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“Nice deal at a great location in the middle of Gran Via”
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Hostal Los Alpes
Ranked #32 of 396 Speciality Lodging in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
Lisbon, Portugal
Level 5 Contributor
16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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“Nice deal at a great location in the middle of Gran Via”
Reviewed 21 September 2010

This hostal is in the 4 th floor, and you can go by stairs or by elevator.

If you need an early check-in like I did, they will keep your things without any extra fee, and you are free to explore Madrid.

As a solo traveler, I’ve chosen an individual room with a shared bathroom. Although the shared bathroom was very clean and appropriate, I actually only used it for the toilet, because the room had a private shower and wash basin.

The room was comfortable, clean and quiet; wasn’t disturbed by noise of traffic on the street or by other guests in the hostal.

The room was equipped with air-con and a save (1€/utilization), but I didn’t use it. Also, there is a LCD TV, but only had BBC international available.

The rate didn´t include breakfast (the hostal don’t provide this service) and it was 25€/night and for me this was a great deal considering the location.

Usually there isn´t anyone in the reception, so if you need to speak with someone you will have to use the bell.

Be aware that, when you are doing the check-in, you will be asked to pay the total of the amount for your stay in the hostal. The lady at the reception didn´t speak English, only Spanish. Although for me this wasn’t an issue, for those who don´t speak or understand Spanish, this could be a problem.

And also if you did a change in your initial reservation, when you are paying, confirm the total amount, because in my case initially I did a reservation for 4 night’s trough their website, and then I had to change it for only 3 nights, which I did and get the email confirmation. But when I was doing the check-in, the lady only had my first reservation, and after I’ve showed her, the confirmation of mu second reservation, the total amount was rectified.

After check in, you will be given a set of keys: one to your bedroom, other to the door of the Hostal in the 4th floor and a third one, that opens the door of the building, and in this way you can enter/leave the hostal 24h/day.

If you have to do an early check-out, in the last night, talk to the lady to arrange how you will deliver the keys. In my case, I just let them in the room.

This Hostal has a great location in Calle Fuencarral, that is just near by Gran Via subway station and Puerta del Sol. It´s a pedestrian street with a lot of stores, and this is just in the border of Cuenca and Malasaña district.

It’s a perfect location to explore Madrid, because you are in the middle of the city, and you can get to Debod Temple (don’t miss the sunset there!), Palacio Real or Cibeles Fountain with a 20 min walk!

Just near of the Hostal, there is Calle Infantas, and after a 3 min walk, you will find supermarket Dia at n. 38, which is open 7days/week from 9h30 until 21h.
Although at the late night or in the early morning (between 1a.m and 7a.m.) you can see some prostitution, I´ve always felt secure and I was a women travelling solo.

So, in a nutshell, if you are travelling alone, and just need the room to rest and take a bath, and with a good location, chose Hostal Los Alpes, otherwise you would probably get better else where.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled solo
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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Reviewed 22 April 2010

The Hostal is very nice and clean. I highly recommend it because of its good price, perfect location and comfortable accommodation.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled with friends
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Sucina, Spain
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 20 April 2010

Excellent value for money on a quiet safe street near many attractions. Owner really nice and helpful. Room very clean, comfortable and quiet, and yes you can hear noises from other guests (but that is better than constant hooting of cars late at night whichI witnessed in other areas, or loud people out having a good night out. Don't miss out on the Cuenca area itself for great small quaint shops and huge selection of restaurants at ALL price ranges. I daily had gournet 3 course menu del dia between 3and 4pm costing only 9-12 euros then 2 hour siesta and able to set off for evening out walking all kinds of area. Never felt worried about my safety. Round corner from hostal are small local type bars, wonderful cake shop, wine/jamon bar, but nothing nearby to cause any noise. But, if you do want Brit food other side of Gran via you towards Puerta Sol you will find the Macdonalds etc.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled solo
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Thank JuneBar
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London
1 review
Reviewed 31 January 2009

The accomodation was very clean and the two ladies that run the hostel were very nice. The location was very convenient as the hostel was situated right in the city centre and we had a wonderful stay in Madrid.

  • Stayed January 2009
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Thank Aniuska26
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Florida
1 review
Reviewed 29 January 2009

My trip to Spain was great, i got to go sight seeing while spending time with my family and the hotel was great. the hotel was clean and quiet, it was also very beneficial to the distances i traveled. not only that but the hotel looked very nice and provided nice service.

  • Liked — it was always clean and neat
  • Disliked — the beds were a bit stiff
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
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Thank jenmugui
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Bristol
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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Reviewed 5 August 2008

If you want a place to sleep and shower, this place is fine. If you want a hotel feel to your room, go elsewhere!

For the price, i was pleasantly surprised with what we got - small room but with a decent clean bath / shower and comfortable twin beds. There was a TV, wardrobe, Aircon and 1 Euro "per use" safe. It is on the 4th floor but there is a lift (but not suitable for disabled person as there is still one set of stairs to climb)

One minor problem was the lack English speaking staff and the "reception" was often empty.

It is well located and although it is true that there were some prostitues working by the tube station (3 mins away), but it always felt safe as the area is so busy.

  • Liked — It was cheap and centrally located
  • Disliked — A bit small!
  • Stayed August 2008
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Thank Demmers73
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London
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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Reviewed 8 May 2008

I stayed in a single room with shower room ensuite. It was passable, but not very inspiring. I didn't feel that my belongings would be particularly safe so I had to hide my valuables. The staff were helpful enough and I was allowed to leave my luggage there on my last day so that I could explore Madrid before leaving. It's on a very trendy street Fuencarral and there is a starbucks just up the road and a million shoeshops! However, just 5 mins walk the other way is a road with sex shops, so not so secure after dark. The bed was a bit lumpy and the view was non-existent. If you want a very cheap place to stay with absolutely no frills, go here. I would recommend Hostal Barrera instead, the rooms were brighter and larger (near the rail station Atocha and 2 mins walk from Museo Reina Sofia ), the place was more occupied and not so dingy. Still have to climb stairs though! I chose Los Alpes because another person in our group booked in there, but I think I would look carefully on tripadvisor in future before booking!

  • Liked — Not much, perhaps location
  • Disliked — Dark and dingy, not feeling very secure
  • Stayed April 2007, travelled on business
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Property: Hostal Los Alpes
Address: Calle Fuencarral 17, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Region: Spain > Community of Madrid > Madrid > Malasana
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Ranked #32 of 396 Speciality Lodging in Madrid
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Hotel Class:1 star — Hostal Los Alpes 1*
Number of rooms: 22
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