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Hotel Abalu Madrid Centro
Ranked #326 of 438 Hotels in Madrid
Atlantic City, New Jersey
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“the perfect hotel!!!!!! not a doubt!!!”
Reviewed 27 January 2013

Amazing decor, amazing story, and pet friendly too!!


When you check into this hotel and they ask you if you'd like a glass of champagne (and it's not Cook's!) to take to your room, you know you're in for a treat.

I stayed here for a few days in the winter and it was fantastic. What they have done with this building is so cool - I really did just love walking around and reading about the history.

My friend and I stayed in a two-bed suite. The bathroom was very spacious and the shower was heavenly. The worst thing about the room was that our view was into the windows of the medical center next door.

the valet/doormen let him park his car right up front without any hassle. They treated him as though he were a paying guest and I thought that was pretty nice.

The staff was friendly, very courteous and happy to help. The hotel has quite a lot of food and entertainment happening off of different areas off of the lobby. The night we got in, there was a fashion show using the lobby and The Catwalk. We heard great things about the food at Clink and the great music and partying at the Alibi. Both places were always bustling during our stay and it seems a lot of Bostonians actually come to the hotel for a good time!

We were able to get room service well into the night (after midnight) which is a big plus in my book, especially when you're out partying. Room service food comes from calle30 and it was delicious each time.

We reserved a table at the calle30 restaurant one night, overlooking the hub-bub of the rest of the hotel. The ambiance was wonderful, the food and service were just plain bad. We ordered from the menu tapas-style and what we ate was extremelly good - especially for the price.

It's great that the hotel has so many other little places within it.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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Holon, Israel
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Reviewed 27 December 2012

Just a quick note:

We had a very relaxing and pleasant stay at Abalu. Beatriz from the desk was great and really looked after us! The location was just right.

Muy rapido...

Todo fue buenisimo. Beatriz, quien trabaja en la recepcion, era super amable! Esta localizado perfectamente. Gracias!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Perth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 November 2012

We arrived at 11.30pm on Thursday night. On entering the hotel, we were quite impressed. Check in was simple and straight forward. We were shown to a lift to get to our apartment, that's where our impression changed. The lift was tiny and dirty. We could barely fit the two of us and our hand luggage in. The room seemed ok - on first look! It was obviously a self catering room and the small seating area was visible with a curtain over the galley style kitchen. The bathroom was the size of a shoe box. I had to sit sideways on the toilet to fit in and I have no idea how my husband was going to fit in the shower (he's under 6 foot so that is saying something). We were greeted with two single beds and enough walking space around the bed to get to the other side.

As this trip was a surprise for my 30th birthday from my husband and he had paid quite a bit for the room (he was swayed to go for this hotel over others due to the misleading photos on their website), I asked for our room to be swapped. This was done with no hassle what so ever and we were transferred to an apartment around the corner. We were assured that this would not cost anymore as it was the same price as the room we had paid for… The new room had a living room/kitchen area, a separate bed and a Jacuzzi! So how that can be the same price as the shoe box we were first given, I’m not sure. Anyway, the new room was better apart from the toilet. This was still tiny with not much room to get in and out the sliding door but the French doors from the bedroom made it a little bit easier. There was also a projector screen in the bedroom but this cost an extra 10 euros a day to get the remote control!

We also had breakfast included in our deal. This was the worst breakfast I have ever seen and we only had it the first day we were there. On walking over to the main hotel, we entered the Beauty Bar to be given a small glass of orange juice and offered one of the items from a small list. We chose a croissant (thinking we would be given more than one item) and when they came they were burnt and we couldn’t eat them. This was very disappointing as I was expecting a little bit more to fill up on for my day of sightseeing. We didn’t have breakfast there again despite it being free. I would suggest saving your money.

All in all, the new room we stayed in was clean and served its purpose for our short stay in Madrid. I would consider staying here again if I it wasn’t so overpriced (for the basic room) and I certainly wouldn’t waste 6/8 euros a day on the breakfast.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 7 November 2012

Loved this hotel, really modern, cosy rooms with hi tech showers... The location is great, with a 5 minute walk to grand via which connects you to all the sites in madrid. There is a great cafe on the ground floor for guests which does low cost breakfasts. Rooms are modern and clean, the hotel has really friendly staff. The bars and cafes within a five minute walk are awesome.

Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 October 2012

I found probably the best hotel we have ever stayed in. Fantastic matress & pillow, the design is superb, after staying at this hotel you will lack of something in the rest, soul, this place has been made with real attention to details and design, luxurious of course but with human touch.

Well just praying for finding another one similar to this one in the rest of our holidays.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 September 2012

We stayed in a Superior room which netted us an apartment ACROSS THE STREET from the hotel. While at first we were put off being across the street, the apartment itself was FANTASTIC. From great balconies to a great jacuzzi and even having two bedrooms, this was a great space. The room was 212. It was WAY more space than any couple would need and could sleep 3 couples without any crowding. The only downside of the stay was the front desk service wasn't too helpful for us. Being that we were in a separate building, we only needed them twice: check in and check out and neither time was memorable. They weren't very accommodating during check in and the night rep gave us misleading information about taxis for an early checkout. Other than that, we'd stay again - and definitely in the apartment side!

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Alexandria, Virginia, United States
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Reviewed 15 September 2012

We stayed at Abalu in Madrid on two separate occasions. The rooms were clean, quiet and very comfortable. The service was magnificent. Antonio & Beatriz helped us with everything from where to catch the city's tour busses and metro to excellent restaurants within walking distance to booking a room in Segovia before we continued to the northern coast. We give this beautiful place our highest recommendation! (Didn't rate the breakfast or spa high or low because we didn't use them.)

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Hotel Abalu Madrid Centro
Address: Calle Pez 19, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Region: Spain > Community of Madrid > Madrid > Malasana
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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#175 Luxury Hotel in Madrid
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Abalu Madrid Centro 4*
Number of rooms: 30
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