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Only YOU Boutique Hotel Madrid
Ranked #5 of 445 Hotels in Madrid
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Detroit, Michigan
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“A Fun, Vibrant Place Nestled in a Cool City”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

Our tour guide in Madrid even mentioned that the Only You has become a cool place for people to just hang out in the bar, and you could definitely feel that vibrant atmosphere at this hotel without it feeling overbearing. The room was comfortable and spacious, and one great asset is the hotel's location. Very close to the Gran Via and walking distance to a number of sites as well as close to the subway station. We stayed here for two nights, and it was our last stop in Spain.

Two things about this hotel really stuck out for me that made the visit extremely enjoyable. First, the staff is very friendly. You have to pass the front desk in order to get to the elevators, and each and every time we were met with a "Hello! How are you? Has your day in Madrid been enjoyable?" It was nice to stay in a place where the staff actually cared! Second, breakfast was included for my family, and it was really nice because it was restaurant style rather than buffet style which was such a pleasant surprise for us. The waitresses were friendly and very attentive. The food was nice. My mother is a vegetarian, and they were very accommodating with her request for vegetables to be put into her crepe rather than meat. That is above and beyond service! Definitely recommend people to stay here.

Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Ayre Hoteles A, Guest Relations Manager at Only YOU Boutique Hotel Madrid, responded to this review, 21 June 2014
Dear NBalak,

The team at the Only YOU Hotel & Lounge would like to thank you for such a lovely review!

We will let the team know about your nice words and kindness!

Can't wait to see you back at the Only YOU... We will be very excited to welcoming you again!

Kind Regards,

Guest Relations Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

Our 2 night stay at Only You Hotel was the perfect way to end our vacation around Portugal and Spain. The hotel is located off a small and quiet street, away from the crowds of people and city noise. However, a few minutes walk away and you can find where all the "action" is. I believe the hotel is located just outside Salamanca district where a lot of trendy restaurants and shops are located.

When my husband and I arrived at our hotel around 11:30PM (dressed very tourist-like in shorts, t-shirts and flip flops), we felt like the ugly couple trying to crash a very cool party. The lobby, bar and lounge areas had a very New York city chic design, ultra trendy with a splash of cheekiness. I felt like I was in the opening scene of a CSI New York episode, where everyone is dressed to impress and all looked like supermodels. Even the guys at the front desk were all ridiculously handsome (definitely not a complaint on my part!!).

I reserved a Premium room, which met all my expectations as pictured on the website in terms of space and design. I particularly like that the shower was enclosed in glass and quite spacious for European rooms. Our room had an interesting walkway (if you call it that) separating the bed from the windows overlooking the courtyard. You can definitely feel a level of cheekiness in how things are designed. It's kind of hard to describe. The best thing I liked about the room was that it was super quiet. I am a light sleeper and not used to city noise, so the location of this hotel was perfect for me.

Breakfast is not included and we ended up having coffee at the bakery diagonal to the hotel, which I recommend if you like pastries. As noted above, there are a lot of restaurants within a short walking distance away. The Madrid Palace is walkable (maybe 10-15 minutes if you know your way). On the map, the Retiro Park looked close, but we didn't have a chance to explore it.

Despite feeling like the ugly ducklings, I really liked this hotel and I would stay here again. The ridiculously handsome staff were really helpful and treated us very nice, even if we looked so out of place. However, the next time I return, I would have to pack my Gucci and Prada and leave the flip flops in the suitcase!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ayre Hoteles A, Guest Relations Manager at Only YOU Boutique Hotel Madrid, responded to this review, 21 June 2014
Dear OCragazza,

Wow! It is a pleasure to read such a nice review about the Only YOU Hotel & Lounge!

As you said, the hotel is very well located in central Madrid but away from the crowd and the noisy areas. You can be in Gran Via in just 5 minutes walk!

Thank you very much for the compliments about our staff. We are here to help you!

And please, do not worry about what you were wearing, you are as special and spectacular as our hotel building. A great hotel for awesome guests!

