Our review of Cibeles Hostel in Madrid in Spain
Name: Cibeles Hostel Madrid Spain
Address: c/- Barco, Boat Street, 25-28004 Madrid
Contact Details: Telephone: (+34) 91 532 20 60
Date of Stay: 18th July – 21st July, 2013 3 nights
Booked through: Booking.com
Why we went there?
Madrid was our first stop in Spain as part of our RTW airline ticket. We had always wanted to travel to Spain and especially Madrid, to experience the culture, the food and the historical sites that this wonderful and vibrant city had to offer.
Why we chose it?
We were travelling in the height of the European summer and had trouble booking hostel accommodation that was in our budget. We found Hostel Cibeles through booking.com it had only a few reviews as it was fairly new but they had a double room with ensuite available within our budget, so we booked it. It is centrally located in the heart of Madrid between Gran Via and Fuencarral. They offered free Wi-Fi, TV and air conditioning.
What was it like?
The Hostel is located in a small side street off the main streets and has no clear markings for the entrance doorway. The entrance to reception is made through a security door and up some stairs. It’s barren in Vibe. The Hostel is very clean and reception staff when on (reception is only open at certain times during the day) are very friendly and helpful, that being said they do not offer breakfast or any other refreshment. The Hostel does not provide any travel outbound service such as transport to bus stations or tours within Madrid. It is perfect if you want to just put your head down, but if you are after a hostel environment where you want to interact with other travelers this is not the place for you. There are no common areas. It is very dark internally and uninviting. Our room had a window looking out into a wall. We did feel secure if not imprisoned !
What was around it?
The location between Gran Via and Fuencarral could not have been better for shops, banks, restaurants and the Hop on Hop off Bus (Madrid City Bus Tour) that we used for a 48 hour period that took us around to all the major sites of Madrid.
We also did a free walking tour with Sandemans around the historical sights of Madrid.
The Apollo Bar across the road from the Hostel is a must visit for cocktails or a drink or two. The Owner is a character and very welcoming.
We loved eating and drinking at www.100montaditos.com where you could get beer for 1 euro as well as sandwiches for 1 euro. There are a few outlets within walking distance.
Would we return?
No. We would find another hostel in the same location that had more atmospheres and where you could meet other travelers. Tip book further ahead in time especially at the peak of the European summer holiday period.
Cost? Euros 36/AU$51 per night
How was the Wi-Fi?
The Wi-Fi only worked in the reception area.
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