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“Good Value in Madrid” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hostal Besaya

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Hostal Besaya
Ranked #34 of 280 Madrid B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Seattle, Washington
Level Contributor
32 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Good Value in Madrid”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2011

Good location right off of Gran Via and close to Plaza Sol and Plaza Mayor. Good value for the price. I travel on a tight budget. Staff speaks little English so don't expect much in the way of tourist advice.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Innsbruck, Austria
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2011

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.

LOCATION
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.

THE HOSTAL
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.

THE ROOM
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.

OVERALL VERDICT
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!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank AustrianTraveller73
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New York City, New York
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47 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2011

A simple and clean hostal - a perfect place if you are after somewhere to sleep and are more keen about hitting the pavement and walking around the beautiful city of Madrid. In a great location, we were very happy with this hostal for the price. Our room was clean, quite small but still had a private bathroom and air-conditioning. Based on a previous review, I did remember to bring ear plugs, it did get slightly noisy on the Saturday evening. We did not have the breakfast at the Hostal but chose to go to one of the many little cafes along the street the Hostal is on - try the more traditional looking places - great churros and cortados! Enjoy this beautiful city!

Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Edmonton
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116 reviews
78 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2011

Stayed here two nights at the end of June. It was piping hot 44'C in Madrid those days but the AC managed to get our room properly cold. It's a small room, with a small bathroom. Remember it's a hostel and it's a great space. We had a small French Balcony which opened onto a side street right off the Gran Via which was really nice. We could easily walk to the Palace and many squares. The Besaya is also nicely located right between two of the hop on hop off tour bus stops. Most of the staff spoke enough English for us to get our point across. Right across the street is a great Jambon cafe for breakfast or late night snacks. They didn't have any parking but we managed to find a lot closeby and they had free wireless internet which was a treat. The elevator is tiny and it's a long walk up the stairs to the 8th floor but that's half the charm of staying in the old city of European centres.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank PegLeg-and-SherBear
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Level Contributor
11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2011

Very chic and clean hostal -- not like the grungey hippy dip hostels some Americans might envision in the States. Think more of a small boutique hotel. The customer service was great. No safety issues, and it's just off a major street called Gran Via (lots of train stations around it) The rooms were very clean; it actually look like we were the first to ever stay in the room, things were so new and unused. The location is prime, we walked to all the major spots -- the hostal is a 5 minute walk to Sol. Only thing missing is some sort of continental style breakfast. Even some pastries and coffee would have been nice. Young hip travelers and couples who want style and location for the right price will do well to choose this hostal. You won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed May 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Angel60615
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london
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2010

A wonderfully welcoming boutique hotel, a jewel in the heart of Madrid! Ideal location for being immersed in the liveliness of the city. Room was warm and immaculate with a hint of elegance and scenic rooftop views. The obliging staff ensure the safety of their guests along with freedom of access to hotel at all times. Superb!

  • Stayed December 2010
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank tanbear
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Tel Aviv
Level Contributor
12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2010

My single room was super clean and seemed brand new from bed to closet to the shower. The whole place was redone a year ago and it shows.

Best thing: free fast wifi in the Koby and in my room. The room also had a decent desk and chair so i could turn it to my office for two days.

Front desk service was also very good and pleasent.

Do note that it is a hostal, meaning it's in the 8th floor of of a building and the entrance is a bit dodgy.

For €45 I received a very good room that also served me as an office. Recommended!

  • Stayed October 2010
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Gilsh-IL
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Property: Hostal Besaya
Address: San Bernardo, 13 (esq. a Gran Via) | 8ª Planta, 28015 Madrid, Spain
Region: Spain > Community of Madrid > Madrid > Malasana
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #34 of 280 B&Bs / Inns in Madrid
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostal Besaya 2*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hostal Besaya is a comfortable and warm place where it mixes classic and modern with full equipment including free Internet access (WiFi), and where our guests enjoy a pleasant stay.We are in the center of Madrid, on Calle Gran Via, where there are new trends in fashion, music, gastronomy, culture and leisure ... ... more   less 
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