Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
On Plaza de Castilla, the heart of the financial district and a major transportation hub
The Hotel Via Castellana 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.
The 228-room Hotel Via Castellana 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.