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Catalonia Las Cortes
Ranked #8 of 440 Hotels in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 June 2009

We stayed at this hotel when we first visited Madrid and considering that we had got a fantastic deal with Expedia, we were pleasantly surprised by its high standards.
Our room was very large, clean and just generally nice. The only reason why I'm not giving it full marks is because the air-con didn't seem to work properly / the room always seemed very 'stuffy'.
Hotel staff very extremely attentive and friendly, especially the people at reception.
The general appearance of the hotel was very good too and the location was perfect - an easy stroll to a superb ice-cream place and tourist sites. Plus Plaza Santa Ana is just up the road. What else could one wish for?!?!? :-)

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 May 2009

we stayed at the catalonia las cortes for a week in may. very clean rooms, wonderful air conditioning, quiet and in a great location within walking distance to the museums (10 minute walk), royal palace (15-20 minute walk) and helpful staff. we stayed in a basic room and it was better than what i expected. if you're willing to pay more, you can get a bigger room with a small balcony. i would recommend this hotel without hesitation.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank tine27
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Reviewed 27 May 2009

Plan to stay in one of the gorgeous rooms with frescoed ceilings, and you won't be disappointed. We stayed in 203, a suite with two such ceilings. Room 202 - a superior that we saw - is if anything even lovelier although without the sitting room. What could be improved? First, soft towels - the ones provided are so over-laundered that they are stiff and scratchy. Second, reasonable prices for the minibar. After staying at many beautiful top-notch places throughout Spain and finding free or economically priced water for the thirsty traveler, I was surprised to pay 2,50 euros for a small bottle of water. Other items showed a similar large mark-up.

We did not try the restaurant for breakfast, which may be it's strong suit, but our dinner there was the worst we had in Spain. Many items on the short menu were not available and the veal I ordered was served not with the listed - and desired - Normandy apple and onion sauce, but with some dried herbs sprinkled over a spectacularly greasy piece of undercooked meat. My husband's fish was not fresh and was inedible. Appetizers of gnocchi (overcooked and spongy) and the Caprese salad (acceptable tomatoes and mozzarella ruined by a topping of dry rather than fresh basil) also disappointed. The waitress was sweet and apologetic, but could not compensate for the disaster perpetrated by the chef.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Portia08
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Reviewed 13 May 2009

Located in historic center of Madrid near the main museums, Palace, cathedrals, etc. Helped arrange reservations for an excellent Flamenco show within easy walking distance (Casa de Patas). Staff extremely helpful. Room was very nice, air conditioned, pedestrian street view. You might say a little noisy at night but that's because the Spanish eat late and the street doesn't quiet down until midnight.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank kek12345
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Reviewed 11 May 2009

I love this hotel for the servie and food

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Panky1970
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Reviewed 11 May 2009

What a great hotel! Apart that the foyer is really very *** , low ceilings and decorated like a Hong Kong handbag and accessory shop, lots of white marble, somewhat tawdry light fittings and brass detailing. However the rooms are quite splendid - spacious, well-furnished, great bathrooms, comfortable beds. To people who trot out the time-worn adage that they "are only going to sleep in them", that is quite a lot of the twenty four hours , I wonder how much time they intend spending in the foyer or hotel bar? This is the antithesis of most hotels that offer luxurious public rooms and horrible, little, claustrophobic boxes masquerading as luxury bedrooms.

The breakfast, served in an austere subterranean dining room -not a particularly pleasant place - is none-the-less superlative for quality. This is not a copious buffet of everything and anything but a well chosen selection of all the best appropriate produce in the local market. On an occasion when I was too late for the hotel breakfast I went to the Alicia Room Mate next door .The comparison was extreme, their breakfast in the tapas bar adjacent was very poor, and the place had the unpleasant aura of a highway pull-in on the morning after the night before.

My wife was attending a dental convention, leaving me pushing the baby and I did not feel much drawn a huge "deluxe" convention hotel at least twenty minutes walk along broad and traffic jammed streets to get anywhere I might want to be. The hotel in question describes itself as being "at the strategic center of Madrid" ( I guess it all depends on whether you can throw a stone that far, etc. ) Several trip advisors warned that the hotel in question is partially surrounded by a seedy red-light district, 'though one American lady did admit that they were of a better class! Where the Catalonia Las Cortes really excels is on its location and I am not thinking only of major tourist attractions. Much, much more than that, the hotel is on the old town areas of Las Huertas and La Latina which remain firmly in a time warp. Touristic nonsense has not yet forced out the real shops that people need, as in the old centers of most European cities The Marais in Paris is case in point, the Jewish delicatessens and shoe repairers are no more, forced out by multiple branches of l"Occitane and dubious jewelery shops. Enjoy that whilst it stands, probably not for so long. The general fruit and vegetable market at Anton Martin (easy walking distance) is the perfect antidote to too much of being the sightseer. You can return to the human race having a coffee with the traders at the small bar upstairs.
Just up the road from the hotel but far enough away to avoid the night time din is Pz Santa Ana which has a lot of quite reasonable tapas type bars that are friendly, relaxed and informal. Remember the Spaish start very late and throw all their rubbish on the floor ! You can so easily slip back to the hotel to rest before going out to take a glass of wine and a snack. That can easily occupy five or six hours. A bit further and you come to the famous and impressive Pz Mayor which is a commercialised hell-hole . Don't even think of eating there and the same goes for the horrible Puerta del Sol where a lot of younger people hang about to imbibe the traffic fumes.

My lasting memory - the view from the balcony into an old barber's shop with brightly coloured bottles of bay rum, macassar, oil of violets,. and, tubs of brilliantine bearing the labels unchanged for near a century. Of course the obligatory rotating, stripey pole, red on white (or is it white on red?) drawing the eye in hypnotically. The barber quite as antiquated as his clientele, and most with little left except for a shave and polish. A morning of hand shaking and back patting before moving on, all bright as new pins, to read the papers in a favourite cafe. To have the same arguments and tell the same jokes. It could have been anywhere in Spain, but it was right under our balcony.What a great hotel !

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 April 2009

We stayed in a "superior" room so that may have influenced our impression of our stay (spacious room, large comfortable bed, small balcony overlooking street) but we found Las Cortes to be the perfect place to stay. Regardless, would highly recommend staying in the Barrio de las Letras neighborhood.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: Calle del Prado 6, 28014 Madrid, Spain
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Region: Spain > Community of Madrid > Madrid > Huertas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Madrid
#4 Family Hotel in Madrid
#6 Luxury Hotel in Madrid
#56 Business Hotel in Madrid
Price Range: £122 - £215 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Catalonia Las Cortes 4*
Number of rooms: 65
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Catalonia Las Cortes is located in Madrid's famous 'Barrio de las Letras', or writer's district, it is just a few metres from Plaza Santa Ana square and equally closes to the city's main shopping and leisure districts. Opened in January 2006, the hotel is situated in an old 18th century small palace whose interior has maintained all of the original frescos, as well as the main staircase and coving. This four-star hotel has 63 elegantly appointed rooms with every convenience. ... more   less 
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