La Posada de Huertas is a big hostal with tiny common spaces -- that's the best way to describe it. The service is very nice, though -- you get invited to join a city tour in the morning with all the other guests and to come and party in the evening. To party, you get grouped with another hostel in order for the group to be bigger and you get shown around at the local pubs to end the night in Madrid's biggest disco. The ambiance feels a bit cold during check-in hours, but as you approach the evening, everyone opens up and it feels a lot more alive.
Located in the city centre, it has easy access by metro as there is a metro station two streets (or five minutes' walk) from the hostel, as well as easy access by car and walking. Every big monument is located at less than a ten-minute walk and there is plenty to do around the hostel. When you check out, you have the chance to leave your luggage at the hostel's baggage garage, meaning you can spend more time visiting the city centre with ease even after checking out.
Rooms and Bathrooms
You'll get a basic dorm room with everything you need -- a personal electricity plug, plus a big locker that allows you to store plenty of stuff and keep it safe. There's a comfy and clean bed but with a bad pillow -- we have to fold it two times in order for it to be big enough. The bathroom is the most underwhelming part; on our floor, there is a single bathroom/shower, which gets flooded anytime someone takes a shower, so you can expect a nice amount of water on the floor in the bathroom. It does have all the basic necessities -- a hair dryer, electric shaver plug, paper towels to dry your hands, and a soap dispenser.
As you enter, you have the lobby and a TV, which is on and off and the remote is available for everyone; here, you have a few couches where you can sit and talk to the people who come in. Then you have the kitchen, which is a bit tiny if you keep in mind all the people that the hostel can hold. It works if everyone takes turns to have breakfast, but if everyone decides to come in at the same time you'll have a problem. The breakfast is pretty basic, you have everything you need -- coffee, orange juice, milk, cereals, and toast -- but it feels a tiny bit underwhelming. Next to the kitchen, you have the computer room/study, there is plenty of space for anyone to get comfy and get his computer out. There are three computers available with internet access for anyone to use, but as previously mentioned, there is plenty of space to get your own computer out in case that all the computers are taken.
It's not the best of hostels that you can find in the area, but it's good enough to spend a few nights (if you are staying any longer than two nights you should bring your own pillow). The accessibility makes up for the tiny common spaces, and as you are in the city centre there is no need to stay in the hostel, since everything you can imagine is at walking distance and even the airport is only at thirty minutes if you take the metro. All in all, this is a decent hostel in middle of a living city.