Hotel a little outside of Madrid city
Posted Jun 9, 2010 on Hotels
I stayed for a couple of days in Madrid to sight see. I've been traveling continuously for the past month around Europe, but I'm not a backpacker, so I stayed at budget hotels.
To get to this hotel, I used google maps to pin point the hotel location, but the streets were confusing to me, they some how didn't align with what I was seeing on the ground level. I was a little lost at first, but I found a street that was close to the hotel and eventually found it. The closest station might be Fuenlabrada, which is about 7 stations away on the train from Atocha station. It was a good 15-20 minutes walk with luggage.
The hotel staff spoke decent English there and gave me a huge key, which I always returned to them when I went on my day trips. The rooms are decently spaced, but not a lot of room to open up your luggage. The hotel says no smoking, but for some reason my room smelled like smoke and there was an ashtray in the room, which didn't make sense for me. The rooms are quite dark, even with the lights on.
The bathroom is spacious, but the shower head was facing the short side (width) of the bath tub, so it didn't make sense to me why it was faced that way. It also had a bidet.
The room had a refrigerator, but when you took the key out of its house, it turned the power off in the entire room, which meant the fridge was off too.
The rooms have thin walls, so you can hear next door, which was kind of annoying. In the hallway, you can hear music being played until midnight. It was some catchy popular 80's music like Wham or Don't Dream It's over by Crowded House. It had free internet by using the cat5 cable, I think it had wifi too, but I didn't use it.
It was hard to find a supermarket near the hotel. I found two Eroski stores, but they closed them down at both locations. I found a Condis, which is about two blocks away, but their hours are strange. It would be shutdown during their business hours, I'm not sure if siesta played a role, but it was also closed on Sundays.
The restaurant at the hotel has terrible service. I was the only customer and I said "hola," and sat down. No one came to my table to serve me, so I left without ordering anything. There isn't much restaurants in the area, mostly bars. You can find fastfood, kebabs or McDonald's about 3 blocks away, but not a restaurant I know of, but my Spanish is only so-so.
Overall, this place was alright.