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La Posada del Dragon
Ranked #75 of 438 Hotels in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 April 2012

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.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Luisspelaez, Director de Relaciones Públicas at La Posada del Dragon, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2012

Dear Horton 581,
We appreciate very much all you have written about us. And the time you have dedicated to do that.
We hope you can visit us shortly to enjoy in a different room you had once you stayed before of nice days in Madrid again.
We are really pleased about your review.
Dragon Team say hello.
Regards,
Luis

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Reviewed 29 March 2012

Plus points:
Location brilliant - right in the centre, short stroll to Plaza Major, loads of Tapas places right outside, 3 mins walk from Metro.
Staff: Very friendly indeed and super helpful - everyone, couldn't fault them.
Rooms: Bright, modern, funky, great little bathroom with rainforest shower. Satellite tv. Bed was super comfy with memory foam pillows. Rooms come in a few different styles but they all look pretty nice - just different design.
Food: Breakfast nice and coffee very good.

Minus Points:
Noise: Room on the first floor was noisy in the afternoon and late in the evening. The noise from the courtyard echoes right up the central area of the hotel. this was the only negative thing really - to be honest it wasn't really an issue for me but if you're sensative to noise, bear it mind.
Room: The rooms aren't large. The design is nice but if space is a premium - bear it in mind. Personally I found the room large enough.

Overall really liked staying here - was pleasantly surprised by the value. Would have been 5 out of 5 but for the noise.

Room Tip: Ask for a room higher up - may be quieter.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank JasmineHolidays
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Luisspelaez, Director de Relaciones Públicas at La Posada del Dragon, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2012

Dear Jasmine Holidays,
We want to say thank you for everything you have writen on your comment. We appreciate very much your time.
We have informed to person who is in charge to improve all things.
We would like to see you again to enjoy of another roomtype.
Dragon team say you hello.
Regards,
Luis

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Reviewed 24 March 2012

Like:
- very modern and stylish interior
- no carpets therefore very clean
- comfortable bed
- shower
- location is good

Dislike:
- no window to the outside
- the only mirror was a bit small and lights around it not ideal to look at yourself
- I experienced some noise from people having drinks in the court in the early evening (therefore hard to have siesta before going out later)

I enjoyed my stay. I recommend it to young travelers.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled solo
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Thank roomservice99
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Luisspelaez, Director de Relaciones Públicas at La Posada del Dragon, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2012

Dear RoomService99,
We would like to appreciate the comment you have writen on Tripadvisor site.
We also say thanks for the good things you put about your stay with us.
As per the negative details, we inform you we have just taken note: We are spending our time in order to find a mirror in which you can see you in a perfectly way with a the right ligth.
According to the window, we must to inform you that due to the hotel is an old guest house or old inn, we couldn't modify the structure of the building as per the spanish law. Also because of the fire programm.
The noise don't happen always, so we apologize for the inconvenient you suffer.
We would like to see you again shortly.
Best Regards,
Luis

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Reviewed 22 March 2012

Just returned from a long weekend in Madrid and we were really delighted with this hotel. We were given a complimentary drink when we arrived as reception (which is also the bar) was very busy. This was a nice touch. Very comfy beds, power shower and fluffy towels - all in a modern, rather quirky renovation of an old building.
Staff were all delightful and helpful : food was excellent, both breakfast and tapas.
All this is in the centre of a vibrant, characterful street full of restaurants and bars and within easy distance of most of the sights of Madrid.
Would definitely recommend to friends

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Sue O
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Luisspelaez, Director de Relaciones Públicas at La Posada del Dragon, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2012

Dear Sue,
First of all, thank you very much for your kind reply.
We are glad you were comfortable in the hotel and you coudl rest in the room. We have say hello from you to my colleague of front desk, bar and restaurant.
They also appreciate your words.
We hope we can see you in a short period of time.
Regards,

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Reviewed 21 March 2012

Overall - very pleased with the hotel and would definitely stay there again on our next visit to Madrid.
Positives:
- Location is hard to beat - you can walk to most attractions (Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Palacio Real), and Tirso de Molina metro station is apprx 5-minute walk away if you want to travel to further destinations. Atocha metro station (railway station) is only two stops away.
- Staff are very enthusiastic and friendly (thanks to Chemo for his recommendations for our upcoming trip to Barcelona!)
- The hotel is located in an old posada (inn) that has been renovated and opened as a modern hotel less than a year ago. The area where hotel is situated and the hotel itself have lots of character. Each room has its own style - different to traditional hotels, a bit funky and modern, with its own personality.
-The rooms are a bit minimalistic and on a smaller side, but very clean and had everything we needed including a safe.
-The bar downstairs has good food and drinks at reasonable prices.

