this place is in a prime location but quiet enough. literally a hop and a skip from the center of Madrid or plaza del sol without the loud noise. it's on a relatively quiet plaza del Carmen although coming during holy week: everything seems louder in Madrid. Now I must admit that I love keeping the windows open wherever I travel : even in the center of chaotic rome. the noise of the city actually lulls me to sleep so this place was fine even with the balcony doors open.
if you can, try to request a room with the balcony. of course, it's not always possible. the plaza below is beautiful. the room was spotless. the bathroom was enormous for European standards. it's on the 4th floor (remember that the ground floor is "0" in Europe). there is a lift which is handy with the luggage but we often took the stairs the rest of the time we were there: it's a beautiful staircase and a great exercise after eating so much food in that city.
Javier was awesome. I don't know how many little emails I sent beforehand asking for the littlest things, and he was always so prompt and courteous. everyone was professional there. and the price was perfect as well. they were very helpful and always asked if they could help us with anything. i had been to madrid before so there wasn't many things that we needed. I absolutely can't think of any complaints and I usually have something!
Mercado de San Miguel is close by. tapas & wine galore there. la mallorquina (an established bakery) is even closer. there is a convent near the Mercado where the nuns sell dulces or sweets. their lemon flavored cookies were very good.
little tips: the prado is free after 6 pm. the naval museum nearby is also free and with less people. and although I like the prado, I've always had a soft hear for the thyssen museum. it's smaller and seem to be as overrun with tourists. Madrid has a great selection of seafood for a land locked city. i'm a sucker for the anchovies which is as delicious as the ones from the seaside villages of Italy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Small, family run place in the heart of Madrid ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hostal Acapulco Hotel Madrid
- Hostal Acapulco Madrid