Right on Gran Via close to Montera, a walk or subway ride to everything you'd want to do in the middle of Madrid: Museums, the Park, shopping, restaurants, el Rastro on Sunday. Elevators (to the 4th floor, laPlata has a few rooms one flight up) and night door security. Don't let the word "hostal' put you off, it is NOT the dormitory free-for-all of our or your parents' lost youth. LaPlata is more like a 'pensione', a small family run bank of rooms, each with its own bath and most with tiny walk-out balconies overlooking the street behind Gran Via. Best part of laPlata besides location and price (45euro for a double!!) is the management. Fernando, Juliana, and Camelia (who all speak English!!) just made our stay so much more personal; they directed us to restaurants the locals frequent and helped us get an interim room for our return stay (we had a few days in Madrid then 2+weeks in Morocco with another 3 nights in Madrid on our return...we could only get 2 nights with them and they found a spot for us for the 3d at one of the other hostals in the building).
Downsides (if you live long enough you will see there are ALWAYS pluses and minuses): only one outlet in the room...but I had brought a converter and a 3 outlet plug-in so I was able to charge the cell, my Kindle and computer at once...just make sure you shut the toilet, outlet's in the bathroom!! The street out back Caballero de Gracia can get a bit raucous...there are 2 sets of windows to shut out the party and those work pretty well. Rooms are small and bath tiny but friends were paying upwards of 150euro for the equivalent of a Red Roof room...I would take the warmth, location and money saved at laPlata ANYday!!
Just a little bonus here: there is a WONDERFUL set of shops tucked upstairs from a standard grocery store. I only know how to get there like this:
out the door at laPlata, turn right and cross Gran Via at Clavel...go up Clavel 4-5 long blocks to Figueroa and turn right one block and find Mercado de San Anton...there is a COR supermarket at street level but UPstairs is a WONDERFUL stall market with cheese and fab meats, pastries...we bought wine, fruit and goodies, took it all to the beautiful park and had a fab dinner where people have picniced for hundreds of years...
Also there is the Gloria Montera restaurant on Caballero de Gracia behind laPlata with pretty good food and prices...the waiters are snotty but so what...another block back on los Jardines is a little Internet place to get a SIM card if you brought an unlocked euro phone or you can just get a cheap phone for 20euro from them and save a bundle on cell calls!! These only work in Spain as far as I know but the minutes are dirt cheap and you can call the US no problem!!
I would stay at laPlata any time I am in Madrid...clean and warm!!
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