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Laundromats in Madrid, Barcelona (redux) and, by extension, elsewhere in Europe

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We're just back from Spain, and I'm glad to be able to answer the question that I posted here before we left. First, I should mention that this is a little long and mainly of interest to Midwesterners, who are especially concerned about clean underwear. For those of us raised in Ohio and environs, wearing dirty clothes isn't a viable option. Plus I like to figure out how I'd live wherever we're traveling, and I can't envision doing hand laundry as a regular thing.

In central Madrid there's a small, clean self-serve LavaMatic at Calle Cruz #35. It's just off the Plaza Santa Ana and within easy walking distance from Plaza Major, near where we were staying. Plus it's just down the street from a Maestro Churro that has good hot chocolate. My wife and I spent a pleasant Saturday morning there, learning how to use the machines (instructions in English but require some puzzling out)and helping a young Spanish soldier do the same. It was our first laundromat in Spain, and it was his first time doing laundry on his own. Go by 11 am or earlier to get a washer.

We found out about this place through our hotel, a two-star that didn't offer laundry service. In contrast, the four-star hotel in Barcelona did have laundry service (E1.80 each for men's slips, apparently a euphemism for jockey shorts)and no information on local laundromats. However, I found before we left that the Rough Guide for Barcelona has an extensive list of laundromats (indexed under "laundry"). And the Time Out guide to Barcelona (7th ed.) that I was using lists a few, although they're not indexed and I didn't come across them 'til near the end of the trip. (They're on p. 191 for those using this otherwise useful guide book.)

By extension and from experience now in a half dozen cities or so, I think it's fairly easy and kind of interesting to find laundromats pretty much anywhere in Europe. After all, they have dirty underwear to contend with too.

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