Hotel Maria Elena Palace Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Sol, Madrid, Spain

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Pros

  • Convenient central location, 2 blocks from Puerta del Sol
  • Classic rooms with minibars and hydro-massage showers
  • Some rooms and suites have furnished terraces
  • Nice lobby with plenty of lounge space under a crystal dome
  • Traditional Spanish restaurant and bar on-site
  • Solid breakfast in a bright, sunny space

Cons

  • Fee for Wi-Fi
  • Some noise complaints about nightclub next door (weekends only)
  • Old tube TVs and firm beds
  • Old bedspreads and dated decor

Bottom Line

The 87-room Hotel Maria Elena Palace is located a couple blocks from Puerta del Sol, near many of Madrid's top attractions. Rooms are a nice size with classic decor in shades of blue and pale yellow with adequate bathrooms. While decor is on the dated side with old patterned bedspreads, bathrooms do offer hydro-massage showers and some rooms and suites have furnished terraces. The bright, sunny lobby -- covered by a crystal dome -- is a pleasant place to relax, but some guests complain about street noise from a nearby nightclub on the weekends and there's a pesky fee for Internet access. Other hotel amenities include a bar, restaurant, and bright breakfast room.

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 Location

On a narrow cobblestone street near Puerta del Sol

The Maria Elena Palace is located on a small street two blocks from Puerta del Sol, the heart of Madrid. Cross street Montera is known by locals for prostitution, but it’s not rampant and tourists might not notice it. There’s a Police station on that same street, so the area is perfectly safe despite some petty theft reported by tourists during the day, when crowds flow to and from Sol.

The property is equidistant from three Metro lines, several buses, and short-distance trains. However, the location is ideal for exploring on foot and many major attractions are within walking distance. Great shopping around Sol and Gran Via are an easy walk away, as is young nightlife in the Huertas neighborhood. La Latina, a tapas and al fresco dining and drinking hotspot, is a quick stroll away (cross beautiful Plaza Mayor to get there), and the Austrias area, with beautiful 17th-century architecture and cobblestone streets is just a few blocks down.

Sol is the heart of Madrid, both geographically speaking and in a figurative sense. “Kilometer Zero” (where all roads in Spain are said to start), shopping, dining, nightlife, and major tourist attractions are all here. This means many tourists in Madrid may never leave the neighborhood.

  • 25-minute drive to Madrid-Barajas Airport
  • Steps to restaurants and bars
  • 2-minute walk to Puerta del Sol
  • 4-minute walk to shopping on Gran Via
  • 8-minute walk to Plaza Mayor
  • 10-minute walk to Cibeles
  • 12-minute walk to Plaza de Oriente, home to the Royal Palace, the Royal Theater, and Sabatini Gardens
  • 12-minute walk to La Latina, a nightlife hotspot
  • 12-minute walk to Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
  • 13-minute walk to El Prado Museum
  • 15-minute walk to La Almudena Cathedral
  • 15-minute walk to Puerta de Alcala
  • 16-minute walk to Retiro Park, Madrid’s most famous garden
  • 18-minute walk or 12-minute Metro ride to upscale shopping on Serrano Street
  • 20-minute walk or 12-minute Metro ride to Reina Sofia Museum
  • 23-minute walk or 11-minute Metro ride to Atocha train station
  • 25-minute walk or 13-minutes Metro ride to Templo de Debod Park, with great views and an original Egyptian temple
  • 24-minute Metro ride to Plaza de Castilla, the financial district

 Bottom Line

The 87-room Hotel Maria Elena Palace is located a couple blocks from Puerta del Sol, near many of Madrid's top attractions. Rooms are a nice size with classic decor in shades of blue and pale yellow with adequate bathrooms. While decor is on the dated side with old patterned bedspreads, bathrooms do offer hydro-massage showers and some rooms and suites have furnished terraces. The bright, sunny lobby -- covered by a crystal dome -- is a pleasant place to relax, but some guests complain about street noise from a nearby nightclub on the weekends and there's a pesky fee for Internet access. Other hotel amenities include a bar, restaurant, and bright breakfast room.

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Address

  • Aduana 19, Madrid, Spain 28013

Room Types

  • Junior Suite
  • Standard Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 87
Pool: N/A
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: Sol, Madrid
Address: Aduana 19, Madrid, Spain 28013
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