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We found Esmeralda as a very nice place with helpful and kind reception staff, not english speaking though. Great location within the walking distance to all most interesting spots. Just over a decent Irish Pub. recomended!
I did and I got a room which had a window but looked into back of the building. We took a triple room and I never heard any noise and slept like a baby. The hosts are very friendly but they speak limited English so...More
Yes, the street noise goes on ALL NIGHT LONG including garbage pickup at 2am every night, but the location makes up for it. Located just one street off Puerta del Sol, the Esmeralda is at the center of everything: Walking distance to the big shopping...More
An ideal place to stay in Madrid. Nice host, very central, close to metro, surrounded by restuarants, clean room, towels changed daily and reception open 24 hours. Using this hostal as base one can visit the main highlights of Madrid just be walking to them...More
This was our second visit to this hotel. A small good value hotel.
Excelent location (close to Puerta del Sol) & friendly staff.
Good value fot your money.24 hour reception. Everything is clean, the towels are changed every day.
Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street performers, colorful lights, window shopping, restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a collection of plazas interconnected by a network of side streets. Some of these side streets are wide pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as
desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.