Quaint, creaky and utterly charming. This place is about as basic as it gets, and lacks just about everything you'd normally expect, but it's in a wonderful old building, in a quiet, elegant and safe part of town.
It's basically a family-run pension in an unrestored modernista building, and the building itself is full of period charm - rickety old lift, marble stairs, plaster ceilings and art-nouveau stained glass windows. The rooms are simply but tastefully furnished and relatively quiet. The location is OK - bit of a trek to the centre, a good 15 mins or so, but the public transport is excellent and it's almost on top of a metro station.
The owners/staff are unobtrusive and genuinely helpful, offered us a change of room if we wanted it (we were happy where we were). No kettle in the room? - so it meant we spent a lot of time in the local cafes where coffee is ludicrously cheap.
Some people are going to hate this place, and will rattle off lists of inadequacies and shortcomings and rail at the language barrier. We're just so glad we booked it.
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