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Astoria Hostal
Ranked #30 of 277 Madrid B&B and Inns
CINCINNATI
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Why go elsewhere?”
Reviewed 11 November 2013

We chose Hostal Astoria for location - near major museums - and price - modest. There is no reason to go elsewhere: clean, firm beds, lots of hot water in the shower, good maid service, 24-desk multilingual staff and video security and a quick walk to good eating, Puerto del Sol and Plaza Mayor and museums. A couple caveats: if the sound of someone else's plumbing/shower bothers you, this might not be your choice. You'll hear it. Also, it might well be noisier inside during summer than it was in November, especially if the clientele is young adults rather than old farts like us. Part of the problem on the fourth floor was the curious choice of faux wood flooring. It magnifies the sound of every heel click. Get used to it. The place and staff are worth it. We'll book here again if we return to Madrid and will recommend it to our friends. It already has a 2012 accolade from TripAdvisor posted at the front desk. Oh, and the price(s). They go up on holidays and weekends and down other days. Range is from low to modest. Ask.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2013

Great central location just a few mins walk from Puerta del Sol, and very friendly, welcoming staff. This place really fell far short of expectations; the two rooms I stayed in were very different from the selection of photos. The rooms were very tired and in need of updating, and the sanitary ware in the bathrooms was very worn and chipped.

My main problem was with noise from neighbouring rooms. I don't believe that the fellow guests were being particularly noisy, but I could overhear every phone conversation, every text message alert, and what they were doing in their bathroom! In summary, great if you want somewhere cheap and central but make sure you bring earplugs!

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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72 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2013

The hostal has a great location, close to important touristic points. The staff was always friendly. The room was not to small compared to other places with the same budget. It had good beds with a good air conditioner. The only problem was that at the first day the shower was not working well. I asked to fix it, but it was only done on the following day. I thought it was a very good deal for the price we paid (135 euros 2 people 3 nights).

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Manila, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2013

Hostel is perfectly situated in the heart of Madrid, only a few minutes walk from Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Cibeles and the strip of museums. What makes it better is how affordable the rooms are!

Our experience would've been better if they had nicer staff. They were not warm at all; they seemed hesitant to answer our questions and it felt like they wanted to end our conversations immediately. It would help to be nicer to guests ;)

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Bonn, Germany
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87 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2013

If you are visiting Madrid, and you are looking for a 5 star Hotel because you want to walk around much, than this is the right one. Absolutely. 30 Euros for one night and in the very center of madrid, plaza mayor, sol, gran via, huertas, everything is in waking distance, and it is soooo quiet, you can enjoy the day and night! the room is absolutely clean, staff are funny and helpful. the room is maybe little, and they dont have room service or spa, but again,this kind of hotel in this situation will take you more than 70 euro in cities like paris or berlin. So take it!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2013

We were booked on the fifth floor which is a two star floor, but the receptionist gave us a room on the fourth floor which was a 3 star for the same price. The hostel room was small but enough for me and my boyfriend. We had everything such as TV, a good air conditioner, hydro message shower, towels and face towels which where changed eveyday, shampoo, conditioner, shower jell, moisturizer, comb, needle and some string for emergencies, iron board, safe, wardrobe and best of all the balcony with two chairs and a small table. It was fantastic! The receptionists were very helpful and spoke very good English. We had everything we weren't expecting to have. We really enjoyed our stay :)

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chesterfield
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2013

This was such an excellent hotel, an undiscovered gem in the heart of the city. Impressive from the start. Perfectly located, spacious and spotless lobby with staff who speak English. They can help find places using their internet, and they also have city maps. The corridors have individually lit pictures. I had a single en-suite room, faultlessly clean, everything worked perfectly. Adequately sized and plenty of wardrobe/cupboard space. My particular room was very quiet.

Room entry was by card not key, and the card must be placed in a slot by the door to activate the electricity. Although on the fifth floor, there is a good sized elevator. Flat screen TV, alas nothing in English, so you spend the week watching the music channel.

Located only a few minutes walk East of Puerta Del Sol, the defined centre of both Madrid and Spain, (see the plaque in the square, always someone having their picture taken). Stay here and there is no need for the subway. The Spanish palace (Palacio Real) to the West is a 20 minute walk, and the Prado, East, a 15 minute walk. Also, within a few hundred metres there are dozens of bars for the evenings.

Quality beer is hard to find, try "Naturbier" at Plaza De Santa Anna. For Belgian beer, try "Cafeeke" on Calle del Cuchilleros, South West of Plaza Major, they have an extensive range.

But avoid "Cafe & Te", just West of the hotel. The waiter told me they only speak Spanish, no English, and rushes you to order. Strange because other branches of "Cafe & Te" in Madrid are excellent, and I would recommend them.

People have said "hard to find". The street entry door is narrow. From Puerta Del Sol, take the right hand road East, (Carrera San Jeronimo), towards the Prado. About a five minute walk, South side of the road, there is actually a sign, but mounted high up on the building.

I have stayed at few hotels I found more comfortable. The prospect of staying here encourages me to re-visit Madrid.

Bear in mind, half the fun of Madrid is not in the city, but in all the excellent attractions out of town, within an hour. Toledo, Segovia, Aranjuez, Avilla, Salamanca, El Escorial, Santa Cruz Del Valle De Los Caidos. Just out of town the "Museo Del Aire", all first class attractions.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Astoria Hostal
Address: Carrera San Jeronimo 30-32, 5th floor, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Region: Spain > Community of Madrid > Madrid > Huertas
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 277 B&Bs / Inns in Madrid
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Astoria Hostal 2*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hostal Astoria is in a 19th-century building, 250 metres from Madrid's Puerta del Sol, and offers free Wi-Fi. Some rooms have a hydro-massage shower, and some have a private sun terrace. Air-conditioned rooms at the Astoria feature wooden floors, and have a TV and safe. The private bathroom comes with a hairdryer. The Astoria guest house has a lounge where guests can relax. There is a vending machine for coffee and drinks. Many bars, shops and restaurants are within a short walk. There is a 24-hour reception, and you can hire a car from the tour desk. The Prado Museum is within a 10-minute walk of the Astoria ... more   less 
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