First things first: Keep in mind that this is a hostal and not a five-star-hotel. If you want a big breakfast, conference rooms and a pool, this is not for you. If you want a comfortable room in a very central location to relax from your excursions through lively Madrid, it is 100% perfect.
Could it be any more central? I don’t think so! You are right on Gran Vía, with a 10 minutes’ walk to Puerta del Sol and all kinds of shops and amenities near by. I actually felt like I fell out of my cozy room right into the middle of things – in a good way! Madrid is a very compact city, but it’s still nice to be in the center’s center ;-)
THE WAY FROM THE AIRPORT
No need for a taxi, just take the metro for Euro 2,50 and you’ll be there in about 30 minutes. Personally, I would take the option that makes you change just once and get out at Plaza España (the hotel website offers three possible connections). The Santo Domingo stop may be right in front of the hotel and Plaza España a short walk up Gran Vía, but I found the latter more comfortable because for Santo Domingo, you have to change lines twice – more complicated and takes a little longer.
You will find it on the 8th floor of a nice old building. There are two elevators, one to be used for your luggage (it’s fairly small) and one used by hotel guests and people living in the appartments on the other seven floors. The hostal has a reception area (you pay when checking in) and a big and airy common room with a TV. Everything is set in white and dark grey, so it looks more like a design hotel than a hostal. I also happened to see the bathroom for the rooms without a bath; it looked new and shiny, all black and white. The staff was very nice and welcoming - I liked the fact that there was always somebody at the reception desk when I returned at night, made me feel extra safe.
I had a single room (nr. 16) and was positively surprised by its layout (about 9m²) and cleanliness. It had one of the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in! The bathroom is small (about 2m²) but totally adequate, the water pressure and temperature in the shower was very good all day. There was a small table and chair, a build-in wardrobe, AC, a TV and free (and fast!) W-LAN (get the code at the reception). My room did not have a view, which I did not mind, because it meant there was no noise from Gran Vía to be heard. As is the case with many Spanish flats and their rather thin walls, you might hear some noise from other rooms though, so if you are a light sleeper, make sure to bring some ear plugs.
I am sure I will stay at Hostal Besaya again, because it offers excellent budget accomodation. Madrid is an amazing place for going out and shopping, so I prefer to spend more on retail therapy than on accomodation :-) Hostal Besaya offers great value for money - see you again in 2012!
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