Popular with Americans, this basic yet comfortable apartment hotel is situated a few steps from the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza, and the Plaza Santa Ana tapas area. It has attractive attic studios on the fourth floor (with sloped, wood-beam ceilings) and larger suites downstairs; all apartments are brightly decorated and have marble bathrooms and basic kitchens. They also serve breakfast at no charge, which can be ordered as room service. Triples and quadruples are a great deal.
With wall-to-wall carpeting, white pleather couches, and spiral-patterned headboards, accommodations may have been trendy in the early aughts but feel tired and tacky today. Once you get past the décor, you'll love the rooms' spaciousness and cleanliness.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Tall travelers would be wise to avoid booking rooms on the top floor, whose low ceilings make for frequent head bumps.
Bathrooms are bright and well-appointed with marble walls and vanity tops, plus his-and-her sinks and fluffy white towels.
To make room for the enormous rooms, there's no comfortable lobby—just a check-in desk manned by helpful, down-to-earth staff.
Before arriving, contact reception if you prefer exterior views and/or queen-size (i.e., not pushed-together twin) beds.
Everybody loves breakfast in bed, and at Suite Prado, continental breakfasts (including croissants, cereal, and rolls) are brought to your room each morning on a silver tray—at no additional charge.
Most of Madrid's main attractions are at your fingertips at Suite Prado, but for adventures further afield (or to give your legs a rest), hop on the metro at Antón Martín (Line 1) or Sevilla (Line 2).
Venture outside the neighborhood for most of your meals— the hotel is surrounded by mediocre restaurants that cater to the tourbus crowd. Taking a 7-minute taxi to the nearby Salamanca district is a good idea; there, you can have a sit-down meal that oozes old-school Spanish elegance at El Paraguas, or, alternatively, embark on a tapas crawl, hitting La Máquina (cocktails and finger food), Cinco Jotas (premium jamón ibérico), and Ultramarinos Quintín (rawbar and flatbreads).
Pop into one of Hemingway’s old haunts called La Venencia (1-minute walk), a sherry-only bar that hasn’t changed a lick since the Spanish Civil War, from its no-tipping policy, to its salty waiters, to its chalked bar tabs. Follow your aperitivo with an exhilarating flamenco performance down the road at Cardamomo Tablao (buy tickets to the show in advance).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Bargain hunters love this city-center hotel for its spacious, well-maintained suites available at rock-bottom prices. Sure, the interiors aren't the most inspiring, but what this property lacks in fashion sense it makes up for with complimentary room service (who even does that?!) and amicable staff.