Hostal Villar, Madrid
The two star, 46 room Hostal Villar is located on the rocking Principe Street a 2 minute walk to Puerta del Sol and adjacent to the tapas-a-plenty Plaza Santa Ana in Madrid. From here you can easily walk to the city’s major museums, Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen, and the ostentatious Royal Palace.
This royal behemoth of a dwelling has an astounding 2800 rooms, of which you can visit 50 of the highlights. King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia don’t live here, but in the “modest” (in comparison) Palacio de la Zarzuela: this is said to be because the king complained that by the time his dinner got to the table it was ice cold (not surprising). Wander the area and explore the quaint little tapas bars offering their specialties and the best-served cañas in Spain, slow poured with a head. Late night, you won’t have to go far, being on one of the main streets full of the bar and street life. Plaza de Santa Ana teems with the Madrid throngs, and Calle Huertas has loads of bar options.This Hostel has been recommended in Fodors, Eurocheapo and Let's Go guides, and has clean, simply decorated rooms, equipped with all the necessities to make you feel comfortable, but with no superfluous luxuries. The friendly, professional staff in this family-run hostel is helpful for recommendations. It is close to Madrid’s excellent public transport (metro, bus, taxi). A basic, centrally located Hostel where you will feel at home.
Hostal Villar: Location and transport
Located within 7 minutes walking distance from Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor, perfectly connected by several bus stations and a taxi stand, one street over from Antón Martín metro station (line 1); just a 15 minute walk to the museums Del Prado, Thyssen- Bornemisza and Reina Sofía, 5 minutes walk off Atocha train station (RENFE).