The room was large and nicely decorated. It had a tub and shower combination, in a large private bathroom with modern fixtures. Our room had a large private terrace also. We were only in Madrid for two nights, though, so we didn't have time to enjoy the terrace. It looked perfect for sunbathing. It had lounge chairs as well as regular chairs. The hotel staff was helpful and they were very professional.
The hotel is about a block east of Puerta del Sol, so it was quiet, but conveniently located. After arriving at the airport, we took the airport bus to Plaza Cibeles - about 6 blocks east of the hotel - walked to the hotel. The bus entered a roundabout at Plaza Cibeles, so we were disoriented after exiting the bus, but two very helpful people at the bus stop pointed us in the right direction towards the hotel. From there, it was not difficult to get our bearings for the rest of our stay.
We had tapas that night at a restaurant/bar next door to the hotel. The tapas were so-so, but the drinks were generous and the service was friendly. Seemed like a locals spot; we were the only Americans in the restaurant. The next night, we took an excellent Tapas and Wine tour with a local tour guide - booked through Viator. The meeting place for that tour was at Plaza Santa Ana, which is about 3 blocks south of the hotel.
We also walked to the Almudena Cathedral on Sunday for Mass. They have a 5000-pipe organ which was played by an organist during services. That same day, we visited Mercado San Miguel and noshed on small plates, and we took the tour of the Royal Palace.
This was our first trip to Europe, and we'd been told that Madrid was just a large, unexceptional city. We enjoyed it far more than we'd expected to. The places we visited felt very welcoming and intimate - not at all the souless big city experience we'd heard about.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the historical, cultural and Shopping area of Madrid. Inside the landmark triangle formed by the Puerta del Sol, Alcala Street and Gran Via Street, surrounded by the best restaurants, shopping and entertainment areas. The hotel is one of expressions of most unique design of Madrid. A majestic building of the early 20th century, whose decoration has been designed by Tomas Alia, one of the most popular and recognized Rooms Designers in Spain. 62 Double rooms, four of those are Superior with private terrace, and one Junior Suite. All of those are exterior, perfectly soundproofed, with natural light, individual air-conditioning, Minibar, business area, Free WIFI, work desk, free safety box. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Quo Puerta Del Sol Hotel Madrid
- Quo Puerta Del Sol Madrid