I found a pretty good hotel over by the Atocha train station in the Embajadores neighborhood of Madrid. Is this location too far off of the main areas? I see the RS guide lists accommodations near Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor. The hotel I am looking at is a 12 min walk from the train station, near metro stations, and about a 20 min walk to Puerta del Sol (according to google.) Opinions welcome.
We stayed at the Hotel Eurpoa at Puerta Del Sol. I really liked the hotel as well as the location. We could easily walk to most of the main tourist sites. The area around the train station was much further away so you would spend more time walking or more money taking a taxi to get to those locations.
Thanks. I am finding the Madrid hotel scene to be a bit underwhelming; at least in the 2-3 star categories. Still looking, but I do have a reservation at Hotel Airtrip.
I stayed in the same region of Madrid, I was west of La Latina. La Latina is an excellent neighborhood. We were to be at Lavapies. Our airbnb host moved us due to an excess of drug dealing in the area. I had read that Lavapies is 'a neighborhood in transition'. Those are code words, 'for inexperienced travelers will feel uncomfortable'. I mention this because Embajadores metro is south of Lavapies and if you are walking to and from the center of Madrid you would pass through the Lavapies neighborhood. Now drug dealers never bothered me. New immigrants add color to clothes, food and music. Then again, I was real pleased with the apartment in LaLatina and its offerings. We were 4 blocks from the Palacio Real. And the restaurant downstairs from our place, Rayuelas, was great.
Madrid for tourists is really quite small. You are not too far away from the 'hot spots' and the metro can make distances really minutes.
We stayed in Madrid for a week at the beginning of our trip and then returned for four days at the end. Our first apartment was in the Tribunal metro area. A kind of hipster neighborhood where we, at age 60, were the parents. Loved it too.
I appreciate that info. I will read it closely, look at a map, and decide.