We had booked a triple room and one superior double room, however on arrival we were told that they did not have this combination available on the same floor, and so would we mind having the triple and a normal double. They said the only difference was that the superior had a terrace, however the double was actually a larger room, we accepted this as didn't expect to make much use of a terrace anyway and were pleased to find that both rooms still had small balconies, the double facing the street and the triple looking out towards the Casa de Campo. From the front balcony the palace and cathedral were visible.
We found the rooms hot at night, as the radiators could not be turned off directly, however with the windows open this was not too bad. At no point did we find noise to be a problem. Although not a problem for us, there were no English language channels available in the rooms. The rooms were very clean and adequately equipped.
The location is great, there are several restaurants and cafe/bars next door to the hotel (San Antonio cafe on the left of the hotel as you go in is recommended for a simple but tasty cheap breakfast) there is also a small supermarket and directly opposite is the Príncipe Pío shopping centre, with a fairly standard selection of chain shops. Despite not being right in the centre Príncipe Pío metro station is directly opposite and it is a short direct journey to the Ópera station (in plaza Isabel II) which is in short walking distance of many major sights (such as the Plaza Mayor, Palace and more) and has good connections to all others.
There is a lounge which fills the first floor as well as a snack area and small terrace at the top, both have vending machines and in the lounge there is a coffee machine. Teabags and capsules for the coffee machine can be bought for €1 but hot water and milk is provided, so you could buy your own coffee/tea or food to eat there. There are also two computers and a printer which are free to use.
Overall the hotel was great for a short stay, functional, comfortable and in a good location for a very reasonable price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Acta Madfor is a 3star hotel with 102 rooms, located in the center of Madrid, within walking distance of the Royal Palace and Casa de Campo and minutes from one of the main arteries of the city. The hotel, with a modern design, offers customers the best features of comfort and relaxation, and has, from its sun terrace, one of the most spectacular views of the entire city of Madrid: the Royal Palace with its Gardens of Sabatini and Cathedral de la Almudena. Shuttle bus: Pick up and airport transfer with additional cost. For more information you can contact the hotel directly. ... more less
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