Disclaimer: I travel for a living and am in hotels about 3 nights a week. Also, I’m understanding when it comes to hotels and have (in my opinion) a fair measure of tolerance for hotels. Also, when I travel for pleasure, I am usually on a budget and there to see the city and not the hotel. My primary goal is to find a hotel that is clean, in a safe and centralized location and a good price (really, I just need a place to rest my head).
We stayed at the Posada Del Dragon for two nights this week and we loved it. The rooms were very clean, comfortable, quiet and trendy. The hotel itself was different, charming and had an awesome atmosphere. The location was safe and ideal for walking around and enjoying the city. You would really have to put this hotel under a microscope to find things wrong with it, but since most people let the negative overshadow the positive I’ll try and outline what some people might not enjoy about it, especially if you’re used to commercial hotels.
- The hotel is very easy to get to, but if you’re taking the metro from the airport, there is no real direct way to get to the location of the hotel. You have to take at least 3 metro trains (lines 8, 10, 5) to the stop La Latina (in my opinion the closest), which took us about 1 hour to go from airport to hotel. It took us 45 min to go from hotel to airport because we were more familiar with the metro system.
- Room was a little stuffy. The hotel air is on a ‘winter/summer’ a/c system and when we were there it was still on the ‘winter’ system. There IS an a/c control in your room though. Don’t confuse this in thinking there is no a/c. The center atrium is actually outside, so we just cracked the door for a few minutes and were comfortable the rest of the night.
- Noise? I read other reviews about the walls being thin or noise coming up from the café downstairs. I never noticed anything, even with the door cracked. Not a peep. Of course, I’m also a sound sleeper.
- No room clock. This bothers some people. I use my phone anyway and you can request a wake up call from downstairs. Trust me, the phone will wake you up!!
- If sharing a room with parents, the bathroom walls are made of glass and pretty open. AWESOME for couples, AWKWARD for non-couples.
Quick obscure positive:
- Restaurants or grocery store around the corner. We ate out for dinner, then would swing by the grocery store and grab some bread, cheese and wine for the room and also some breakfast for in the morning.
This was a great hotel. I would definitely recommend it and stay here again. Hope it helps.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique Hotel & Bar in the city centre in Madrid. The Posada del Dragon was built as a local barn. Its name comes from the mythical dragon that guarded over the area of “Puerta Cerrada”. And in 1868 was converted as a guesthouse by the Marques de Cubas. The story tells that traders, handsome swordsmen and loyal squires were accommodated here. It is also located in one of the most popular areas in Madrid city called 'La Latina'. Posada del Dragon is situated only 100 metres from Plaza Mayor and 700 metres from Puerta del Sol. Only 1500 metres away you can find Prado Museum, Thyssen Bornemisza Museum and Reina Sofia Museum. Almudena´s Cathedral, Royal Palace and Plaza de Oriente are located 800 metres away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Posada Del Dragon (Madrid) Hotel Madrid