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Best cheap airport hotel/hostel in Madrid?

Old Apr 10th, 2014, 10:19 PM
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Best cheap airport hotel/hostel in Madrid?

Spending 3 weeks in Europe with a friend and bought round-trip airfare via Madrid. Spending our first week in Spain then flying back to Madrid the day before our flight back to the U.S. Our flight arrives at Barajas at 9:30am. I thought it would make the most sense to stay at an airport hotel, so we'd take the shuttle to the hotel, drop our backpacks off, then take the metro into the city for one last rendezvous for the remainder of the day/evening before taking the metro back to the hotel. Our flight departs the next day at 12:45pm.

On a wicked tight budget, so I think the best options I've found, all for 45 euro for the night (this is the total price not per person, right?) are AXOR Feria, Ibis, and Hostal Viky. Any insight on the differences between these three? Which would you recommend? Or a completely different one?

(I know myself, and I'd prefer to sleep near the airport rather than in the city so as not to be stressed out worrying about waking up and timing the metro correctly in the morning.)
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Old Apr 11th, 2014, 09:02 AM
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The only time I'd stay out near the airport would be if I had an early morning flight. Other than that, there's no reason not to stay in the center of the city and enjoy your last day in Spain.

You don't need to worry about getting out to the airport. You can take the Express bus and be there in under 40 minutes (www.emtmadrid.es/lineaAeropuerto/index.html)
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Old Apr 11th, 2014, 02:56 PM
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Axor Feria and Ibis are fine. But take Roberto¡'s advice and enjoy downtown Madrid. Your flight is not an early one out and you can easily get to the airport in timely fashion. Just stay in a convenient neighborhood in Madrid.. it might cost more than at the airport but you can enjoy the nightlife longer.
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Old Apr 11th, 2014, 03:59 PM
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I agree... don't stay at the airport! You will have plenty of time to get there the next day.
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Old Apr 11th, 2014, 05:28 PM
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Brittney; You do not have much time in Madrid if you have a 12:45pm flight.

For me, I could do it. Get up at 6am and have breakfast.

By 7am get out to the streets of Madrid and enjoy.

Get back to the hotel to then allow 3 hours from the time you get on the metro [9:45am] until take off at 12:45pm.

So get on the metro at 9:45am and get to the airport in perhaps 20 minutes. Then it's a short walk to the airport proper and it's then 2 to 2 1/2 hours to take off.

Can it be done--yes, but understand, it's not like you will have much time in the morning.

That's what you have to decide. Staying at the airport you can spend whatever time you have the day before your flight in Madrid.

Or you can spend the night in Madrid, have much time to enjoy and then have a little bit of Madrid in the morning.

Whatever you decide, you will have fun.

I just thought a little perspective of what each decision entails gives you a better idea of how YOU approach returning home.
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Old Apr 11th, 2014, 07:38 PM
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If you decide to stay near the airport, Hotel Don Luis or Hotel Barajas Plaza.
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Old Apr 12th, 2014, 01:24 AM
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According to their websites neither of those hotels have a shuttle and one is a 10 minute walk to the metro with suitcases. Are these really your favorite places you have stayed in Barajas?
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Old Apr 12th, 2014, 05:53 AM
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Like almost everyone else, I very much recommend to stay in Madrid, you'll be in the airport in no time.

Some budget tips:

Stay in great value and basic hotel standard La Perla Asturiana as central as it gets in Madrid, next door to majestic Plaza Mayor and two hundred meters from vibrant Plaza Santa Ana. A double with private bathroom is 30-58€: http://www.perlaasturiana.com/

Have a fabulous value three course lunch menú del día with wine included for 10,50€ at local atmosphere Casa Marta, three hundred meters from the hotel and close to the Opera and the Royal Palace. http://gastronomyblog.com/2010/07/01/casa-marta-madrid/

Or three course lunch with drinks incl for 9€ at Casa Granada. On the 6th floor of an apartment building just off Plaza Tirso de Molina, three hundred meters from the hotel in the opposite direction. Hard to find and an excellent terrace. http://www.tripfilms.com/Travel_Vide...ada-Video.html

The two of you can have the best grilled chicken in town, a large salad and a bottle of cider for 16€ at Casa Mingo. Add 2€ for a bottle of house wine. http://www.casamingo.es/
Watch the video, and you're sold:

Have a great value breakfast in one of the hundreds of bars all around, nothing beats the atmosphere in a popular Spanish breakfast place. For example, you can have a 3€ breakfast deal with fresh orange juice, sandwich or tostada and an excellent cup of coffee at one of my favourite breakfast places, Valdemeso in C/Mesoneros Romanos. Also fine tapas and great value lunch time menú del día.

