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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Sure, the reception area of the Hostal Riesco reminds you of Sigmund Freud's office, but you shouldn't dismiss this place just yet ... Super cheap and located directly on Puerta del Sol, the Riesco provides a nice, air-conditioned stay near the heart of Madrid.
A father-daughter team mans the reception area, which is decorated with leather sofas, Persian rugs, an art deco radio, and a ceramic of a German shepherd (think canine, not lederhosen). Little English is spoken, but this family-run place is friendly and courteous.
All rooms have beautiful hardwood floors and balconies that face either Puerta del Sol or the side street Calle Correo. Pretty floral fabrics adorn beds and windows, and attractive carved wooden furniture is in perfect condition. It's obvious that the owners have put time and thought into the decor and the furnishings.
Most rooms have full bathrooms (all of which have weird, kitschy accordion doors). However, things are pared down in the telecommunications department: you'll find no telephones or televisions here.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
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Correo 2, 3º
Puerta del Sol, Madrid, Spain
Phone: +34 91 522 26 92
Fax: +34 91 532 90 88
About the Hostal Riesco neighborhood
The Puerta del Sol is the geographic and historic center of old Madrid, within walking distance of most of central Madrid's tourist offerings. Calle Mayor, a major commercial and business street, runs to the west of Puerta del Sol, and to the south are tiny, dense streets packed with tapas bars, restaurants and cafés. Many of Madrid's best hotels are on the Puerta del Sol, while pensions can be found along the side streets.