We had a great stay at the Tryp Rex on Gran Via. In fact, I am surprised by some of the negative reviews about this hotel - and really do wonder what exactly these people expect from a hotel that is such a good price in a prime location in a fairly pricey European city!! If you want perfection, I'm afraid you're going to have to pay a bit more than this place costs!
The location was absolutely perfect for exploring Madrid - we went everywhere on foot and all the major sights were very quick and easy to get to from the Hotel - it was no more than about a 10 minute walk for us to get from the hotel to any of the top attractions in the old city area.
We had the pleasure of meeting a lovely man on reception when we arrived very early (midnight-ish) on Saturday morning (Antonio, I think his name was..? He was missing a couple of fingers on each hand..). He was so friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble, and he quickly pulled out a map and started showing us all sorts of things to see, suggested walking routes, etc - including local tips and inside knowledge! He was one of the best reception staff we've come across - even better than some 5 star hotels.
Our room on the 4th floor was very spacious, spotlessly clean, and because we had asked for a quiet room (as we usually do), we didn't have any problems with noise at all (besides, even if we had heard the street noise outside, we probably would've expected it, having chosen a basic hotel in such a central location!).
We had a comfortable bed, lots of space in our room and bathroom, excellent and very quiet air-conditioning, and a brilliant shower with extremely good pressure. Ok, so the decor was a little dated, but for the price it was great value for money, very comfortable and functional, and realistically we didn't expect it to be overly flash given the price!
The only (minor) negative was that it seemed it was necessary to take one of the two lifts to get to and from reception (and therefore in and out of the front entrance), and because they were tiny and a bit touchy, it meant waiting for the lift a little more than you would usually. It wasn't actually a terribly long wait and it didn't bother us, but if you were a bit impatient you might care more than we did. Given that we headed out in the morning and then only came back to get freshened up before dinner - we were too busy out exploring the city - so it really wasn't a problem.
We think this hotel was perfectly good value for money. We got it nice and cheap through a package deal and were more than happy with it, and an excellent location for exploring Madrid.
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- Also Known As:
- Sol Melia Madrid
- Sol Melia Rex Hotel