Doubles from: $72 to $257
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Located near the Opera house on a quiet street near design-savvy bars and cafés, Hotel Meninas is in our opinion the most tasteful non-chain establishment in the city. During Gay Pride Week, gay visitors rated it the event's official hotel. It's a four-star hotel that offers five-star services and top-notch amenities (chill-out café, library, plasma TV and goldfish in the lounge) for three-star prices. No wonder United Nations officials have been known to stay here!
Rooms are decorated in a minimalist vibe, with whites, grays, and pink accents. In common spaces, the building's 1860 integrity has been left virtually untouched, with preserved details such as antique vents as decoration along the wooden staircases. Guests choose pillows from the hotel's pillow menu and rest easy on hydraulic mattresses. In the bathroom, hydro-massage showers and telephones are a given. There are his and her sinks and showers built for two. Plasma televisions are outfitted with DVD players. In addition to providing Wi-Fi free of charge, the hotel offers its guests laptops to use during their stay.
Downstairs a beautiful "cave," a large cellar found in most old Madrid structures, hosts intimate breakfasts. Anyone off the street who knows the hotel's hidden secrets can pop in for breakfast for just €12.50 plus tax.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor. This review is based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Breakfast Included
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
- Handicap accessible rooms
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About the Meninas 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.