Fantastic location in Barrio de las Letras, easy walking distance to Prado museum and all the main attractions. Lots of great bars and restaurants nearby. The apartment is perfect for two people and felt very safe. Cesar the owner is very helpful, coffee, juice, milk and bread provided which was a nice touch. Would stay here again.
This apartment is perfect for 2 people who want to visit essential Madrid on foot. It is located in an old, but safe neighborhood (the Barrio de las lettras, so called for its glorious literary past) at the intersection of two very narrow streets- Calle de las Huertas and Calle Jesus, From there it is a 10 minute-walk to the visitors entrance of the Prado museum, even less to the Thyssen and not much more to Reina Sofia. The heart of the old city (Plaza major, etc) is also within walking distance. As an added convenience, if you are not burdened by luggage, just walk 20 minutes to Atocha train station for a one-day excursion by fast train to must-see nearby places such as Toledo. But beware, when you see the station from a distance, you are not there yet! Besides, it is huge inside, give yourself plenty of time.
The apartment itself is modern, airy, spotless and offers all the amenities you might want, including a well appointed kitchen and excellent bathroom. The owner, who lives in the same building and is always ready to help, is a friendly gentleman who speaks fluent English and French. For simple errands, there is a "supermarket" downstairs in the same building (I would rather call it a glorified superette).
I you care for a nice bistrot style meal in a very picturesque, very Spanish place, I suggest going downstairs next door on Calle Jesus at Maceira (the one on Huertas with the same name looks like less fun). It is good, fun and cheap. And you eat with the locals.
We were very happy with our stay and I have strictly nothing negative to say. If we come back to Madrid we will again stay in this apartment. I warmly recommend it, without any reservations. Thank you, Cesar!
We've rental several apartments throughout Europe and this is the by far the best value for our money we've ever experienced.
OWNER: Cesar is a delight to work with and responded kindly and quickly to our questions. Knowing he lives down the hall provided an added sense of security. Folks living in adjacent units were gracious of our presence. During business hours there is a friendly and helpful doorman, too.
LOCATIION: Couldn't be better. We loved being in the middle of this charming Barrio de las Letras (writer's neighborhood) with its many shops, bars, restaurants and especially its pedestrian streets. It was easy to walk to both the art museums to the east and the major plazas to the west. (And even the Royal Palace if you're a decent walker.) We felt very safe here with both an outer gate and inner glass door, both kept locked, to get into the building.
SLEEPING: There is a small amount of street noise from the large living room windows but it's very quiet where it matters--in the bedroom with its courtyard window. The bed isn't the biggest, but it's comfortable and has crisp, new linens. The room and closet aren't large, but adequate.
KITCHEN: Well-equipped and stocked with get-started breakfast foods (OJ, milk, several bread products, bottled water, marmalade, butter.) Washing machine, but no dryer, in kitchen (though clothing dries pretty fast in this dry climate.)
BATHROOM: About what you'd expect. Nice towels, good water pressure.
LIVING ROOM: Spacious, light, good wi-fi.
An apartment like this that is modern, clean, well-kept and in an ideal location for an affordable price? Awesome.
Our thoughtful host, Cesar, had stocked the refrigerator to get us going after a long flight and rest. The apartment was spic and span and the kitchen was fully equipped. The sight from the living room window overlooks largely pedestrian narrow streets lined with restaurants and tapas bars. A couple doors down from the entrance to the apartment was a small grocery store.
The apartment is centrally located and walking distance to Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor along pedestrian zones studded with historic buildings,interesting shops and outdoor cafes.
We will rent this apartment again on our next trip to Madrid.
The apartment is in a fantastic location to walk to all of the major sights in the city and just a short walk from the train station. The accommodations were lovely and Cesar was a very gracious host.We ate at some of the restaurants he recommended which were excellent and he even scheduled a taxi for us to the airport! Thank you for a wonderful stay.
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