I'm sitting here absolutely frazzled yet weirdly energetic at the same time. Charlie and I have just spent a whirlwind 72 hours in Madrid. For now though, I wanted to share with you my thoughts on our hotel!
I'm renowned for being super fussy when it comes to accommodation. I have a long list of boxes that need to be picked so I can often end up spending
days hours trawling through Expedia, Travel Republic and TripAdvisor for a hotel that suits my needs.
Not only am I a bit of a germaphobe and cleanliness freak (like really, I almost cried when there was a hair on my bed once. Ok yes I shed a few tears) I also like if the interiors are neutral, fresh and contemporary. When I came across the Praktik Metropol it appeared to tick all of the boxes...
The Room: Neutral monochrome vibes - check. We were upgraded courtesy of the hotel to a deluxe room, which meant we had a little bit of extra space. I personally love the minimal interiors look so this room was made for me. We had the perfect amount of space, a HUGE kingsize bed and a decent bathroom. As I said cleanliness is a big deal for me, the room was pretty clean but perhaps could have done with a deep clean but most people probably wouldn't even notice it. I have a bit of a hawkeye. Communal Space: The hotel has a really gorgeous communal floor where you can find the reception. The hotel actually shares the building with one or two other hotels on different floors. Here you'll find an array of quirky chairs, printed wooden flooring, computers, a coffee machine and selection of magazines. It's a great area for those travelling for business (or blogging!) as it offers a really relaxed and pretty space to work in.
The Location: I don't think you could even get more central! The hotel is located on Montera which is just off the Gran Via - the 'main' street in Madrid. There isn't a grand entrance, in fact it's pot luck if you spot the doorway, it's wedged between a Tapas bar and a McDonalds (they get everywhere don't they - and no we didn't eat there!!). The building is quite old and is undergoing renovation works at the moment so it's unfortunately covered with scaffolding but we weren't fussed as we spent most of our time out and about anyway.
Value: We paid 400 euros for three nights, so it worked out about £105 a night which is pretty good for a city! It's probably one of the cheapest stays I've had and although it didn't include any extras, all we needed was a good bed, cleanliness and a spot on location.
Extras: One thing that really appealed to me when booking this hotel, other than its quirkiness, was the rooftop terrace! Offering stunning views over the city, I loved this little extra.
If you happen to be planning a trip to Madrid I would definitely recommend the Praktik Metropol. For good value, dreamy monochrome interiors and a central location - it has it all! I'll be back with my city guide soon so be sure to check back!
Find out more at www.praktikmetropol.com