When researching where to stay in Madrid, there was so much choice that was difficult to decide. I am an avid Tripadvisor user, and often make my decision regarding accommodation based on ranking and reviews. And, once again, trusty old Tripadvisor did not let me down. We have just returned from a 3 night stay at Sidorme Hotel Madrid Fuencarral 52 which is a 1 year old, 3 Star (how it is not higher is beyond me) hotel on the vibrant Fuencarral. It was perfect for our needs and exceeded our expectations 100%.
We found the location to be fantastic. It is on the pedestrianised Fuencarral, which is perfect if shopping is your things. It is a 6 minute walk to Calle de la Montera, where we found numerous bars and restaurants at which to enjoy a warm evening or two in Madrid, sipping local beer, eating tasty tapas, and watching the world go by. We also found that the closest Hop On, Hop Off Bus stop is also located here, which was great for us as we used them frequently during our stay.
Check in could not have been smoother. The very friendly receptionist asked for our passports and, I assume, made a note of the numbers for her records. We were then handed our room key cards which also allowed us through the front door, as we had originally had to be buzzed in. We were also given a list of important information regarding the hotel, including the oh so vital WiFi username and password. Payment is taken on arrival in order to make checkout super easy – you simply hand your key cards back. No swipe of your credit card is needed, as the hotel does not have additional facilities that you pay for.
I loved our room (304) from the second I walked in and saw the uber modern furniture juxtaposed with the amazing floor to ceiling doors, leading out onto Juliet balconies which offered amazing views over the side street next to the hotel. This reminded me that no matter how modern the interior of the hotel, it was in fact housed in a traditional Spanish building. The layout was awesome – with large flat screen TV, plenty of hanging and storage space, a ridiculously comfortable king (possibly super king) sized bed, and one of the best air-conditioning systems I have experienced anywhere. With daily temperatures of around 38 degrees, the air-con was welcomed wholeheartedly, especially after a day of exploring the city. With additional facilities including in room safe and mini fridge complete with complimentary bottled water – this hotel really has everything you need (although water everyday would have been great, rather than just 1 bottle per person per stay). The (amazing) shower, toilet and sink, together with complimentary toiletries, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors and shaving cream, were located behind the bed, making the most out of every square inch of the room.
We found breakfast hanging on the outside of our door each morning. This was perfect for us – we could eat breakfast in our PJs in bed! Each day our breakfast bag contained the same items – 2 cartons of orange juice, a chocolate croissant , a glazed plain croissant, a plum and a pear. It was a nice little something to set us up for the day.
Even though there aren’t any coffee making facilities in the room, it was still very easy for us to get coffee. We simply took the short trip up to the top floor (floor 5) of the hotel, and we were greeted by a great coffee lounge. Here we found coffee machines, fresh juices, and fruit, which are all free 24 hours a day. There is also a microwave, as well as vending machines where we could purchase any necessary snacks. The lounge also has a big seating area where we could chill out and relax, or even work from, as free WiFi is available throughout the building.
On the top floor we also found the awesome sun terrace where we enjoyed a juice or two, giving us great views over Madrid’s rooftops. As I mentioned earlier, the weather was amazing when we visited, and this was certainly a little sun trap!
The hotel is a sort of ‘what you see is what you get’ place. There isn’t a restaurant, spa or gym, but then in a city like Madrid (or any other major city), I personally wouldn’t use those facilities anyway. With streets to walk and so many restaurants on the doorstep, why would I? Therefore, I wouldn’t let that put you off. It didn’t us, and we loved it. Reception is manned 24 hours a day if you have any issues/questions, including borrowing an iron from them.
I was a little worried when I originally booked as we’ve not stayed in a 3 star hotel for years, but from the second I walked through the door, my fears were allayed. I can only imagine it’s missing an additional star due to the lack of what are, in my opinion, unnecessary amenities, as I’ve mentioned above. The location, the decor, the staff, and the value for money made staying at this hotel a fantastic experience for us, and we would recommend you take a look yourself if you are planning a trip to Madrid. With prices starting at around €60(ish) per night, it’s well worth it. Sidorme also have a number of other hotels in Spain, and if we ever return I would look to see if they have a hotel in the city I am visiting.
- Thank you Sidorme Hotel Madrid Fuencarral 52 for hosting 2 nights of our stay! Opinions are, as always our own.