Madrid Hotels

 

Hotel Intur Palacio San Martin

Plaza San Martin, 5
Madrid
28013
Spain
+34917015000

Website

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Visited: May 2016

What I liked…

  • location to downtown, Gran Via and major shopping areas
  • bed was ok – slept well 🙂
  • bathroom was a good size compared to the size of the room
  • shower was lovely! Great pressure and bathsheets were large and extra soft. Felt like a princess!
  • breakfast buffet was large and plentiful. We could have ordered fresh-cooked eggs to go along with it, but were more than satisfied with the selection of cold items and the beverages
  • even though the room the small, still had all of necessities like safe, desk, tv, mini bar, luggage racks and dual night stands with power outlets

What I didn’t like so much…

  • more than 2 suitcases made the room feel even smaller. Closet wasn’t large enough to hold large suitcases – maybe 1?
  • toiletries were ok but minimal. Hard to share the single shampoo.
  • Nespresso machines in the buffet were modern and impressive but without signs on how to use it and minimal serving staff around to demonstrate or explain, the lineups for a cup of coffee were long. Only hot water for tea was a little button on the machine in the centre that dispense it very slowly. I watched the frustrated tourists battle with the buttons and levers. Maybe they should have small carafes for table side service as well?
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Déjà vu? Came back to this great location after all.

 

Funny note! After we came back to Madrid before flying to Johannesburg, we walked a different route to the Mercado de San Miguel and when we approached the corner of the hotel, we remembered the location as a place we stopped for a drink on their front courtyard a few years ago. I guess we just didn’t remember it right away.

It was obviously meant to be…and we will most likely be back.

 

 

 


 

7 Islas Hotel

Calle de Valverde, 14,
28004 Madrid, Spain

Website

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Reception & storage

Visited: May 2016

What I liked…

  • Lobby and lobby bar area are very large and spread out with art installations, eclectic furniture and a serene atmosphere
  • IMG_1798The wall of storage units for self-serve access for storing luggage and more is an ngenious idea. We could have stored excess luggage or shopping bags there at any time during our own stay with a combination lock (provided) to use as we needed.
  • Bathroom is a comfortable size for 2 people. Although it was only a single sink, there was ample mirror, counter and floor space so we weren’t fighting for elbow room.
  • Location to the busy Gran Via street is handy and for those taking the subway, the Gran Via station is a few minutes away.
  • Lobby bar cafe had a terrific selection of snacks and drinks – Spanish-style but with a little international flare. (Curry chicken croquetas!)

 

What I didn’t like so much…

 

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  • Main part of hotel room was a little small, but for the price of the room (114 euros) it was a good value.
  • Only room available was twin beds, although the hotel wasn’t full. For one night, however, it wasn’t that much of an issue.
  • Mini bar only had 1 bottle of regular water and 1 bottle of sparkling. No where aside form lobby bar to buy more.
  • Carpet in our room was a little tired and worn. I am not sure if they are slowly updating the hotel, but if they take the upgrades and details from the lobby up to the rooms, it will be a fantastic little boutique hotel.

 

 

For a quick one-night stay, the hotel was a great find – with a great price. If they upgrade the rooms at all, I am sure that the price will increase as well, but as long as the value is there, it will be well worth the visit!

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Glimpse of Lobby Bar café


 

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