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This hostal is very well placed. And the price is really very good . The room are basic but well attended, not high expectations but they are clean and the air conditioning/ heating work well . I spend there a couple of nights but for...More
This hotel is just awful. The room felt like a prison cell - grey and FILTHY. The furniture is older than I am, the bedding and towels had ciggarette burns and was threadbare, didn't want to stand on the floor in bare feet it was...More
Hostal Apolo was the final hotel for a small group tour I recently did. All of the hotels were pretty average, but Apolo has the distinction of being the worst by quite a stretch.
Technically it should be okay. The location was close to the...More
The main advantage for this hotel is that it's in a good location within easy walking distance to everything, and it's reasonably cheap. The rest was incredibly disappointing.
One of the main receptionists really made our arrival hellish, ranting at us angrily in Spanish (we...More
Firstly, be aware that there are two "Apolo"s in this area of Madrid: this hotel and Hostal Apolo XI. Don't print out directions to the wrong one like we did ;)
We arrived here quite late at night, and my first impression was that the...More
Walking into this neighbourhood is like entering a different country ... except it's hard to tell which one it is. One side of Calle Lavapiés is lined with Indian restaurants, the other with kebab shops. Men in traditional African clothing convene outside their businesses for long chats, and people shout to each other across plazas and streets. Interspersed among ethnic specialty shops are independent theaters and
dance studios, and two large arts and cultural centers — the beautiful Casa Encendida and the Tabacalera, a former tobacco factory — all of which attract young crowds. Along Calle Argumosa, the place to go for drinks, artists and art appreciators with piercings and dreadlocks convene in the street’s eclectic array of young, hip bars. Though some of the side streets can get a little seedy at night, Lavapiés is still the place to go for those seeking a unique blend of arts and culture in an international and funky neighbourhood.