Kind Regards,

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014

Location: We liked the location, about a 15 minute walk to Retiro Park and the Thyssen Museum, it is also about a 15 minute walk to rough, seedy Plaza Mayor (which we did not enjoy.) There is a fantastic bakery kiddy-corner from the hotel. The small pastries and cookies there are excellent quality and value.
Hotel Bar: Excellent and friendly service.
Room: The room layout varies widely within a price class. We fortunately declined the front-facing Premium Double with the sink in the bedroom and the minuscule shower/toilet area. We chose the Premium room overlooking an interior courtyard; it had a large bathroom, 2 small closet areas, and a place to stand up our 2 large suitcases. The bedroom itself was so small that my husband told me he felt claustrophobic; the bedroom itself had no window. The windows were in a galley area.
Bed: The bed was firm and the first pillows were like heavy undeniable un-dentable bags of wet sand. On the 2nd day I requested soft down pillows. I received, instead, foam pillows. Yes, better than the sandbags, but not down.
Breakfast: Breakfast staff was truly extraordinary. Fresh orange juice was great. However, the rolls and pastries were not very good and the selection never changed over the 4 days we ate there.
Front desk: They tried hard. But, the advice on how to get the train to Segovia caused us to not be able to go to Segovia. The front desk sent us to the wrong train station. Now, I know things like that can happen. BUT, the girl at the desk insisted that the Segovia train left from the station she sent us to. WRONG. JUST WRONG. SO--- do not rely on the front desk for advice on trains.
Restaurant suggestions: Do not rely on the front desk for restaurant suggestions. Yes, we are old and eat early, but that is no excuse to send us to a tourist-trap restaurant on scuzzy Plaza Mayor. We subsequently discovered on our own the Ritz's outdoor restaurant; not cheap but lovely garden and great service and edible food,even if you want to dine at 6pm.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ayre Hoteles A, Guest Relations Manager at Only YOU Boutique Hotel Madrid, responded to this review, 21 June 2014
Dear memyself23,

Thank you very much for taking the time to write about us on Trip Advisor!

It is great to hear that you enjoyed your time in our Lounge thank to the "excellent and friendly service". But also we are so excited that you had a great experience while having breakfast, not only the food but also our staff is just A-m-a-z-i-n-g!

Regarding the pillows in your room, we would like to apologize should you did not like them and we would suggest you to check out our Pillows Menu where you can find a wide range of them. We feel sorry for the missunderstanding with regards the train schedule, we never had an issue like this before and we guarantee it will not happen again.

Should you be in Madrid soon, let us surprise you by coming back to the Only YOU Hotel & Lounge!

Kind Regards,

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2014

I stayed at this hotel with a friend for 4 nights and was looking forward to visit this hotel. Which is an upperclass hotel, where you pay for. For the given price it was very disapointing. The vibe is not for tourists. It's mostly business people there, so if you want a friendly atmosphere this is not the place to be. Although the staff is very friendly and helpfull. We changed rooms during our stay because of the noice in the early morning and late evening (some rooms are close tot the restaurant kitchen and you hear people washing and cleaning bottles). The beds were very good but we couldnt get the nightrest/sleeping ours we wanted.
You cant open your windows so no fresh air (and still a lot of noice).
Conclusion: looking nice, friendly staff, but much noice and tooo lean and mean. Not for tourists/me.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Ayre Hoteles A, Guest Relations Manager at Only YOU Boutique Hotel Madrid, responded to this review, 25 June 2014
Dear ThehagueLieke,

We would like to thank you for sharing your experience with us!

However, we are sorry to learn that you did not enjoy the whole experience. At the Only YOU Hotel & Lounge we believe in creating a unique atmosphere for everyone.

We apologize if you had seen most of our business guests during your stay, we guarantee you that the Only YOU Hotel & Lounge is a place to be and be seen, and not only for business but also for leisure. We invite you to check our blog out and our Facebook page.

Come back! Give us another chance to surprise you and show you that we are a completely different hotel!

Kind Regards,

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2014

Dear reader,

I can't for the life of me imagine a more appalling choice of city to visit than Madrid, Spain.

The good news is that if you do determine upon visiting this European slurry pit, there is a pot of accommodation gold at the end of the rainbow.

This hotel is simply stunning. Staff stunning. Rooms stunning. Food stunning- particularly the breakfasts. Service stunning. The staff deserve special mention. They went above and beyond what is expected. Nothing was a problem, completely helpful. Charming.

