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Hostal Ballesta
Ranked #140 of 444 Hotels in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
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5 reviews
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“Excellent find!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2012 via mobile

My husband and I stayed just one night at Hostal Ballesta in June and it was much more like a hotel than a hostal. The location could not be any better - within walking distance of everything we wanted to see in Madrid. It was very nicely decorated inside and our room was very clean and comfortable. We were so impressed with how low the cost was for such a quality hotel! The woman at the desk spoke English and gave us great restaurant recommendations. We would stay at this place again in a heartbeat!

Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Nate B
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HSBallesta, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Hostal Ballesta, responded to this review, 31 July 2012
Dear customers, thanks very much for your positive opinions. We are glad to have met your expectations and we expect tht you come back. Remember that you can follow us on facebook. Thanks for all the equipment and receive a warm greeting. Mercedes Larroca
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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Belgrade, Serbia
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56 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2012

I stayed in the Ballesta on the 2nd and 3rd July and agree completely with the majority of recent comments.The room amenity here is much better described by the term "hotel".Well appointed,furnished and maintained. Use of the window shutters afforded a dark and quiet room to aid sleeping - and I had a view of the front! A spacious bathroom with a very effective shower.I've easily paid twice the price I paid here for similar standards in comparable destinations.All of the staff were very friendly and helpful - I never encountered one without a smile on their face.A short walk from Gran Via metro which is a brief 5 stops on Linea 1(sky blue - Pinar de Chamartin) from Atocha Renfe if you are arriving in Madrid by train.I would be remiss if I failed to mention what other reviewers have alluded to and which is entirely outwith the control of the Ballesta.This is a busy area for "working girls" which stretches all the way up to Gran Via.This is a 24/7 endeavour and not confined to the late night hours. I am a single male traveller and only subjected to sotto-voce solicitation on one or two occasions.I am a traveller of the world and I think I understand some of the things which make it turn.They did not bother me and I did not bother them.Would I stay at the Hostal Ballesta again? - absolutely,and I look forward to it.I thoroughly commend the Hostal Ballesta to you.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Crooked Nose
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HSBallesta, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Hostal Ballesta, responded to this review, 20 July 2012
Dear customer, we're glad to have met their expectations and the team wants to thank greatly Hostal Ballesta such positive comments. We hope that when we choose to return to Madrid again and tell them they can take our promotions were in our website or through facebook www.hostalballesta.com.

Thanks and best regards. Mercedes Larroca
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2012

This is definitely more of a hotel than a hostal. It's located within 5 mins walk to the Gran Via metro station and is located within walking distance to many restaurants and bars.

Room was a good size with double beds, a small TV, table, safe and cupboards. The windows faced a wall but that didn't bother us as we were hardly there during the day. The staff at the hostal are friendly and helped us with some directions when we needed it. The Wifi was good enough for our usage and they provided free printers, if we needed to print anything. The ensuite was perfect with an excellent shower. The rooms were cleaned on a daily basis as well.

The location is a bit sketchy as you will see a few women hanging around the area - but they never bothered us nor did we feel unsafe at any point in the trip. Will definitely stay again at this location.

This hostal is a steal at the prices given the good quality of the rooms and the facilities.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank viv3krb
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, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Hostal Ballesta, responded to this review, 3 July 2012
Dear customers, we thank your so much positive opinions, we are glad that we met your expectations. We hope to return soon to visit and remind that you can follow us on facebook. Thank you and best regards. Mercedes Larroca
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2012

This hotel was everything we needed it to be. Clean, friendly staff (who do speak English, but were also helpful to us as we are learning Spanish and insisted on attempting to communicate wit them in their language!), well located and surprisingly cheap! When you book a cheap hotel there is always the fear that it will be awful, but this was anything but.

The room was small, and the view was, well, of a wall. But you don't come to Madrid to sit in your room. The air conditioning works, the showers are nice, the bed is comfy. Comes with free use of a safe. Rooms are cleaned and linen changed every day.

We got the metro from the airport to the hotel with no bother whatsoever. It is less than a three minute walk from Gran Via metro station. If you plan what changes you need to make on the metro and have a little look at google street view so you know where to turn off Gran Via you are golden (next to H&M works well!). No need to pay the 35 Euro for a taxi. A hotel shuttle also calls at Ballesta for the return trip to the airport, but we would have to have got up really early to get it, so didn't bother!

Oh and there is a restaurant next door that does arugeably the best Hamburgessa in Madrid.

I can't say enough nice things about this place, it is simply where we WILL stay the next time we go to Madrid.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Dani-Elizabeth86
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HSBallesta, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Hostal Ballesta, responded to this review, 15 June 2012
Dear guest, we are be very grateful of your very positive opinions. It makes us happy to know that you will choose when you return to Madrid. Remember that you can follow us in facebook. Thank you and receive a cordial greeting. Mercedes Larroca
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Additional Information about Hostal Ballesta

Property: Hostal Ballesta
Address: Calle Ballesta 5, 28004 Madrid, Spain
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Region: Spain > Community of Madrid > Madrid > Malasana
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#19 Best Value Hotel in Madrid
#89 Family Hotel in Madrid
#98 Romantic Hotel in Madrid
Price range (per night): ₹ 3,074 - ₹ 7,390
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostal Ballesta 2*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ballesta Hostel is an economic and modern hostel, situated right in Madrid´s city centre just a few metres away from La Gran Via (Madrid´s high street). Its unbeatable location gives guests a great variety of possibilities for public transport connections, whatever their plans are, business or pleasure.The Ballesta is recommended among Madrid´s downtown hostels, due to its proximity to Gran Via, Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, the Old Town, Royal Palace and the Prado museum, as well as offering a wide variety of venues for entertainment, eating out and shopping. Putting all Madrid’s hotspots on our guests’ doorstep!It has recently been refurbished and is modern and economical with all the services needed to offer a pleasant stay for our guests, making it one of the best options for accommodation in Madrid’s city centre.With 35 rooms, singles, doubles and triples with private bathroom, lcd television, telephone, heating, air conditioning, free Wifi….the Ballesta hostel is a great choice, offering superb quality at an incredibly low cost. ... more   less 
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