OK, it's not the Ritz, but I cannot imagine a hotel that offers a better combination of location, price, and nice room than this hotel. One side of the hotel looks out on Puerta del Sol, the heart of Madrid. The price for our room was only 99.9 euros, about $130 - what a deal for a nice hotel with a super location in a major European city! Our room was very clean, functional, with a large bathroom. The front desk staff all spoke English and were very helpful. One helped us get bullfight tickets during San Isidro that were better than the ones offered by Galicia Localidades, the main broker. Our tickets were Sol, but we were only in the sun for one of the six fights, and even for that one it was to our side.
We were on the fourth floor overlooking Calle del Carmen, one of the side streets off of Puerta del Sol. Our balcony had a nice view of the plaza, the cafe in front of the hotel, and up the street. The windows were fairly new and solid and helped considerably with street noise. Speaking of, Madrid never seems to sleep. The streets are packed (!) until at least 11:00 pm (probably later, but we didn't stay up but so late because we were on our feet all day), not just with young adults but people of all ages. It was amazing. After we had gone to bed we might hear musicians in the plaza, or carousers singing at 5 in the morning. Again, our windows mostly muted this. To me it was not at all a nuisance, but added to the color, the amazing vibrancy, of the city. Back to the hotel, it had free wi-fi, but it seemed to work somewhat sporadically (maybe because I was on the 4th floor). At any rate, I never had a problem with it working in the lobby, and the hotel also has two internet terminals in the lobby. We had a car since we were also doing day trips from Madrid (Segovia, Avila, El Escorial, Toledo) and underground parking was only a block away in Plaza del Carmen. The hotel had a 6 euro discount but it was still expensive. Just the cost to have the flexibility for the four of us to come and go as we please. If you're not doing day trips, however, don't have a car in Madrid. You're paying for the car and the parking, not to mention the hassle of driving, and the Metro is very efficient.
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