The Hostal Madrid is on the Calle de Esparteros, which is a surprisingly quiet street considering it is barely 200 meters from the bustling Puerta del Sol, Madrid's Times Square. The only time we were disturbed by the noise was one night when the garbage trucks came along at 3 in the morning, and even this was not too bad since the windows were double glazed, and there were internal wooden shutters that could be closed.
We were upgraded for the same price to an apartment next door, which had a full kitchen - we only used the fridge.
It's worth looking closely at the price for each night, because the room prices varied widely: Friday night's rate was more than double Wednesday's and Thursday's.
Since we were in an apartment there was no room service, but this was not much of an issue. The room was fairly bare bones but clean. I never got used to the little chandelier, and hit my head on it several times a day.
There was a quiet A/C unit that worked unobtrusively. There was an antique elevator which took a little getting used to as it had doors on adjacent sides.More
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