We would appreciate any advice regarding an interesting/safe district in Madrid and a hotel recommendation within a 5 minute walk of a metro stop (and the name of the metro stop if you know it). We are going to Portugal and will fly into and stay in Madrid one night, plus a day and a half on both our arrival and departure dates. Thanks in advance!
Recently I stayed at the Hotel Europa and the Hotel Moderno, both at Puerta del Sol in the center of Madrid, served by three Metro lines (the station is called Sol). On my limited experience I'd recommend the Europa, but either would be fine. The neighborhood is mostly pedestrian, and certainly safe except for the pickpocket issue which occurs in most places worth visiting.
Many people on this forum recommend Hotel Europa and we’ve stayed there a couple times. It’s in a good location if you wanted to visit the Plaza Mayor, historic area, and Royal Palace. If you wanted the museums or Retiro park, you probably want a hotel closer to Atocha metro station. On our most recent trip to Madrid, we stayed close to the Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor at the Petite Palace Posada del Peine. The room was small but adequate. The breakfast buffet was very nice. We would have stayed at hotel Europa, but due to a huge medical congress taking place, hotel prices were triple what they normally are.
We stayed at Hotel Liabeny, also in the Sol area, and we pleased with the accomodations. I was surprised as to how safe the area seemed, even late in the evening.
We just stayed at Hotel Moderno last week. It's right on Plaza del Sol and the Sol Metro station is abut 50 yeards from the entrance to the hotel. The Opera and the Sevilla Metro stations are also close by. The Moderno was only $92/night and was pleasant place to stay. A huge breakfast buffet was available for 13 Euros, or there are many places to grab breakfast nearby. The area was very safe and extremely convenient. Lots of sights were within easy walking distance and the Metro was easy to use. If you think you'll do 10 trips among whoever is traveling on your days before and after Portugal, buy a 10 ticket pass, which you can share. Just tap it at the Metro turnstile, the first person goes through, then tap it again for each person in your group to go through one at a time.
Thanks for the responses, very helpful!
Agree with Dick. Have stayed at Europa several times. The front rooms have French balconies but tend to be a little nosier because they face the street but we like those rooms. The back rooms are much quieter.
We stayed at Hotel Cortezo, very near Puerto del Sol. It met our expectations and was about 100$ US per night. Walking distance to most places (if you don't mind walking a ways to the museums/Retiro.