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Hostal Horizonte
Ranked #356 of 437 Hotels in Madrid
Reviewed 29 July 2011

Stayed here at a small double room facing the street (facing the noisy Santa Ana direction).

Our bed is small for a couple. And we did get annoyed by the noises in the late night. So which room and rate one will get did contribute to the non-uniform ratings people posted here.

I feel the hostal may be understaffed and our room did not get cleaned up even once during the three nights we stayed.

Hostal Horizonte is decorated with a lot of antiques and collections the owner collected from his travel but the lighting is so low that I don't think many guests would be enticed to appreciate them.

Rent is cheap, so I do not complaint. Location is great (for Sol, three museums, airport and train), except if one will be coming from/going to the bus station direction. Taxi will cost 15 euro or more. Then, it'd be better to find something to trade more values off by 15 euro for a stay in Madrid.

It may be also a little too hot for the rooms facing the street during the summer. The shower is on the other side of the hostal so once you get sweaty, you have to think about whether to walk across the hall way just to get some moist.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 July 2011

The hotel is located a few floors up from the main floor and climbing the staircase leading to the hotel is an experience, with it's oddly spaced and warped wooden stairs. The decor inside the hotel is kind of quirky.
Julio, the man who runs the hotel, is very helpful and informative. He has designed his own map of the area surrounding the hotel with everything you might need: restaurants, museums, bars, shopping, the flea market, etc.
The hotel is located within walking distance of everything: five minutes to the Puerta del Sol, fifteen to the Prado and the Reina Sofia, and there is a subway a couple of blocks away, making access to and from the airport very convenient. We hope to get back to Madrid soon and would likely stay here again.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 June 2011

We stayed in the King Alfonso XII room which had its own bathroom. It was a nice quaint room and was greta for our three nights in Madrid. The hostal is close to del sol and the metro. It had free wifi and the room was of average size. The owner was freindly and gave us a map with some recommendations of places to visit. We would recommend this hostal for your stay in Madrid.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 June 2008

Our room was small and simple but adequate and clean. The building is a bit odd to be honest but very charming. Almost makes you feel as though you're wandering around a museum of sorts. The owner/manager while not overly outgoing was friendly and happy to accommodate requests and answer questions. Share bathrooms were very clean and the place was very quiet, hauntingly so at times. They also had free wi fi which was excellent.

Oh, and great location.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 October 2007

When I made the reservation I knew my plane was to arrive late in the evening. Julio, the hotel owner, was so kind to wait for my arrival. So a better start of my vacation is not imaginable.
The hotel has a very nice atmosphere because of the colors and the scent of incense; just as a vacation should be like: laid-back. The rooms also are decorated attractively. I had one of the smallest rooms, but it's good enough.
From the hostal to the plaza mayor is a 5min. walk. And although it's situated in a busy street the hostal itself is relatively quiet.
Julio is as nice as most Spanish people and can give you good advice when you want to see something specifically.
Though it has only been six days, this vacation made me want to move to Spain even more...

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled solo
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Reviewed 28 March 2005

I'm staying there now. It has 2 types of rooms - basic sleeps with shared bathrooms (very clean) and rooms with private bath. If you just need a place to crash, it´s fine. But you need to contact Julio by email because he is rarely around to answer the phone. I stayed there 2 days in mid March and then Easter weekend. He tends to be around in late afternoon only. So you must give him a definite arrival time by email. If you just show up he is unlikely to be there. Also the cancellation policy is tough. He requires a credit card for the bookings and will charge a day´s rate if you cancel in less than 7 days. I got stuck because of the cancellation policy. I tried to check out after 2 nights and was told that I would be charged a penalty of one night rate for "cancellation." I knew of this policy but thought it applied to cancelling a booking before it started.

So my advice is to use this hotel for short stays or as a back-up when availability is tight.

5  Thank skrnoz
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Reviewed 1 January 2005

A pleasant hostal in an excellent location, but I had the same experience as another reviewer - the staff played loud dance music that was impossible to block out. If it wasn't for the noise, I would rate this hostal higher (I was in the single/superior room featured on the website - small but fine for one person).

  • Stayed: December 2004
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Address: Calle Atocha n028, 20 B, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Region: Spain > Community of Madrid > Madrid > Huertas
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Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #356 of 437 Hotels in Madrid
Price Range: £32 - £109 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 214
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