Just to clarify for those who may not know it, the hostal in Spain is not a youth hostel but a low budget, no frills, small hotel (usually in apartments buildings) that offer rooms with either private or shared bathroom facilities. I have lived in Madrid for over a year and have often looked for accommodation for visiting friend and family so I am pretty familiar with the "hostal scene" of the town. Among all the places I have seen, this is definitely a real find!
Location is perfect, right off Calle Arenal: 5 minutes walk from the Opera House and the Royal Palace on one side, and 5 minutes walk from Puerta del Sol on the other side (and 2 metro stops at the same distance!).
Beside the quite shabby entrance to the building (which is a constant of Madrid's hostels which seem to never have well groomed entrances!) the hostel was a surprise. After a very quick check in, I was assigned a small (I was alone so it was a single room) but incredibly neat and clean room with a nice window on the street below. The bathroom was once again small but super clean and functional. The rooms was basic but perfectly comfortable and well cared for. They serve no breakfast (as in all the hostals) but right below, on Calle Arenal, there are about 1000 bars and coffee places, including Starbucks.
I paid 45 euros per night for a room with private bathroom and I'm sure I'll stay here when I go back next time. I could never find something so cheap and comfy in such a central location!
Since it's only a few steps away. if your are coming back from a crazy disco night (Joy is just a few stesp away) stop at the Chocolateria San Gines (Pasadizo San Ginés, 5) and have the best churros con chocolate in town :-)
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