I will definitely stay here again when I next go to Madrid. This place is a 15 minute walk from Atocha railway station (for the airport), located in a quiet street just off the Paseo del Prado. It's in a traditional building with a beautiful staircase leading up to a number of other 'Hostals', of which Hostal Gonzalo is one. We were welcomed warmly by Jorge, who showed us the room, confirmed the price with us, and gave us some local addresses (restaurant, breakfast place, launderette).
The room was on the small size, but this wasn't a problem as it had everything we needed. The AC worked quietly, which was great during the night. The bathroom was again small, but everything worked well and it was spotlessly clean. The owners live on site, so are on hand for questions and advice, but were not at all intrusive.
Aside from the price, cleanliness and quiet, the other great thing about this place is the location. We were in Madrid for almost three days and didn't need to use the Metro once. All the main areas/barrios are easily walkable, and there are literally dozens of restaurants and tapas bars within 5 minutes walk. For breakfast, we just walked two minutes up to the top of the Calle de Cervantes (on which the Hostal is located), and where it crosses Calle de Leon, there is a great cafe which did Cafe con leche, pan con tomate, and fresh orange juice for just 2 or 3 Euros.
If you want an excellent value, simple room, in the heart of Madrid but in a quiet and friendly atmosphere, you couldn't do much better than this.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hostal Gonzalo is situated in a quiet street in the heart of the historical centre of Madrid, in a renovated building of the XIX century, 3 minutes walking from Prado Museum and Thyssen Gallery. Too you can reach easily by foot, Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Retiro Park...Comfortable rooms with private bathroom, TV, central heating,air conditiong and free wifi access. Free access 24 hours. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hostal Gonzalo Hotel Madrid