"Not bad, but not great."
When I was searching for hotels, I wanted a hotel that was cheap and in central Madrid. With this hotel, I got that. It was a great price and literally at "kilometer 0" right in the center of Madrid. What I didn't expect was that the hostal would be rather uncomfortable - small, which I expected - but the towels were bricks. Literally - it was painful […] to dry my body off and impossible to use as a face towel. Also, beware that you will be required to leave your room key at the front desk when you're not in the room - and it's possible that even though the reception desk is technically open 24/7, its likely nobody will be there. And if they are there, they probably won't be able to speak any English. My husband and I had to even search for a map before going out to the city. On the flipside, if you want to be near clubs and bars, this is it. You could hear street noise most of the night - until about 6am or so. That wasn't so bad, but you could also smell the cigarette smoke coming through the windows - being pregnant, that annoyed me a bit. The city tour bus also drops very very close, which was really convenient and there were plenty of shops and restaurants to choose from very close by. I'd recommend this hostal only if you understand what you're getting yourself into and are prepared with your own towels and pillows (they only provide one for an entire double bed!) Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Decent room, but very noisy location!"
The hotel was convenient to just about everything, with restaurants on every corner, as well as bars and pastry shops. The only real problem was the noise. This can partly be due to the surrounding establishments, not so much the hotel itself. However, it wasn't sound proofed, which didn't help. All in all, a decent place to stay, but don't expect much […] sleep. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"excellent quality/price ratio"
I was surprised to get basically a hotel room for the price of a bed in a hostel dorm: all the basic comforts of a hotel are included, and the personnel is very kind and helpful. The only difference with a hotel is that the reception is at the second floor. A no frills nor flashy place right in the center. Strongly advice.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Just next to Sol. Friendly staff and good WiFi. Would stay again.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Clean, great location, great wifi"
Great location in Puerta del Sol - easy to walk to most of the city's attractions. The room and bathroom were small but modernized and clean. The policy of having to leave your key behind and then buzz in to get access to the building was inconvenient at times, but never a problem. Overall it was great for our purpose.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Cheap and good place to stay"
Everything about this hotel is good except it is very noisy in the rooms facing the town centre. I would definitely stay there again under the condition to get a room not facing the main street.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Enkelt, rent rum till bra pris"
Vänlig service. mjuka, enkla, bekväma sängar (nästan som två "extra sängar" (cots) med mjuka madrasser). nytt uppdaterat rent badrum. egen luftkonditionering och TV i rummet. man behöver lämna nycklarna men personal är alltid tillgängliga när man ringer på porten, så det är ingen bekymmer.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
冷蔵庫があればなお良かった。利便性は最高。食べることに特化すれば最高。オスタルとしては良い方だと思います。Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Top sauberes Hotel in absolut zentraler Lage"
Waren für 4 Tage in Madrid. Tolle Stadt die niemals schläft. Ein Highlight reiht sich an das Andere. Allerdings ist es immer laut, da Madrid keine Sperrstunde kennt.Genuine Expedia guest review
"A equipe de trabalho é maravilhosa e agradável."
