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I stayed here for two nights with a partner in June 2012. we did find it initially difficult to find, it's just a door right beside the O Connell st irish pub. our first impression wasn't great, as it's quite small and on the 4th...More
Great advantage of Hostal Olivier is its location, it is just next to Plaza del Sol. Rooms are cozy but rather small. Bathroom was new although very small. Another thing is a noise from other rooms and pub under the hostal. If somebody like silence...More
It's a hostal but I traveled with enough friends to get a private room so didn't experience the room share experience. The room was ok. Not dirty but certainly not the cleanest. As this and many other lodgings in the area are right above bars...More
Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street performers, colorful lights, window shopping, restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a collection of plazas interconnected by a network of side streets. Some of these side streets are wide pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as
desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.