Fantastic location for old Madrid.
Posted Apr 14, 2017
This hotel is in a fantastic location, in terms of being able to walk to major "sights" or picking up a tourist bus, for example. Whilst there is nothing to behold in the opposite Plaza del Callao, the square has some nice amenities (e.g. cafes). A five to ten minute walk in one direction along Gran Via will find you in the pleasant Plaza de Espana. Walk perhaps 15 minutes in the other direction and find yourself at the picturesque Fuente de Cibeles (near metro/bus stops Banco de Espana). The Gran Via itself is great for shopping or eating, alike.
A five minute walk from the Plaza de Callao will find you in the Puerta del Sol (square), where you can then start to walk down the beautiful Calle Mayor, with its cafes, bars and shops. The Plaza Mayor and Plaza de San Miguel (Mercado San Miguel) are no more than ten minutes' walk from the hotel.
Accessing the hotel from the airport isn't fantastic. Without using a taxi, you will require either an airport bus ride (5 Euros per person) to your choice of Banco de Espana or Atocha Renfe, followed by a short journey on the Metro, when you'll need to connect or walk the last part to Plaza del Callao. Otherwise, make a number of connections on the Metro system from the airport.
The hotel was pleasant, and clean. It was relatively modern and we encountered no issues. It doesn't quite feel like a 4 star hotel. The air conditioning was old, but worked fine. A little shabby around the edges, but we would use again, if in Madrid.