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Friday dawned and the breeze was cold! Boots, layers and another layer to be safe.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Catalonia Las Cortes Madrid
A 4* hotel in an area close to many 5* hotels. Walking distance to the major museums, and in a great neighborhood a half-block from Santa Anna Plaza, which is a sweet little square with lively cafes and tapas places around it. The little side streets have some good restaurants and a few good shops. It's a ten-minute walk to the chaos of Puerta de Sol and the sleazier Gran Via.
Nous sommes des habitués de Madrid, donc nous connaissons les hôtels plutôt bien, et Las Cortes offrait tout ce que l'on attend d'un hôtel. Il est également TRES bon marché. Il a dû être récemment rénové ou réaménagé car tout est en parfaite condition. La propreté était impeccable et la chambre était aussi TRES calme (chose assez rare dans les hôtels madrilènes). Mais la situation est son plus grand atout. Juste à côté de la place Sainte Anne, c'est la situation idéale pour marcher vers tous les sites principaux et c'est au coeur du quartier des bars à tapas et des animations nocturnes. Désavantages ? La seule chose qui vienne à l'esprit est l'absence d'accès facile à Internet (il y avait peut-être une connexion, mais on était tellement pris par nos vacances qu'on n'a pas demandé), ce qui est plutôt rare de nos jours.
Le meilleur endroit jusqu'à présent !!!!
Quel hôtel fabuleux. Les chambres sont supers, à très bon prix, seulement 65 euros pour une chambre à deux lits, qui étaient plus 5 étoiles que 4 étoiles ! La situation est magnifique, car l'hôtel n'était situé qu'à 5 minutes à pied de la Gran Via. Il y a un parking souterrain à moins de 100 mètres. Le personnel était très serviable, quoi que l'on cherche à Madrid, ils vous aideront à le trouver. Il y a 2 douches dans la salle de bain, donc on peut se préparer en couple au même moment. C'est l'un des meilleurs hôtels que l'on connaisse en Espagne et on vient ici 3 à 4 fois par an. On reviendra sans aucun doute.
I echo everything that has been said by Young(ish)_couple, Bristol.
We stayed at the Catalonia Las Cortes for a couple of nights at the start of November. The weather was horrible but the hotel was great to retreat to when the rain was too much! It is very convenient for the main sites of 'old' Madrid. We could walk to the 3 main museums and the Royal Palace in less than 20 mins. The nearby square Santa Ana I'm sure would have been lovely in the sun! There are lots of places to eat nearby - we went to the Italian on Leon Street which was reasonably priced with good basic food. The square may be noisy in the summer months but we had a room at the top of the hotel facing away from the street and we had the best night's sleep we've had for a while! Our room was clean and modern with a wonderful bathroom and a flat screen telly, mini bar and more than enough room for luggage. We also appreciated the free safe in the wardrobe in the room. Breakfast was included in our deal and it was a good mix of cold meats, hot food, cereals, pastries and fruit - I especially liked the doughnuts! We would recommend this hotel if you are on a short break and want to be close to the main tourist attractions. Look out for a good deal on the price and you can't go far wrong with this hotel.
As regulars to Madrid we know what is on offer reasonably well, and Las Cortes offered everything we want in a hotel. It was also EXTEMELY good value.
It must have been recently renovated or refreshed because everything was in pristene condition. Cleanliness could not be faulted and the room was also VERY quiet (quite a rarity in Madrid hotels). Best of all is the location. Just off Plaza St Anna it is the ideal location with a short walk to any of the main attractions and in the centre of Tapas Bar grazing area and nightlife.
Negatives? Only one that comes to mind was the lack of obvious internet availabilty (it may have been available, but as we were locked away on holiday we didn't ask), which is quite unusual these days.
Brand new hotel in a great location a block from the always lively Santa Ana square, full of restaurants and outdoor cafes. Also near the Prado, Sol, and Plaza Mayor, walking distance to all major Madrid tourist sites. Good sized, well-appointed rooms mix decorative crown moulding, hardwood floors, and marble baths with modern touches like flat screen TVs and modern lighting and plumbing and modern, neutral palette. Comfortable beds and very quiet. Stayed here twice a week apart and exterior room was more pleasant than interior (which was quite dark). Neither of our rooms had the frescoes advertised on the website, but both did have high tray ceilings. Helpful staff and swift check in/check out. Bar/restaurant not anywhere you'd want to "hang out," but no need due to location. Paid 99E for weekend nights, a bargain for a hotel in a major city with this level of room and location.
We actually booked the Catalonia Moratin Hotel but when we arrived they apologised and said they were accidentally overbooked but they had rooms for us in the Catalonia Les Cortes hotel nearby. They put us in a taxi and although it was a long way by road (one-way system) it was actually just round the corner and turned out to be an excellent accident. The Calonia Les Cortes was an excellent base for all the art museums which was our main ineterst. The room we had was spacious and with a very large bathroom, separate power shower and bath. We were lucky because our window overlooked an internal courtyard which means it was very quiet. Our friends had a room overlooking the next street which proved rather noisy, but we were allo better of than our original hotel which was on a very noisy street, Calle Atocha, avoid it you can. Excellent breakfast, friendly helpful desk staff who speak good English. Highly recommended.
Tranquilidad en pleno centro
Hotel de reciente apertura. Habitaciones impecables. Camas magníficas, grandes y cómodas. Muy bien situado, céntrico, en zona animada pero tranquilidad absoluta en el hotel. Buffet excelente y variado. La única pega, el personal, no muy a la altura de un cuatro estrellas de su categoría.
The best place yet!!!
What a fantastic Hotel. Great rooms, great price, only £44 for a twin room that was more 5 star than 4 star! Location is brilliant as it was only 5 mins walk from Gran Via. Underground Parking within 100 yards. Staff really helpful, no matter what you are looking for in Madrid, they will help you find it. 2 showers in the bathroom so you can both get ready at the same time. One of the best hotels we have stayed at in Spain and we go there 3 to 4 times a year. Will def go back.