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Hostal Alaska met all our expectations and exceeded even. We wanted good location, clean room and privat bathroom. Location probably can't be better (Plaza del Sol), everything was very clean and showers are excellent (both the shower in our room and two common showers on...More
The location of this hostal is great because is only one block away from Puerta del Sol and everything is near it... From really early in the morning down to 7pm it was extremely noisy, every single day there was people doing some sort of...More
We were 4 people staying here for 1 night, the location is very close to Metro Sol but the space of the room was very small and none of the receptionists were speaking English, they couldn't understand what we said and unable to give us...More
I was desparate when I arrived at the door of the Alaska. exhausted and hungry. The bar was full of people speaking a foreign language I could not understand (not Spanish) and I spoke breifly to the barman about getting a room. We went upstairs...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.