On the negative side:
- the room is fine for a couple, but not so good for friends as bathroom doors are semi transparent not giving 100% privacy.
- we had room with a balcony, facing Cava Baja (street with many great tapas bars) and it did get noisy on the week-end nights but it seemed to be a lot quieter during the week.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Luisspelaez, Director de Relaciones Públicas at La Posada del Dragon, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2012

Dear Sancta Simplicita,
Thank you very much for you kind words.
We appreciate so much the time you have been spent in writing this review. We have said hello to Chema from you.
We take note for every details you put on your comment in order to improve them.
We invite you to come back again to enjoy in Madrid with all of us.
We know the bathroom doors are semi transparent and not giving you a 100% privacy. But, on the other hand, some people find them funny. Dont' be worried about it, because we will try to offer you a room with a bathroom located in a place where you have the privacy you need.
Thank you again for your review.
Best Regards,
Luis

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Reviewed 16 March 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights in March and loved it. Location is perfect, just a 2 minute walk from Plaza Mayor and surrounding by great tapas bars and restaurants.

The bar area downstairs is always busy with a great atmosphere and fantastic tapas.

We recieved a really friendly welcome and even though we arrived at 11am we checked straight into our room as it was ready.

Each floor in the room has a theme. The rooms are small, but very clean and gorgeous furnishings. Be warned - this may not be the place for you if you are sharing a room with friends rather than as a couple - there is no real segregation between the bathroom and bedroom, the toilet has a frosted door and the shower a clear glass one.

The only minor flaw was that as we were staying in 'winter' (was 23 degrees outside) the airconditioning was set to heat only, as a consequence we found the room quite hot and there was no way to cool it down. This wouldn't be a problem in summer though as they would re set it to cool.

Comfy beds, good hairdryer, shower amazing - what more do you need!

Would definitely stay again, a great find

Room Tip: Rooms have either a window or a courtyard view
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Luisspelaez, Director de Relaciones Públicas at La Posada del Dragon, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2012

Hi Sarah,
Thank you very much for writing a review on Tripadvisor. It is fantastic you spent good days here in Madrid as well as at the hotel.
We know bathrooms are not so private as expected, but we are sure, that's we make us different from the others, and people as you knew appreciate it and taking the advantage of this type of room.
As you know, we have various kind of rooms, we suggest you, once you come back, please you ask for a new different room to spend your free days.
About the hot in room, we apologize for that due to the weather is crazy. We have set the hot air in rooms until the cold is gone. Now is snowing in Madrid and the temperature is very cold.
Have a nice week Sarah,
Our very best regards,

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Reviewed 18 February 2012

We stayed here with our children aged 13 and 11 for four nights in February and would thoroughly recommend the hotel. The location is perfect - close to the Plaza Mayor, within walking distance of the art galleries and Royal Palace and on a street with plenty of excellent restaurants - and yet wonderfully quiet rooms. Breakfast was good - freshly baked croissants, pains aux raisins, yoghourts, fruit salad, freshly squeezed orange juice, fantastic coffee and hot chocolate for the children. There was also a cooked breakfast available, lots of fresh bread and preserves and delicious Spanish omelette if you had room. The rooms were funky in design - not huge, but with excellent showers, room safe etc. and comfortable memory foam mattresses. The hotel also has a lovely restaurant/tapas bar frequented by Madrilenos so you feel part of the place very quickly. Service was delightful - this is a new hotel run by enthusiastic and happy staff and deserves to do really well!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Luisspelaez, Director de Relaciones Públicas at La Posada del Dragon, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2012

Hi Sullivans,
Thank you very much for your review. We are pleased you spent good days in Madrid and you were comfortable at Posada del Dragón. We will going on working to improve our services in order to offer you all of our best for your next time.
Say hello to your family and regards from the Dragon Team!!!
Luis

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Address: Calle Cava Baja 14, 28005 Madrid, Spain
Region: Spain > Community of Madrid > Madrid > La Latina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#30 Business Hotel in Madrid
#45 Romantic Hotel in Madrid
#58 Luxury Hotel in Madrid
#120 Family Hotel in Madrid
Price Range: £55 - £162 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — La Posada del Dragon 4*
Number of rooms: 27
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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