Madrid itself was a disappointment, no doubt, but knowing that we had this amazing hotel to go back to at the end of every day was remarkably uplifting. It actually did not matter that Madrid was a dive, we had an amazing stay by virtue of hotel alone.

Toodles.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ayre Hoteles A, Guest Relations Manager at Only YOU Boutique Hotel Madrid, responded to this review, 14 June 2014
Dear Mr Dan F,

Thank you very much for taking the time to write about us!

The crew at the Only YOU Hotel & Lounge is flattered to learn that you would come back to Madrid just to stay in our hotel. Beautiful words...

From here, we would like to invite you to come back to the city of Madrid and give it another chance. The staff at the Only YOU Hotel & Lounge would be delighted to welcoming you back!

Kind Regards,

Guest Relations Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2014

This was my first trip to Madrid and staying at the Only You made for a perfect trip. (My wife had been there as a student). The hotel is situated in a perfect location for sight seeing..... only a minutes walk from the metro station at Chueca and a leisurely stroll from both the Gran Via & Sol. The hotel was boutique chic in terms of interior design and looked fabulous!!! Staff were welcoming and greeted you in Spanish even if you were obviously not from Spain, they were accomodating and pleasant and made the stay a joy. My wife and I's stay included a shopping trip, however this was not needed due to a very good friend acting as a tour guide. The hotel was reasonable in terms of food and drink and VERY well equipped...they have hair straighteners included! Two highlights of the stay:

1. The breakfasts - utterly amazing! everything from cereal and eggs to cava and bucks fizz! highly recommended to get a room rate with breakfast included! The staff at breakfast were so attentive, service was fab and a plus is that breakfast is served all day so when youve been out to 3AM (early for Madrid) you can still get breafast when you crawl out of bed at 10AM!

2. The Giraffe bath robe! This was such a novelty and my wife really really loved this!!!

We cannot recommend this hotel enough and it goes without saying that we'll stay there anytime we're in Madrid! Definitely be back! Highly recommended!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Andrew M
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Ayre Hoteles A, Guest Relations Manager at Only YOU Boutique Hotel Madrid, responded to this review, 14 June 2014
Dear Mr Andrew W,

Wow! Thank you for such a great review!

We are very pleased that you liked the giraffe bathrobe, it definitely is a fabulous design!

The Á la Carte breakfast was "utterly amazing" and we would like to thank you for saying it. Same as the "attentive" staff during this service.

We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Kind Regards,

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2014 via mobile

Our stay at this hotel was the best yet in Madrid. We used the metro from the airport for the first time and after arriving at Chueca station it was a short 5 minute walk to the hotel, and from there an easy walk to shops, restaurants and bars. A truly great location. We stayed in a Premium Room which was a good size and full of character as was the whole hotel. A great cocktail bar and lounge area made for an enjoyable evening after returning from the restaurants. I can thoroughly recommend this hotel and to top it all is the service.......outstanding, David on reception and Dan the Concierge stand out! Didn't use the restaurant as always eat at Ten Con Ten.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ayre Hoteles A, Guest Relations Manager at Only YOU Boutique Hotel Madrid, responded to this review, 13 June 2014
Dear Stephen C

Thank you for your review about us!

It is great to know that you had a magical experience at the Only YOU Hotel & Lounge! But also to mention our "outstanding" service, as you said.

We will defenitely communicate to David and Dan your words. They are just great and we are pretty sure that they will appreciate it.

Kind Regards,

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Property: Only YOU Boutique Hotel Madrid
Address: Calle Barquillo 21, 28004 Madrid, Spain
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Region: Spain > Community of Madrid > Madrid > Chueca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 445 Hotels in Madrid
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Only YOU Boutique Hotel Madrid 4*
Number of rooms: 125
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Only YOU Boutique Hotel Madrid is designed for you, to make your stay in Madrid a unique experience, whether you're visiting the Spanish capital for business or pleasure. The hotel is located in the center of Madrid, on Calle Barquillo, just a few meters from Paseo de Recoletos and the Chueca neighborhood. The carefully designed interiors by Lazaro Rosa Violan complement the beauty of the building (a former Palace, dating from 19th century), giving the hotel an eccentric touch with colonial-style color. ... more   less 
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