This was a great hostal in a great location. The family who run it are very friendly and helpful, and I appreciated their patience with me trying out my Spanish. I was in Madrid to take a 1-week Spanish course and this was a great base. It's very convenient to the Sol metro line and although the room is very small, it was great to have the desk and free wifi for doing my homework every night. I often stay in youth hostels, so this was a nice little upgrade for me.
I do agree with other reviewers that the noise is an issue. I had noisy neighbors in an adjacent room one night (to be fair, it was World Cup finals week) and I could clearly hear every buzz for the door to be opened and every phone call made to reception. The ringer on that phone is LOUD. I managed to sleep quite well regardless, but I think I was generally exhausted from my 5 hours of Spanish class and the 100+ degree heat. I was grateful for the AC.
I would definitely stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hostal El Pilar is a family business located right in the city center of Madrid. The rooms have private bathroom, television, telephone, safe, air conditioning and free WiFi. At the reception, which is open and staffed 24 hours, you can find snack machines with hot and cold products. Laundry service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hostal El Pilar Hotel Madrid