Travelled with four girl friends and this hotel was a bit last minute but turned out to be a great choice! Sadly on arrival at the hotel two of us (me included!) found our purses had been stolen on the journey from the airport to the hotel (via Metro) so beware - we thought we were aware and savvy about these things and still can't work out how they did it!! Anyway the hotel checked us in quickly and gave us directions to the nearest police station. We weren't expecting much, we just needed a crime number for insurance purposes, and we didn't get much! The police were worse than non-interested, our Spanish isn't great and their English wasn't fabulous but body and sign language could have conveyed their apologies for our start in their city but nothing!
Back at the hotel we tried to put this all behind us and enjoy Madrid. The hotel is set down tiny cobbled streets in the old part of town. There were lots of road works going on around the area which made everything a bit dusty but the area is very centrally located with lots of bars and restaurants (mainly tapas).
We had a twin room and a triple. The triple was a proper bed which was nice, all clean although I found the bed a little hard on the first night. The triple room (103 I think) was positioned right over the front doorway. This is two sliding doors and in the quiet of the night the noise from the doors was disturbing! I think this was especially so because of the road works causing pedestrians to walk close to the entrance causing the doors to open and close frequently. My friends in the triple chose not to change but on reflection they thought they should have - if you are light sleepers do not accept this room! Rooms in general were very clean, our twin room had the most enormous walk in shower and bath. All spotless. Our air conditioning was a little hit and miss but as it was March that wasn't so important. English news channels on the TV also welcome.
Breakfast was tasty and more than adequate. Buffet with all the normal choices of cold meats, cheeses, pastries, fruit along with bacon, eggs, tortilla, sausages etc. The service at breakfast was spot on and friendly. We tend to have breakfast very unhurried to set us up for the rest of the day and the staff were happy for us to linger over numerous top-ups of coffee.
We didn't eat in the restaurant in the evenings, nor did we use the bar. We did however, take advice on here and climb the staircase!
Due to our bad experience on the Metro and a morning flight combined with clocks changing we asked the hotel to book us a transfer to the airport which took about 20 mins on a Sunday morning - far easier if a little more expensive!
- 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
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, Hotels.com, Ebookers, TripOnline SA, LoveHolidays, Odigeo, TravelUp, Priceline, Traveltool, S.L.U., Hotel.de, getaroom.com, Evoline ltd, HotelQuickly and Cancelon so you can book your Catalonia Las Cortes reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Catalonia Las Cortes Madrid