But in the middle of winter, freezing your feet off to go to the bathroom can make you second-guess your decision. The rooms were quite secure (so secure we sometimes had trouble getting into them ourselves), and there were lockers, which was a plus. But if you're planning to access the internet, be sure to take a jacket, because thanks to renovations, the common area (other than the bar) is freezing.
I was traveling with a group of 5, and originally we'd booked 5 beds in a 10-bed room, but when we arrived, we'd been moved to a 6-bed room with no extra cost. (Apparently a large group arrived insisting that they all share rooms). The staff was hospitable and the rooms were small, but warm, thankfully. (In the winter, that's a major plus).
Also, on a side note, when we went, there's was no clear identification as to which bathroom was the female bathroom and which was the male, so this poor guy kept walking in to the shower room terribly confused and embarrassed. Needless to say, he was socially shunned.
Otherwise, we felt safe, which is the most important part. The hostel was walking distance to most of the places we wanted to go, and the price was very reasonable.
For a backpacker, sometimes feeling safe and saving euros is the best you can hope for.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ust outside the Puerta del Sol, the center point of Madrid, you can easily and quickly make it to the city’s most famous sites, like the lively Santa Ana plaza, world-famous Prado museum, and refreshing Retiro Park. But don’t worry – we make it easy to fit in that siesta in our Andalucían style common area, beautiful evidence that Cat’s was at one time a 17th century Spanish palace.As the sun goes down, the madrileños come out! When you start your night at Cat’s Cave Bar, it is sure to be a blast! Every night of the week we will take you on the best pub crawls, where you will meet your fellow travelers and truly experience the Madrid lifestyle. During the week we also offer you tapas and shopping tours, and free Flamenco and Salsa dance classes. And of course we’ve got the basics. Our newly renovated rooms range from 4 to 14 beds, each with clean sheets and secure lockers for each guest. Breakfast is included in the price and you can choose from a variety of cereals and pastries every morning. Free wifi is available in the common areas and there are also available computers for guest use. And on departure day, we have secure luggage storage where bags can be left while you get your last tastes of the city! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cat`s Hotel Madrid