In the middle of nowhere
Posted Nov 18, 2013
We arrived at the train station in Madrid after a lovely 2 1/2 hour train ride from Seville. We had booked the Barcelo Torre Arias because it was less than 5 miles from the airport since we had an early flight the next morning. One error was not checking to see if they had free airport transportation. They don't! When we pulled up to the hotel it looked like a medical institution, with no access to the entrance by taxi. The hotel, is cold and sterile and may be a great place for business (as the receptionist said) but not for weary travelers.
Upon arriving at 9pm we asked if there were restaurants in the neighborhood but were told no. The restaurant and bar are in the hotel. The reataurant is a joke, one discombobulated waiter and really lousy food. We were given our room key, went to our room and were really depressed to see ugly twin beds with institutional white sheets, no extra pillows or blankets. We had booked a queen or king sized bed We were told there weren't any in non smoking rooms but we could have a king bed in a smoking room. When I checked it out, the room was thick with smoke...totally unbreathable. We kept our twin beds.
I suppose if you are on a business trip and not into aesthetics it might not matter where you eat, sleep or drink. This was the only disappointment of our entire trip! Too bad it was our last impression of Spain!