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Hostelz.com's Review
If you're a traveler on a budget -- and aren't we all? -- Turis Madrid Hostel has some of the cheapest prices in town. The environment isn't especially conducive to meeting other people (it's a multi-storied building that's more like a student dormitory), but there are common areas just in case. Besides that, the location is perfect if you want to explore the city on foot, and if not, it sits directly across from a metro station (Plaza de Espana station) to help you along.

The Location

Getting there is easy -- if you're on Gran Vía (which turns into Calle Princesa once you reach the Plaza), pass the Plaza on the left, and Calle San Leonardo is the first street on the right (across from Cafe Jamaica). Look for #12, because there aren't any apparent signs for the hostel. It seems to share space in a university housing building with hundred of rooms. Nearby you'll find Plaza España and its surrounding park, and as it's just off Calle Gran Vía, you're in a great starting point no matter where you'd like to go in Madrid. Check-in with a friendly staff member is easy, and signs around the check-in desk report that the desk is manned twenty-four hours.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are private and dorm-style rooms; we booked a four-person, mixed room (there are other options). In it are two tightly packed and squeaky bunk beds and only one main light, which is always a bit of an annoyance when you're dealing with varying bedtimes of other travelers, so bring a flashlight if you remember.

The beds are neat and clean and comfortable enough, with a sheet and blanket and -- wait for it -- a free towel! Since the hostel is close to a large street, it can be a bit noisy, but it's nothing earplugs can't fix. Also in the room is a locker, although this might not be the case for every room. In our experience, a free towel and locker are definitely something to be applauded!

The towel became less exciting, however, upon realizing that none of the three showers we checked had hot water. All are lukewarm at best. The showers are mostly clean and spacious, with plenty of places to hang dry items. And there are lots of them, so you can play the age-old hostel game "find the cleanest shower."

There are a several bathrooms from which to choose; some with cramped toilets and some more spacious, some rather dirty-seeming, and some more clean. There is no soap and no method to dry hands, however. Other than that, the cleanliness or lack thereof is nothing out of the ordinary when it comes to sharing bathrooms with lots of other people.

Common Spaces

There is Wi-Fi throughout the hostel (the signal is great) and two common rooms, both with a TV and microwave. One has a cheap espresso and vending machine. Unfortunately, there is no kitchen and no place to keep food items refrigerated. The hostel claims to have a cyber cafe and dining room, but both of these are off-premises and we were not able to see them. There is also a washing machine and dryer that you can pay to use (but you'll have to bring your own detergent); these are hidden away on the second floor.

Summary

Overall, this is a good, inexpensive hostel. It is quite basic, and could be called excellent for the price were it not for the lukewarm water. If you can deal with that, however, we certainly recommend staying here for the great location and price!

by chowgypsy
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
April 2013

The main common room (which actually has a "private" sign on the door
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
4   I was ok I spent three days in Madrid. The room was small and modest with a basic equipment, which is common for any students accommodation. I felt safe there. I got what I had expected for the price.  , age 42, Czech ()
4   Cheap, safe, good location. My brother and I (22 and 19 years old) stayed here while on a Euro-trip. Place was cheap, 24 hour reception, lockers included with locks included. I felt safe, facilities decent (showers, toilets, 4-person rooms). It did have a little off-putting environment, just felt stark, but honestly was a perfect hostel for the price. Breakfast was one or two euros at a place down the street in conjunction with the hostel, it was pretty basic. No real complaints.  ()
4   Student residence It's a student residence, as any, renting free rooms. Might be noisy but you may also get a 2 bed dormitory at a good price for Madrid.  ()

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