O hostal é no próprio centro da cidade, ou seja, super bem localizado. O ambiente é familiar, você se sente em casa. Enfim, gostei de tudo!!!!Genuine Expedia guest review
La verdad que estubo mas que bien,muy atentos, excelente ubicacion, muy buen lugar para volver y recomendar.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Recommende pour les visiteurs touristiques , situè dans un point proche de tout les sites touristiques de la ville , bon sejourGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Verdaderamente la atención de los dueños Pedro y Rosa es excelente, son gente muy amable y simpática, realmente los considero amigos y los recomiendo ampliamente, estaba solo y la habitación era pequeña pero tuve oportunidad de ver las otras y eran verdaderamente cómodas, te hacen sentir como en tu casa.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Hostal Esmeralda ligger meget centralt, måske 100 m til metroen på Plaza del Sol. Værelset havde 3 enkelt-senge, eget badeværelse og tv. Sparsomt, men vi skulle ikke bruge mere, da vi kun sov på værelset. Personalet var meget smilende og imødekommende. Der blev gjort rent og der blev lagt nye håndklæder hver dag. Værelserne ligger på 2. sal og man bliver […] via en dørklokke ved hoveddøren på gadeniveau lukket ind, men der er døgn-bemanding, så det er ikke noget problem. Udsigten var dog kedelig fra vores værelse, da det vendte ud til en mur med nogle store rør, men igen, vi skulle ikke bruge udsigten til noget, vi skulle ud og opleve byen :-) Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"treès bon emplacement"
petite chambre mais bien situé et bon rapport qualité prixGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Hôtel accueillant très bien situé"
Cet hôtel est très bien situé près de la plaza del Sol et donc du métro. Il est facile d'y arriver depuis l'aéroport, ou une gare ferroviaire. L'hôtel se trouve au 2eme étage d'un édifice. Il n'y a pas de restaurant dans cet hôtel mais cela n'a aucune importance car dans la rue à moins de 10 mètres de l'entrée se trouve un restaurant de très bon rapport […] qualité prix ( Museo del Jamon) et bien sûril y a pléthore d'établissements où se restaurer autour de la Plaza Del Sol et dans les rues adjacentes. Par ailleurs on peut demander une carte à la réception, qui permet de petit déjeuner dans un petit restaurant à moins de 10 minutes à pied . Le paiement des petits déjeuners se fait à l'hôtel à la fin du séjour . Les rues qui convergent vers la Place sont très commerçantes et on y trouve notamment un très grand Cortès Inglés. Je recommande très chaudement cet hôtel dans lequel nous avions déjà séjourné en 2012 . Nous avons d'ailleurs la ferme intention d'y retourner Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Super zufrieden, komme gerne wieder"
Kann ich nur weiter empfehlen, sehr freundliches PersonalGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Super Lage, ca.300m Zentrum von Madrid"
Sehr freundliches Personal, sehr sauber, wenn ich wieder nach Madrid komme werde ich 100%ig wieder dieses Hotel buchen. Super Preis/Leistungsverhältnis. Der Preis vom Flughafen Transfer des Hotels sollte aktualisiert werden! Sonst habe ich keine Beanstandung. Mit freundlichen Grüßen Günter W.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Un Hôtel sympatique poche du centre de Madrid"
L'acceuil a été très chaleureux. Les chambres sont simple mais confortables. L'hôtel est très bien situé dans le centre de Mardid (Porta del Sol). Les chambres sont propres. Nous avons été totalement satisfait de cet hôtel. Le rapport qualité prix rien à dire.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great location, cheap and cheerful"
08/19/14 ckwl Brighton
The major plus side of this little hotel is that it is smack bang in the middle of the city. Pretty much 5 mins walk from the Puerta del Sol metro. It is surrounded by tons of activity day and night. Street performers are there day and night by the metro, whilst there are streets of restaurants within minutes walking. It was so easy to walk to a lot of tourist attractions, and get to the airport. Hotel was clean, air conditioned, with wifi. The staff was nice and very welcoming. There is a safe in the room but cost 1 euro to open it every time... Apart from that, we stayed for 4 nights, and the price was very good. They accept credit card and also you can pay on the last night you stay. Highly recommended place to stay.
06/26/14 sofa55 Los Angeles, California
I'm not a light sleeper and the late night party-ers did not bother me too much, but I could NOT sleep through the trash can band that seemed to go on for hours and woke me up way too early Wednesday morning. On the plus side, great central location neighboring a Dunkin Donuts and Museo Del Jamon. As a tourist, it was really easy to navigate to and around, and I got to see a lot in one day.
"Nice choice for a budget trip"
02/16/14 marrin2014 Moscow, Russia
Clean and nice place, friendly staff. Tended to be a little noisy on Friday nights as it is a minute walk from Puerta-del-Sol and that' s a noisy place. There is a locker in every room, costs one euro to open\close it. I visited in february and the room was chilly, although an extra blanket is provided.
