The Petit Palace is a small, clean hotel which offers free internet; which is an added plus. It is quite safe; but it is in a very congested area of Madrid.
The hotel is right around the corner from Gran Via,which is a large avenue with many
shops, restaurants and traffic. A car is not necessary because you can walk or take the metro to most places. The Metro makes going on day trips quite easy. The Metro in Spain is very clean and efficient.
Because many of the rooms in the front of the hotel are right off Gran Via, it is quite noisy at night. Request a room in the back of the hotel if you are staying with children.
Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Short walk from hotel
When buying a ticket for the metro, get the 10 ticket ride because you save money and you are bound to use the metro many times during your visit.