Can anyone recommend a nice hotel for 4, preferably with breakfast included in Madrid? We'll be arriving the day after Christmas, Dec 26 and staying for 3 nights. Not sure how crowded this time of year is either.
Budget? There aren't all that many quad rooms out there, but I'm sure someone will come up with a suggestion. Knowing how much you're willing to spend makes it easier.
You can take a look on booking.com and see how things look for your travel period.
Our budget would be approx. 200-250 Euro for one room and 100-125 for two.
why not get an apartment? We stayed in a very nice two bedroom apartment near Plaza Santa Ana through https://www.homeclub.com/en
I'd be open to an apartment but I get nervous that it won't be what it states on the website. Can anyone recommend nice apartments that you've stayed in that are suitable for 4 (need 2 twin beds) and in a good neighborhood?
I haven’t stayed in apartments in Madrid but you can use booking.com to find apartments. Put in four people and apartment. You can use map function and find location generally and then you can see address on listing.
You can also use air Bnb map function similarly. You won’t get exact address but close. Air Bnb has better search engine for apartments. You can put bedrooms in (2) and number of beds (3). You can also specify bathrooms.
I always correspond with owners ahead of time. Pay attention to how you gain entrance to apartment. Meeting someone can be more difficult than key box.
And I just booked an apartment in Edinburg on booking.com for less money than air Bnb. Air Bnb has high fees so it is always worth checking if listed on a different platform.
I've looked at Booking.com and nothing seems to wow me. Plus I don't like to book through 3rd party sites. So having a difficult time in Madrid finding anything. I've narrowed down my search in the other locations we are visiting though, Madrid is the toughest so far!
You don't have to book through booking.com just because you've researched options on that website.
Madrid is the capital of Spain and one of its most expensive cities as far as hotels go. I'd be extremely surprised if you can't find two clean, decently located double rooms 9-10 months in advance within your price range. (Indeed, I've just checked booking.com, and there's lots of availability at places better-looking than the ones I used in 2016.) They may be rather small, and they are not going to be fancy. You may need to recalibrate your expectations; being wowed is probably going to require a rather high expenditure.
We stayed September 2017 in an amazing 2 br 2 bath apartment one block off Calle Toledo in La Latina area. We were 2 couples, so the larger bedroom was made up as a king bed, but it can be 2 twins. We LOVED this place. Known as Latina V. I saw it on several different sites, but it was cheapest on mad4rent.com The hosts were super responsive, even meeting our friends at 2:30 am after their flight was delayed. We found the location spot on - quiet street, silent at night, yet right in the thick of the action. Spotlessly clean. I would not hesitate to return. Located on Calle de la Cava Alta, near La Latina metro station. Short walk to Plaza Mayor. Tons of restaurants, bars and local shopping in the area. I felt like we were residents of, as opposed to visitors to Madrid in this area.
Petit Palace has family rooms. We (2 adults 2 teens 16yr/18yr One is 6'6" tall and slept great in the bunk bed) stayed Petit Palace Opera (room for 6) it was huge and very centrally located. Do not need breakfast included. Next door is Starbucks. Right at the end of the pedestrian walk was a very good bakery and many little places to grab breakfast sandwiches. Very happy with Petit Palace other locations Puerta Del Sol, Preciados, Gran Via and Plaza Mayor passed all of those in our days of walking.
Both of the places mentioned look very nice. The apartment may a bit out of my price range unfortunately.
Question about the Petit Palace, seems you cannot cancel without penalty of full payment. Is that typical? I'm a little reluctant to commit so far out....
You may need to adjust both your price point and your expectations. Madrid is a beautiful capital city and prices are high.
I don't book non-refundable hotel rooms very far out, because I don't buy trip insurance that covers things like that. To me, it's too big a risk, especially for a budget traveler. Europe, in general (it varies a lot from place to place), does seem to have more hotels that require early cancellation if you want to avoid all penalties. Three days is pretty common. I think sometimes it's date-specific. I have a 6-night reservation in Seville that includes the latter part of Holy Week. I suspect that's why there's a 14-day cancellation requirement. Makes me nervous because I won't even be in Europe yet on the last free-cancellation day, but that's a tough time to find an affordable room in Seville.
I do understand about wariness when finding a place and trusting websites. However, the site I mentioned is legitimate and our apartment was just as pictured. I have never had a bad experience using VRBO and other home rental sites.
If I remember correctly, the apartment was about 250 per night, but we were able to split between two couples.
So I finally made a decision and booked a superior quad room at the Petit Palace Posada del Peine through Booking.com. A bit more costly than direct with hotel but I have the option of cancelling up to 1 day prior to arrival, so worth it to me. I may keep shopping since I have some time but at least I know I have something. And I read in one review it's close to the biggest Christmas market in Madrid, so even better!
Take a look at the Marriott web site. AC Hotels can be very nice. We stayed at the AC Atocha. Hotel worked well for us as we had day trips to Segovia and Toledo. There was a special for paying with Visa that included breakfast. Otherwise, there are good bakeries or bars all over to grab breakfast and coffee for very low cost.
We have a 14yo and 17yo and were in Madrid just a couple of weeks ago. We stayed in a 2-bed 2-bath apartment at Eric Vokel Boutique Apartments a few blocks from Atocha Station. It was a little removed from the busy tourist center, but convenient to the station (and easy access to the airport bus, if that's of any interest) and short walk (10-12 minutes) to the Reina Sofia, Royal Botanical Gardens, El Retiro Park and just a bit farther (15 min) to the Prado. We got a rate that included hop-on hop-off bus tickets for 4, so we used those to get across town to the Palace, Plaza Mayor, and Puerta del Sol. The subway station was just a block or two away too. The apartment was clean, modern, and fairly spacious (second room had 2 twin beds). It was nice to have the kitchenette and washer/dryer in the unit. Continental breakfast kit was also included. Front desk is not staffed 24 hours (just 9am-6pm, I think), but it was not a problem for us (and they have an automated system if you need to check in after hours). Staff was friendly and helpful. I don't think you'll use the pool area in December, but in August it was a small but quiet oasis in the middle of the city. If you prefer to stay in the center of the action, this is not for you, but it worked out fine for us, given our budget. Looks like the rate is around 250 per night around that time. Have a great trip!