Hotel Recommendations

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Location

In Madrid’s buzzy and Bohemian literary quarter, close to the Thyssen and a short walk from Atocha station for high-speed trains to Seville.

Character

Not its strong point, despite the owners’ decision to give this 48-room hotel a wine theme (their second, marginally more upscale hotel, Lope de Vega, has a literary motif).

Rooms

Spotless and functional, with compact bathrooms. Some rooms have balconies, small plasma TVs and wifi connection. Room quality does vary. Room 407 is more attractive than most.

Food

Skip the hotel breakfast and go to a local bar for a café solo con churros.

We like

The young and perky all-female staff. The fun location, with endless tapas bars on the doorstep and tempting boutiques.

Not so keen

The cramped lobby, with its deluge of tacky tourist leaflets; the noisy tiled corridors.



Location

On a quiet residential street off the Paseo de Recoletos, north of the Prado, Thyssen and Reina Sofia.

Character

Sharp, shiny and geared to the business traveller, with black-shirted staff and high-tech design. There’s a tiny but well-equipped gym and a small mezzanine bar serving reassuringly peppy G&Ts.

Rooms

The 62 rooms of this four-star hotel are slick, well-equipped and immaculate, with very good beds.

Food

No restaurant, but 24-hour room service, a free (modestly stocked) minibar, and an excellent breakfast in the hotel’s basement (Nespresso coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice, pastries, cheese, fruit) overseen by the wonderful Rafael.

We like

The unbeatable location on a surprisingly quiet street packed with enticing restaurants that offer everything from Moroccan tagines and sushi to wood-fired pizzas and Mexican tequilas. Good touches in the rooms include proper bedside reading lights.

Not so keen

The frosted-glass bathrooms lack privacy and the parquet floors mean light sleepers may be disturbed by the sharp clickety-clack of high heels above.



Hotels in Madrid

Surprisingly for a country renowned for its rich individuality, many of Madrid’s hotels are modern chains, rather than beguiling one-offs, and this is especially true of the areas close to the city’s museum triangle. This is not as depressing as it sounds: standards tend to be high and pricing fair. But the lack of character and personal touches can make the experience feel a little anonymous and bland. But does it matter? Madrid is a city that never sleeps and life is out there on its streets. Spain’s capital is a very walkable city. The key thing is to find a bed in an area you like, dump your luggage in your room and head out into the city.

Source: Telegraph



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