By Nancy Todd
Spanish hostales can be cool places to stay. It is important to know what you want and get your info before you arrive blurry eyed from that overseas flight.Click here for a great site for hostels in Madrid . They have a customer ranking system based on percentages in the following areas: staff, cleanliness, safety, and value. No booking fee. Here’s some Scoop for you to consider:
l. Elevators - Some hostales are on upper floors. If you have a 63-pound backpack, and your room is on the 8th floor, you definitely don’t want a walk up.
2. Air Conditioning – Madrid cooks in the summer. Yes, even those of you who rough it, believe me, you will want AC.
3. Centrally located – This means different locations to different people. Some hostals will promise you are close to EVERYTHING. Wrong. Impossible. Google map your hostal location if it is important to you. Saving money on transportation and going back six times in awe of your favorite museum can be important criteria.
4. Bathrooms – Just how many people are going to share a bathroom? Are you ok with mixed gender bathrooms?
5. Wireless access to the internet – Important to you? Check it out before you book.
6. Checking in and out – Some hostales have weird check in and out times that may not co-ordinate with your travel plans.
7. Price? - I won’t stay in a hostales that is under 20 euros, and that is pushing it. I want my hostales clean with no creepy crawlies.
Prices listed vary with the time of year. Need some tapas with your hostales? Check out The Scoop’s recommendations in Madrid.
Color Host Hostal – Requires two night stay. Fresh and, guess what? Ikea colorful. Close to stores, discos, restaurants. In Chueca neighborhood. Double with private bath, 50 euros. You are paying more for the color. http://www.colorshost.com/
Hostal Condestable - All rooms with bathrooms. Check out the pictures. Clean and new. AC. 30- 40 euros for a single. www.hostalcondestable.com
Hostal Bahia Madrid – Central. Some rooms with balconies. Extra beds 15 euros. Free wireless. Parking nearby. 22.50 euros. Next to the Plaza del Sol in the center. http://www.hostalbahiamadrid.es/en-index.html
Barbieri International Hostel – Free maps, a multi-lingual staff, guest kitchen, and lots of tourist info. A free breakfast is included. I bet there are lots of corn flakes. 24-hour staff. http://www.barbierihostel.com/ privates, 22 euros.
Cat’s Hostel - Central with secure lockers. Bar with very helpful staff. Dorm rooms only. Courtyard for hanging out. Maybe you will see some cats. 17 euros. www.catshostel.com