nice old building just about 100 meters from Paseo del Prado. Ideal location from which to visit both the Thyssen and the Prado, each no more than a seven minute walk away. Closest Metro stop Anton Martin (Line 1) a ten-minute walk. Rooms are spotless and comfortable but spare: plenty of closet space, AC, small TV with local channels (you aren't visiting Madrid to watch television, are you?), somewhat spotty WiFi. Most rooms do not seem to have much of a view (unless you are into ventilation shafts and elevator counter-weights.) If you are a light sleeper you may have a problem: tile floors and thin walls throughout tend to amplify the slightest sounds, and if your neighbors are as stentorian as the leather-lunged Englishwoman in the room next door to mine you will surely be disturbed. (She did moderate her voice at my 7:30 AM complaint, however.) Restaurants and cafés abound in the immediate area (recommend Sanabressa on Calle Amor de Dios, popular with locals) as well as some very interesting shops. Laundry at the top of Calle Cervantes offers wash-and-fold service for €9 per load. There is even luggage repair close by! If you are new to the city and arriving at Atocha station with much baggage might be easiest to take a cab for about €6, otherwise by my clock about a twenty minute walk. Antonio was a gracious host, and he and his brother, Javier, were most patient and compliant with my constant requests to adjust my reservations. I would stay here again and, with the cautions noted above, I would recommend it to friends.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hostal Gonzalo Hotel Madrid