Abba Castilla Plaza Hotel Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Plaza de Castilla and Chamartin, Madrid, Spain

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Pros

  • Convenient location for business travelers
  • Quiet rooms with flat-screen TVs and large windows
  • Family Rooms can accommodate up to 4 guests
  • Updated, clean bathrooms with wide range of toiletries
  • Amalur restaurant serves creative Basque cuisine
  • Summer terrace with bar service, and a piano bar
  • Thai massages available
  • Solid but expensive breakfast buffet
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking on-site (for a fee) has charging stations for electric vehicles

Cons

  • Far from most tourist attractions (but well connected via public transportation)
  • Business center in the lobby offers little privacy
  • No fitness center
  • Slow elevators

Bottom Line

The 228-room Abba Castilla Plaza is a standard upper-middle-range business hotel. Rooms are clean and surprisingly quiet given the location across the street from a major transportation hub -- but they have generic decor and feel a tad less luxurious than advertised. However, all rooms feature solid amenities, including flat-screen TVs, minibars, and large windows, most of which offer views of iconic Kio Towers. Family Rooms, which can accommodate up to four guests, appeal to leisure travelers, too. But the location in the heart of the financial district of Plaza de Castilla is a little out of the way for those who want to see the sights, and the hotel lacks distinctive charm.

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 Location

On Plaza de Castilla, the heart of the financial district and a major transportation hub

The Abba Castilla Plaza has a hard-to-beat location for those in town for work -- right in the heart of the financial district and across the street from the Intercambiador de Plaza de Castilla, a major public transportation hub that makes moving around Madrid easy, cheap and fast. The hotel offers easy access to the airport, the fair grounds at IFEMA, and the Convention Center, but those who want to see the sights might prefer a more central location.

The area, while hopping and crowded during the day, empties out at night and on weekends. The dining scene is typical of a business area, and restaurants range from fast food joints to small local eateries to upscale spots. However, nice mid-range options are scarce in the immediate neighborhood, as are interesting stores and bars. Farther south, in the area around Santiago Bernabeu stadium (home to Real Madrid soccer team), visitors will find a wide array of stores, restaurants and bars, and a lively nightlife Thursdays through Sunday -- but still few tourist attractions. Major sights are an average of 20 minutes via public transportation.

  • 15-minute drive or 45-minute Metro ride to Madrid-Barajas Airport
  • Across the street from Plaza de Castilla station, a major public transportation hub
  • 18-minute walk of 10-minute Metro ride to Chamartin train station
  • 5-minute bus ride to Cuatro Torres business area
  • 10-minute Metro ride to Santiago Bernabeu stadium
  • 20-minute Metro ride to Plaza de Oriente, home to the Royal Palace, the Royal Theater, and Sabatini Gardens
  • 21-minute Metro ride to Puerta del Sol
  • 21-minute Metro ride to shopping on Gran Via
  • 23-minute Metro ride to upscale shopping on Serrano Street
  • 23-minute bus ride to Puerta de Alcala and Retiro park
  • 24-minute Metro ride to Cibeles
  • 26-minute Metro ride to Templo de Debod Park, with great views and an original Egyptian temple
  • 26-minute Metro ride to Plaza Mayor
  • 27-minute Metro ride to La Latina, a nightlife hotspot
  • 28-minute Metro ride to Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
  • 28-minute Metro ride to Reina Sofia Museum
  • 28-minute bus ride to El Prado Museum
  • 30-minute Metro ride to Atocha train station
  • 33-minute Metro ride to La Almudena Cathedral

 Bottom Line

The 228-room Abba Castilla Plaza is a standard upper-middle-range business hotel. Rooms are clean and surprisingly quiet given the location across the street from a major transportation hub -- but they have generic decor and feel a tad less luxurious than advertised. However, all rooms feature solid amenities, including flat-screen TVs, minibars, and large windows, most of which offer views of iconic Kio Towers. Family Rooms, which can accommodate up to four guests, appeal to leisure travelers, too. But the location in the heart of the financial district of Plaza de Castilla is a little out of the way for those who want to see the sights, and the hotel lacks distinctive charm.

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Address

  • Po La Castellana, 220, Madrid, Spain 28046

Room Types

  • Executive Room
  • Family Room 3 People
  • Family Room 4 People
  • Junior Suite
  • Standard Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 228
Pool: N/A
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: Plaza de Castilla and Chamartin, Madrid
Address: Po La Castellana, 220, Madrid, Spain 28046
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