My mom and I (Riia) booked a standard room coming from Finland, and my brother and his family booked independently a superior room, coming from Bulgaria. I had emailed the hotel, in English, a few weeks prior to arriving, asking if we could have a smoking room and if they might be able to situate us close to each other. I never received a reply, but when we got there, it turned out we had a room on the same 5th floor as my bro’s family.
Even though our room wasn’t as big as theirs, it was about the same in décor. They just had a bigger bed, which, sleeping with mom instead of my wife, would have been great – or at least we could have used two separate beds. They also had a bigger bathroom and the bedroom, but that was neither here or there, as the sizes of ours were bigger than most standard rooms.
Same size balconies and the balconies were BIG. And even though the hotel had told us there’s NO SMOKING anywhere (except in its bar/café, or outside/inside by the sliding front doors), we of course broke the rules and smoked on the balconies (so sue us? Petty rules for petty people, or should I say the government of EU?).
The staff was very friendly and helpful, although few of them knew English that well - usually better than my Spanish though!
The location was great. Next door to several coffee shops, and only a block or two away from ‘the action’ like Gran Via and Puerta del Sol. If you want shops right by your hotel, this would not be it, you’ll have to walk a little, but they are not far.
The food in their café/bar and in their restaurant are overpriced, but again, the service is incredible. For example, in the bar, they give you free tapas with drinks. Their restaurant probably keeps advertizing 50% off paellas, and when the ‘original price’ is 32 euros, the 16 euros is still way too much.
Check out the Restaurant Paella de la Reina very close by – the quality of food is superior. But for the respect of the staff at the hotel, they found out the phone number of a (competing?) restaurant, and made us reservations.
It’s hard for me to believe Hotel Regina is rated only 3 stars – I’d rate it at least 4. I very much enjoyed the stay there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Regina has a superb location in the heart of Madrid, next to the famous Puerta del Sol and in front of the Sevilla metro station. It has a rich buffet breakfast, and free Wi-Fi access. The hotel offers a variety of modern and stylish rooms with air conditioning, pay TV and satellite TV, large work desk and private bathroom with free toiletries. The Restaurant Amayra serves Mediterranean cuisine prepared with seasonal, local ingredients. The restaurant also has a wine cellar featuring over 60 international wines. Hotel Regina is ideally located for visiting Madrid's most popular sights. The Prado and Thyssen museums are a short walk away ... more less
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