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On a quiet side street near Gran Via, surrounded by shops
The location of the Petit Palace San Bernardo is steps south of the bustling Gran Via. The Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, the Royal Palace, La Almudena Cathedral, the Royal Theater, and Sabatini Gardens are all within walking distance of the property. Arenal is a pedestrian street running from Puerta del Sol to Opera, where the Royal Theater is located. Hordes of tourists and locals alike flock to this area day and night. There's a popular nightclub and concert hall across the street from the hotel (noise and crowds can get annoying).
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 hot spot, is a quick stroll away (cross beautiful Plaza Mayor to get there), and the Austrias area, with lovely 17th-century architecture and cobblestone streets is just a few blocks down Arenal Street.
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. Its central location is ideal for those who like to explore the city on foot. But those who prefer taking public transportation, Sol is one of the major transportation hubs in Madrid, with trains, buses, and several subway lines converging on the same spot.
The Petit Palace San Bernardo is part of a value chain in the heart of Madrid. Spacious, modern rooms have laptops, flat-screen TVs, and hydro-massage showers. Family rooms, with additional bunk beds, are a solid economy option for travelers on a budget. Beyond the clean, simple rooms, offerings here are slim. The business center is just two laptops and the breakfast room is on the small side. While the hotel does have free Wi-Fi and the lobby offers plenty of lounge seating, some guests complain about the lack of privacy from frosted glass doors to the bathroom. A nearby sister property with a little more charm is the Petit Palace Puerta Del Sol.