|| Review of the Hostal Residencia
Valencia, Madrid, Spain.
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Here is an example of what you
get in the inexpensive range of accommodation:
Residencia Valencia, 44 Gran Via, Madrid. Phone #:
91 522 11 15 (from US 011-349-1-522-1115) Fax No.
found my Madrid accommodation through Frommer's site. As I recall, for one
person and a bathroom, the room cost about $32.00
a night (March '99). The hostal occupies 2 floors
of the center building above.
||I must have walked past
their door 5 times. I never looked up to see the
sign above. Lucky for me, I started to check open
doors. The hotel's name was painted on the door. The Valencia is located on the 7th floor(?).
|The room was clean (before I got
there) and well maintained. Furniture was
functional though well used.
|The room had a private bathroom (toilet not
shown). I don't recall ever having a large bathtub in any of my rooms. Generally the tub is half
size and used primarily as a shower. Stoppers for
the tubs are usually not available in these
.Most of the
time there was an English speaking staff person on duty.
Given my limited Spanish speaking abilities, this was a
I found the H.R. Valencia to be a noisy hostal. I had
read of Madrid as a party city and at first I thought it
was Spaniards returning form late night celebration.
Later, I realized the voices, for the most part, were
speaking English. The clerk verified for me later it was
those "noisy Americans" waking me up in the
middle of the night. I stayed at the Valencia on two
different occasions with 2 1/2 weeks between the
stays. Noise was a problem on both visits. On a later
visit to Spain I stayed at another Hostal on the Gran Via
and noise was again a problem. Other than the noise, the
Valencia was a satisfactory hostal for the price.
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