I have stayed in this hostal a number of times, as have my family and friends and would recommend it to EVERYONE!
It´s 2 blocks from Gran Vía, very close to the metro station Gran Vía (blue and green line), convenient for all the museums and sights.
All the rooms have a fridge, airconditioning, TV (6 or 7 channels, not cable) and a private bathroom with toilet and shower. Singles were 30€ a night and doubles were 45€ a night (prices correct as of July 2007) They also had triple rooms, not sure of prices. Very clean. Towels provided. They clean every day. There´s a lift which stops between floors so you have to walk down (or up) half a floor when you get out, so it isnt suitable for wheelchairs
The airconditioning goes off at night because it´s too noisy and the neighbours complain, so they give you a fan for the rooms, but be careful! In July/August it gets quite hot at night! I think this is the only drawback. Maybe one more, the showers dont actually have a hook on the wall so you have to use the shower head in your hand, rather than standing under the stream of water, but I think this is a small price to pay when you think of prices of other hostals in Madrid, this is perfect. Beds comfortable, towels changed every day. Nice and quiet. Some rooms have views of the street, and have double glazing, the ones I´ve always stayed in have been inside rooms with a view of the patio and washing lines, but have been VERY quiet, with no noise from the street at all.
If you go in the summer, the daughter looks after the hostal and speaks a bit of English. The rest of the year it´s an elderly couple (in their 60s/70s) who dont speak English, but it´s all part of the charm!
I love this place, you come out of the front door and you´re in c/Hortaleza, opposite a fabulous place for breakfast, called Mama Inés, and you are right in the middle of the trendy/gay shopping area called Chueca. A few minutes away you can find Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Plaza de España, it´s all wonderfully close to this perfectly priced hostal. I cant say enough about this place, all my friends love it, my mum has stayed there lots of times!!
Go, it´s just wonderful :-)
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