Free tapas with every glass of whatever in many Madrid bars: http://www.gadling.com/2011/07/24/to...ats-in-madrid/

Free tapas at Malaspina, Magister and A'Cañada fairly close to the hotel:

And several places that serves free and generous tapas with every drink in Mercado de las Maravillas (traditonal food market). http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...maravillas.cfm

And you could visit world class museums Prado and Reina Sofía for free! Both can be a fantastic experience, just know to limit yourself!
Prado: Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm to 8pm, Sundays and holidays from 5pm to 7pm. https://www.museodelprado.es/en/
Reina Sofía: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 7pm - 9pm., Sundays 3pm - 7pm. http://www.museoreinasofia.es/en
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Old Apr 12th, 2014, 06:09 AM
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... and I almost forgot, free tapas with every glass in the bar area at Fragua del Vulcano just off Plaza Santa Ana, very close to the hotel:

And a huge Bocadillo for 3€ will be a full meal at any of the excellent and typical bocadillo places at Plaza Mayor, just behind the hotel. La Campana is one of them, and the Bocadillo de Calamares is a Madrid speciality, But you can also have bocadillos with grilled meat, sausages, ham, cheese etc for the same price: http://www.yelp.com/biz/la-campana-madrid-2
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Old Apr 12th, 2014, 09:57 AM
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lincasanova on Apr 12, 14 at 1:24am
"According to their websites neither of those hotels have a shuttle and one is a 10 minute walk to the metro with suitcases."

These hotels don't need a shuttle. They are both 15 min walks to the airport, or you can hop on the bus at the corner and be there in a few minutes. Yes the metro is 6 blocks or so but I don't consider that far, depends on luggage of course, but OP just has backpacks. Both hotels are near nice restaurants and bars and have excellent reviews.

" Are these really your favorite places you have stayed in Barajas?"

No but that was not the question.
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Old Apr 15th, 2014, 08:29 PM
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Thank you so much everyone! I'm definitely going to be checking out all of those restaurant and tapas recommendations!

I'm still leaning towards staying near the airport. There's no way I can both enjoy the nightlife and then wake up at 6am to enjoy one last morning in downtown Madrid haha We already have three nights in Madrid at the start of our trip (yes, I know that's never enough!), so I think we'll stick with Madrid in the day and evening then back to the hotel for the night. It's the end of a 3-week trip, so I know we'll both be exhausted. We're also in our early twenties, so having to wake up at 9am at the airport hotel is already kinda early for us haha I had a bad experience being bumped off my flight home from Madrid a few years ago (until I found out I got compensated 500 euro!), so that's probably factoring into my decision a bit.
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Old Apr 15th, 2014, 08:57 PM
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We like the Madrid airport and usually try to go through that airport when going to Europe. It is easier and less stressful for us to stay near the airport and take the Metro into town if there is a layover. We have stayed at Hotel Clement Barajas several times and it has a shuttle to the airport. It is not much more than the hotels you describe and we find it very comfortable. You can prepay and get a better deal.
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Old Apr 15th, 2014, 11:23 PM
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Yes, Hotel Clement Barajas is an excellent choice also, it is next to the Ibis. If you want a pool, the Novotel and Pullman are great and walking distance to restaurants and large Corte Inglés ( Hipercor) in a very quiet neighborhood. Sometimes you can fein decent rates fro them.. Pullman my absolute favorite at Barajas but frequently over budget for us
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Old Apr 16th, 2014, 12:32 AM
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excuse me.. find decent rates for them
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