10/29/13 Branka55 Belgrade, Serbia
Great location,small but clean rooms,frendly owners.Near to all great places -Sol,Gran via,Plaza Mayor.All around are small places with great food.At the corner is Museo de jamon.You'll enjouy staying in it-walking distance to everything.
"Close To The Action"
09/24/13 Michael T Leeds, United Kingdom
Located on the second floor of an old building within 5 minutes walking of Sol station (for both Metro and RENFE light rail) and about 25 minutes of Atocha railway station. There is a large supermarket in El Cortes Ingles off Puerta del Sol within 5 minutes walking. All around are fast-food restaurants and more up-market eating establishments. Because it is close of the heart of Madrid, it is noisy at night. I had a smallish room with two single beds, table, two chairs, bedside table, mirror and large wardrobe. There was quite a small bathroom, with a half sized bath and a shower. Linoleum flooring in main room, tiles to bathroom and very clean. Better for one person than two, but OK for one night for two people. There was a very small lift available. Have to buzz using intercom for entry late at night, but it is open 24 hours. The room had air-conditioning, flat-screen tv and free wi-fi. Reception staff were friendly.
"Great value in a great central location"
08/22/13 David G
Excellent choice if you are seeking value close to all the main attractions and easy to get to from airport or train station. Simple, but clean and good size room. 24 hr access. Museo de Jambon next door great for breakfast
"Great stay in the center of Madrid"
06/14/13 ruluca Bucharest, Romania
I stayed at hostal Esmeralda for one night on a Saturday and will definitely return if I'm ever in Madrid ! It it one small street away from Plaza del Sol which is the center of Madrid, so excellent location. It has Museo del Jamon right next to it which had very big and tasty sandwiches for just 1-2 euros. The hostal is in a building which hosts more hostals, each one on a floor. There's a big door with an intercom, a hallway and an elevator which takes you to the reception door at the 2nd floor. The lady at the reception was very nice, gave me tips about the city, helped me be in contact through the hostal's phone with a friend in Madrid who came to pick me up (we couldn't use our mobiles, long story). She spoke good English, i saw other reviewers complaining about this, maybe it was someone else. I got there at 10pm and wanted to go out a bit and explore the are, get something to eat and was worried about being able to get back into to room. It wasn't a problem, reception is open all night long, you just have to call on the intercom. The are is very lively until late at night but the noise didn't bother me. The room was clean, pretty large, confortable beds. It was a twin room with a balcony (i booked a single room, so i enjoyed the extra space). The bathroom was a bit cramped but ok. Free WiFi, good selection of tv channels. The price was excellent considering the location and the room, will go back there for sure. The only thing I'm disappointed about is they didn't have a free room the next week, when I booked another hotel and had a terrible experience. But that's another review. Hostal Esmeralda is a great choice.
"excelent location, nice staff"
01/22/13 Anna294458 Bucharest, Romania
The hotel has a very good location, few steps for metro Sol with 3 metro lines, lots of shops and restaurants. The room is very small, but clean and having all minimum utilities TV, phone, air conditioning.The staff is nice and try to help you, but don`t speak english, that is very bad. No hot weather during the weekend and I saw some insects/beetles in the bathroom last two days, there were room insects, not coming from outside. Very very noisy all night, can`t sleep at all, people talked loud until 7 in the morning. I will not return there, even the location is great and the staff is nice.
"Great location, clean rooms"
08/06/12 heihil Sydney, Australia
In the thick of things - on second floor (yeah slightly small, old elevator but I've been in worse and beats carrying bag up the stairs). Some slight language issues at check in but all good, room was very clean although small. Had tv and air-con (phew!). Great value overall! (especially considering it cost nearly as much per night to park our car nearby!)
"Very worth while"
07/08/12 bj8plus Mendoza, Argentina
Located in the heart of Madrid just where the action goes on 24/4. The entrance is scary as it also is the elevator but once you walk into it the place is impecable, clean and friendly staff. A very good place for the money. No complains and will return on my next stay in Madrid. If you drive a car there is no parking on the premises you would have to look for a public parking place.
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