Hostal Gran Via 442.0 out of 5.0
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Hostal is located across Callao square on 8th floor on Gran Via 44 as name suggests. We had private room which was very small and had no closet space just couple of hangers. But it's perfectly adequate for people who need just a place to sleep. Bathroom was ok and toiletries provided. Reception is on 7th floor. Single elevator is small and constantly occupied. Also rooms are ready quite late, may be 3-5 pm.
2 night stay. There are lots of different reviews from people. So I wasn't sure what to expect. On the Main Street running through Madrid. Close to everything. Old building with small rooms inside. Very basic but clean and bright. No noise issues. On the 8th floor. The reception is on the 7th floor. I had a single room. Nice shower. Small room with window. No lift issues when I was here and I mostly used the stairs. It's basic but clean and I would stay here last minute again no problem. This is not a hostel.
I was worried after booking and seeing some of the more recent reviews but we were attending for a music festival so I thought it was worth keeping the booking given how cheap it was. I honestly think some of the reviews are harsh, the reception staff were lovely to us and let us leave our bags on arrival as we were 5 hours early for check in, our rooms were clean (and cleaned every day) and the view over the city was amazing. Yes, as per other reviews the lift can be an issue, it is used by many other hostals in the building and is small and busy. It did break a couple of times but if you wait they get it fixed really quickly. Reception is on floor 7 but most rooms on floor 8 - just something to be aware of when checking in. We are already planning our next visit to Madrid and plan to stay here again
Staff are not even polite. When I told the young man that my room was cold and I wanted to use one of the rooms facilities (heater) he just looked at me and said with a debauched expression: "It's not cold". Well, not for him. He is european. For me, 10 degrees is COLD. I paid the room, i have the right to use its facilities. AND BE PREPARED TO NEVER GET AN ANSWER BY EMAIL. They never answer you by email, just by phone. Location is good and the room is new.
I booked three rooms for four nights at this hostel. I was drawn by the pictures of the rooms. I was expecting a much better lodging. Extremely dissatisfied and disappointed. The first thing you must bear in mind, that I didn't realize when I booked the rooms, is that the hostel is in an eight floor and there are other hostels in the other floors which share a small crummy elevator, full of graffiti, and that just has space for two persons with luggage. And it works just once in a while. If it's not working they send you on a stinky service elevator to the seventh floor and then you have to take the stairs to the eighth floor. The check in is at a seventh floor, and the hostel is at the eight. The rooms looked good and the bed was comfortable but the air conditioner was like the elevator, worked once in a while. On the last two nights, when it was really warm, it didn't work at all. The bathroom looked good too but had a problem with the shower's drainage. It wasn't properly draining and it caused an overflow which brought water all over the room's floor. I made a report at the front desk, and the clerk came to see what happened, and said somebody would come to fix the problem. One of the travel mates had an issue with the door lock and they said somebody will be sent. NOBODY EVER CAME. SAME THING HAPPENED WITH THE A/C. Though the room looks modern the towels were really old. The only positive thing is that this place is close to the center of night life of Madrid. However, it's a problem for people like me, who go to bed early. At night we woke up several times with doors being slammed by people returning from hanging out. Ones at 1:00 AM, others at 3:00 AM, and others at 5:00 AM. Very rude people. Another issue is the parking. I suggest that you call them in advance to take note of the address. I didn't do it and ended parking at the closest parking lot which ended being the wrong one for which I paid around €32 per night. The one that the hostel has is farther and they charge €25 per night. There were other guests complaining of the same issue. I tried to get out of this place but I booked through a website which didn't allow it. In conclusion, I wouldn't stay here again. And if this people were more customer service oriented they should give us at least a partial refund for all the inconveniences we had to endure.
I went there in July 2012 with my parents and some friends. We were five in a room for five so that gave more security. The room was very big so as the bathroom. The price is very reasonable thinking that you are in the main road in Madrid. So that means being close to almost everything. Anyway, the room was not too clean and we were in a room with windows facing this main road so it was very noisy. We went in summer so we left most of the night the windows open because there was not air conditioner and it was hot. So you had to choose between hot ot noisy.
The best thing about this place is the location. It's perfectly situated in a major shopping and cultural district. There are plenty of cheap places to eat right outside the door. Another positive was the view from the balcony. You could see right across the city, which was especially amazing at night. There are cons to this hostel, though. The first is that there was no kitchen or cooking facility, which I had expected, being a "hostel". There was no fridge in our room either, which meant that all of our meals had to be purchased as we explored throughout the day. Expensive, when your a budget traveller on a year-long trip. The second concern was that this hostel was on the 8th floor & that the lift was broken on a few occasions. 8 floors may not seem like much, but I am young & fit & those stairs were a killer with a 20kg backpack, or after a whole day of walking around the city. The third problem was the fact that there was a shower in the room. This would have been fine, but my boyfriend & I were travelling with another friend, so it meant that whenever one of us wanted a shower, the other two had to wait out in the corridor on the floor ... Which leads me to number four ... There was no common room, which again, I had expected, being a "hostel". I would call Granvia Hostel 44 more of a "budget hotel". Overall, we had a semi-enjoyable stay. For the price we paid (€11 each p/night) it was a pretty neat bargain. Next time though, I think I'll stick to the hostels with more facilities and a better vibe.
We only stayed there for one night but it was enough... The hostel looks dirty and neglected. The rooms were filthy. Our sheets had stains and hairs on them. The door to the bathroom was falling apart. The hostel is located in the eight floor of an old building... The elevator seems really old and makes weird noises. The only positive thing is the location (good but overrated) but it isn't worth it.
Couldn't fault this place at all, felt more like a hotel than a hostel and its right in the centre of Madrid. Room was very clean. It also has a computer and Internet which you can use for free which was very useful to find things to do.
We stayed here for a city break last year. We were given a standard double room with the window facing the inside of the property. This was more like a bed and breakfast and it turned out to be a lovely place to stay. Fantastic location. Hostal Granvia was based right next to the main shopping area and a short walking distance from the metro system, so everywhere was easily accessible. Our room was clean, reasonably spacious and we had an en-suite bathroom with warm showers. It was very quiet there which was great for a good nights sleep. The hotel had an elevator, which is needed as the Hostal is quite high up. The staff were friendly and we even had the luxury of breakfast in bed when they brought it to our room. Overall, we had no issues at all and felt very safe there. I would strongly recommend staying here, excellent value for money.
- Walking distance to Plaza Mayor and Plaza de Espana
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- 24-hour front desk
Located in Gran Via, Hostal Gran Via 44 is within a 10-minute walk of popular sights such as Plaza Mayor and Plaza de Espana. This 9-room hostal welcomes guests with conveniences like a coffee shop/café, free in-room WiFi, and a 24-hour front desk. Royal Palace and Almudena Cathedral are also within a short walk.
Start your day off right with continental breakfast, which is served for a fee from 8 AM to 11 AM. Savor a meal from the privacy of your room with room service, or get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café.
The 9 rooms are air-conditioned and have safes. Guests can enjoy free WiFi and flat-screen TVs. Hair dryers are also standard.
Guests of Hostal Gran Via 44 have access to free WiFi in public areas. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with luggage storage, and answer any questions about the accommodations.
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59% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 81 reviews