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Mad Hostel
Ranked #43 of 410 Speciality Lodging in Madrid
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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11 reviews
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“Cheap hostel”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2012

Super cheap, so don't expect anything and I guess then it will be OK. I'd rather pay a little bit more and go somewhere else the next time.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Rothesay, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2012

We spent 2 nights here and enjoyed our stay very much. It is mostly a hostel for young people but we had no issues with noise. I enjoyed the rooftop terrace.

Room was very basic but clean and comfortable. I had a bit of trouble with the door key but then again I can be technologically challenged at times.

Everything was very close by and we felt the location was not to be beaten. Just a few minutes walk to the metro when it came time to go to the airport. Staff was friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2012

Great for what you pay. Can be a little noisy at times. The roof top terrace is perfect for an evening drink. Staff could answer any questions we had. Close to the metro and within walking distance of the beautiful old part of the city. Was full of Australians around this time of year (not sure whether that's a draw card or not). Bottom line is that if you're traveling on a budget I'd highly recommend it.

  • Stayed July 2012
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Madrid, Spain
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2012

I have stayed at the Mad Hostel a number of times over the last two years and it has always been satisfactory. The rooms are a little cramped and not the cleanest I know, but that's nothing you wouldn't expect at this price. The location is fantastic, staff is nice and helpful and there is free wifi in the common room. All in all, whoever doesn't mind compromising a little on space and noise will find a nice place to stay in Madrid at a great location for a great price.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2012 via mobile

Great location but don't come here if you want to get any sleep. The noise in the rooms is unbearable. The roof bar area is above the rooms, there is a massive common room away from the rooms which is basically just a big waste of space. The rooms are tiny- you can't have three people standing up in the same room and the beds are claustrophobically small. I would tell people to avoid this place at all costs. The breakfast is crap, there is a grumpy man who asks you what you want and then proceeds to give it to you with a scowl on his face. The kitchen facilities are the worst I have encountered so far,

  • Stayed May 2012
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2012

I recently went away for five nights with 3 other friends for an architectural visit. We chose Mad Hostel as it was reasonably priced and quite close to the city. We were more than wrong - it was VERY close! The underground is less than a minute away, and you're about 10 minutes away from the buzzing plaza of Mercado de San Miguel which is an indoor market hall with a large range of stalls selling a variety of tapa.

The Hostel is incredibly clean! I've never been to one where the bathroom was cleaned on a daily basis. All linen was included and towels were not but this was mentioned on the website. The room was incredibly clean as well and there was a split air conditioner in the room that can be controlled at reception if you wanted it changed.
Extra blankets were provided free of charge when it got very cold!
And most brilliant thing was our bracelets (10 euro refundable deposit) accessed our main room door as well as individual lockers within the room, which can hold a decent sized hand luggage and backpack.
The bathroom was on a timer, where showers were 2 minutes long and sinks 30 seconds. But you just keep pushing the button if you wanted a longer shower. All new clean fittings!
Hot water was endless, with 4 people showering we never ran out, and there is a hand wash liquid dispenser beside the sink. Included was a hair dryer as well.

The bracelet also accessed the common room which was very social every night - we met Australians, French, Americans, Irish, Spanish and German throughout our stay of all age groups. There was even a group of middle aged business men at one point!
Pool table is provided at 2 euro a game and vending machines are there too. Comfy couches and you can relax in your pyjamas if you wish :)
Wifi access is available here which is very good, and very quick - if you're lucky you can even get it in your room since it's quite powerful.
Every evening a pub crawl would be going on if you wanted to join in.
All access kitchen with microwave included and fridge open throughout the day closing at 10 was great!
Breakfast in the mornings was more than expected, choosing out of: cereal, croissant and donut, and tea/coffee and orange juice! With unlimited toast with various jams.

All staff were very very friendly and helpful whenever we had a problem. And all spoke English fluently.
The location of the hostel is very safe as even one of us walked home along with no problems. And as the website suggested accurately, it is 25 euro taxi ride from the airport.
Nearby Aldi for quick food and even a Mcdonalds.

Only draw backs:
If you're sleeping in the bottom bunk, make sure you're not tall! You can't really sit on it, and you have to 'slide' to get into bed.
There is no bathroom rug so you tend to 'flood' the bathroom if you're not careful
It can be a little tricky to open the main door with the bracelet!
The main light switch is near the main door so you couldn't read in bed if you wanted to.
The main lift (we were on the third floor but walked it most of the time) is incredibly tiny and only useful to stick your luggage in and walk the steps instead.

Otherwise, brilliant place! And as suggested, not really a hostel but more like a modest b&b. And you wouldn't really need to get an ensuite room as the shared facilities are equally clean as we quickly found out.

Room Tip: top floor if you want a quiet room, second floor if its winter as its too cold on the top floor! I...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Dublin, Ireland
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2011

I just spent one day in this hostel. I had a 6 people mixed room with toilet.
Every room has personal compartment where you can safe store your stuff.
The room was very small but clean. The reception gave us all the information required (they spoke english and italian with us). The breakfast is ok: not a big choice (a croissant, a drink between coffee or milk, a glass of orange juice).
The common space is very clean. Nice people.
The location is very central and safe to walk in the middle of the night.
Also the price is good.
It is not the first hostel where I sleep and I can assure that the comparison with the worst that I saw is huge. I think that people that complain about hostel like this never visit other hostels or pretend to be in a hotel (that is a different service!)
I recommend it.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Mad Hostel
Address: Calle Cabeza 24, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Region: Spain > Community of Madrid > Madrid > Lavapies
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #43 of 410 Speciality Lodging in Madrid
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Mad Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 34
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