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Walking into this neighbourhood is like entering a different country ... except it's hard to tell which one it is. One side of Calle Lavapiés is lined with Indian restaurants, the other with kebab shops. Men in traditional African clothing convene outside their businesses for long chats, and people shout to each other across plazas and streets. Interspersed among ethnic specialty shops are independent theaters and dance studios, and two large arts and cultural centers — the beautiful Casa Encendida and the Tabacalera, a former tobacco factory — all of which attract young crowds. Along Calle Argumosa, the place to go for drinks, artists and art appreciators with piercings and dreadlocks convene in the street’s eclectic array of young, hip bars. Though some of the side streets can get a little seedy at night, Lavapiés is still the place to go for those seeking a unique blend of arts and culture in an international and funky neighbourhood.
Luckily we were close enough to pop in to book a table for dinner the following evening, it's a small restaurant so do try to book. We had a fabulous meal, friendly welcoming waiters, and delicious food. Sea Bass, pasta with truffles, mushrooms and spinach, some really tasty Iberian pork, seared on the outside but meltingly tender inside, followed by...
The menu was only in Spanish but Jhoan was very helpful in explaining the dishes of the day to us. We had only two raciones because we were not that hungry but both of them were great! We will definately come back.
Great place for lunch and drinks, the staff is so nice and friendly. I've been living in Spain for over a year and I'd never seen such beautiful presented sangrias and they were incredible. Thank you Andres for your service !
Every dish we had here was unique - we especially loved the caprese salad and the little crabs! The free paella tapa was also great. Service was very friendly and the hostess graciously accommodated our limited Spanish. We would definitely return!
FYI - they don't open for dinner until 8:00 pm, contrary to Trip Advisor's stated hours.
Simple small and good.
If you like ham and cheese you'll live this place. I would almost say its one of the must visit place. Its not just that the sandwich is huge with lots of stuff inside. Its the mix of flavours and all the cheese going on here...
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I just spent 7 nights at the Artrip during my first visit to Madrid. This hotel is just lovely, with displays of local art work in the lobby and breakfast buffet room. It's just a few minutes walking distance to the Lavapais metro station, and about a 15 minute walk to Atocha train station, as well as the "Big Three"...
Thanks, Nieves, for providing assistance above and beyond the call of duty.
The hostal is quaint, beds are comfortable, and the room is dark at night. The location is central to great landmarks and eateries of Madrid.
The location is great, close to plaza mayor (200m) and closer to the metro station (20m). The room for 3 people was really big.
The shower is too small, but not a problem at all.
Great attention, I will come back
This hostal is very well placed. And the price is really very good . The room are basic but well attended, not high expectations but they are clean and the air conditioning/ heating work well . I spend there a couple of nights but for a short visit I will certainly comeback. Like the breakfast very much and to eat...