$103 Avg/night
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Petit Palace Mayor Plaza - Main Square

4 stars
View map of Mayor, 46, Madrid, 28013

Hotel Overview

Ratings and reviews for Petit Palace Mayor Plaza - Main Square

Overall score

3.6 / 5
5.01.0
14 out of 14
Amenities:
3.3
Cleanliness:
4.4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3.6
Location:
4.6
Value:
3.9

71% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Petit Palace Mayor Plaza - Main Square

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
DC Mom
Business
Washington DC
Jul 19, 2009

Good Basic Hotel with Terrific Location

We did not do much to research hotel locations in Madrid so we were very pleasantly surprised to find out how well this hotel is situated to many of the most frequented sites in Madrid - the Cathedral, the Palace, Place Major and the Museums Sofia and Prado. Our family size room was not available when we first checked in so they put us in two (non) adjoining rooms the first night which was fine given the age of our kids but would not have worked had they been much younger. The hotel is definitely no frills and it is not too clear how they received a 4 star rating as there is no restaurant (except for breakfast), no lobby, no gym, no pool and little in the way of frills in the room. What it does have is a fantastic location - among the best that we saw and given that it is literally on top of shops and restaurants, the food was not an issue. The room we moved into was perfect for a family with two kids - bunk beds and a queen bed for adults. Bathrooms do not have tubs but shower is nice with rainhead fixtures and lots of space. Each room comes equipped with a free laptop and internet connection which was nice to have and the view from our large patio (room 701) was absolutely fantastic. Breakfast is expensive in the hotel (16 euros each although they inexplicitly charged us 15 on our bill) and not worth the money in my opinion given the wealth of other nearby options. After first day, we went around the corner to a small bakery called Mi Croissant and bought baked goods and fresh juice for breakfast for about 4 euros. There are also two small but nice little grocery stores a block away in either direction from the hotel and a wonderful open air market directly across the street to buy fruit and other goodies. We also bought bottled water to take with us at the grocery stores where it was .30 a bottle instead of the 1-2 euros at the tourist sites. The city is hot so you end up drinking a lot of water. Although we didnt try them, the hotel has free bikes which could be fun if you know where to go.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Not Applicable

Some quick tips from our four days in Madrid - Jardin Botanique is exquisite and a wonderful way to cool off in the shade of some beautiful gardenss after a long walk in the sun. The garden is situated directly across from the Prado Museum and makes for a nice change of pace after the religious imagery overload of the Prado. Every plant is labeled so it is fun for gardening buffs. Museums are expensive (even more if you get the guided head set tour) and it pays to buy the multi pass for the adults (kids get in free to many places). It is an easy 15 minute walk directly from the hotel to the Prado, the Thyssien, and the Museum Sofia so don't pay for a cab. Buses are easy to use in Madrid and also go directly down or up the hill to the museums and you buy your tickets on the bus from the driver so you dont have to fumble with change (1 euro each). You can take the 6 or 26 bus to the hotel from the train station or the museums - we mistakenly took a cab not knowing how close it was and our driver charged us almost $30 for what could have been a $6 bus ride for the four of us. Food is very expensive in Madrid (the exchange rate really hurts here) and even more so with charges for bread (they bring it to the table but charge a lot for it so wave it away if you dont want it) and bottled water. We were charged 6 euros for a basket for four rock hard baguettes in one place during our first night in Madrid (about $8) that we assumed were free as they were brought to us when we sat down. Sangria and wine are as cheap as water so dont skimp on those at dinner to save money. VIPS chain is a good lunch alternative with young kids who may not want tapas for lunch. They are found throughout the city and the food is good, reasonable, and service is more attentive than most Spanish restaurants. They really do eat late in Madrid - restaurants dont start getting crowded for dinner until 10 or later and twice we were one of the only tables in our restaurant when we dined at 9:30! Many restaurants charge a fee to sit outside so be mindful of that since it is usually 15% of the bill. Some ATM machines charged us a $5 fee to use the machine which seemed quite steep especially when we were using them to get the better exchange rate than the cash exchange places. Walking is really easy in this city - there are maps everywhere and the streets are well marked. No need to take cabs but if you do, agree on the price to your destination before you get in as we found out the hard way from the train station. Finally, heed the warnings about pick pockets especially in a crowd but we found the city to be quite safe and walked down streets even late at night without fear as there were always folks out and about.

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Review of Petit Palace Mayor Plaza - Main Square

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Lablanca
Business
Los Angeles, Ca.
Jul 5, 2009

good location

Good in general. Great location!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Petit Palace Mayor Plaza - Main Square

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
San Luis Obispo, CA
Jul 4, 2009

The Palace Was A Hit

High Tech Hotels Petite Plaza Mayor was great for us to stay. We really liked the proximity to the Plaza. We asked for a room away from the street and they gladly gave us a great inner room (I think it might have been a more expensive room but they gave it to us anyway). I especially loved the laptop computer in the room with access to the Internet. One caution on the Internet, I noticed it always tried to check the "keep me signed in" box for emails and other online sites. Would definitely recommend.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Museo Jamon! Its busy, but have beers, tapas, bocadillos de jahom. 1 Euro each! Also, visit the Mercado just up the street from the hotel. Bueno!

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