Calle del Carmen 4, Madrid, Spain
Doubles from: $103 to $195
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
During the Spanish Civil War, when Madrid was getting bombed, the Hotel Europa kept its doors open. Guests continued to arrive. This 99-room establishment oozes Old World charm, with its front cigar lounge (ignore the fact that smoking is no longer allowed in the lounge!), and a scarlet runner leading up the original wooden staircase.
Rooms are hardy, with heavy fabrics and solid furniture. Large, mirrored sliding doors lead to roomy closets. Windows are double-paned glass, so sleeping above the biggest Plaza in Madrid isn't a problem.
Superior rooms, which all face the exterior, cost €20 more. These are larger and have stunning views of Plaza Sol, including Tío Pepe, the trademark tequila billboard in Sol.
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
About the Hotel Europa 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.