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Artistic B&B 2.0

Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain

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Pros

  • En-suite bathrooms in every room
  • Central location in arts district near Madrid's main museums
  • Free breakfast including freshly baked pastries and breads
  • On a quiet side street off of a main thoroughfare
  • Artsy vibe with handmade accents and crafts in every room
  • Street-side rooms have small balconies
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • No elevator (property is on the fourth floor)
  • Noise from neighboring rooms
  • Most rooms are small and only some have AC

Bottom Line

The six-room Artistic B&B lives up to its name with funky, boho rooms that punch way above its two-pearl class. Located on a quiet street in Madrid’s historic arts district, the city’s three most famous museums -- The Prado, Reina Sofia, and Thyssen-Bornemisza -- are within a 10-minute walk. Most of the rooms are small and the bed-and-breakfast is located on the fourth floor in a building without an elevator, but all have en-suite bathrooms with charming details. The welcoming owners and homemade breakfasts should please travelers looking for an intimate, home-like experience.

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Scene

Intimate, funky vibe with for individuals and couples

Situated in a historic building with wrought-iron balconies, the vibe here is immediately welcoming and bright. The common area does triple duty as lobby, breakfast room, and seating area, but the owners go out of their way to make the guests feel right at home. Every inch of the space has an eclectic, arts-and-crafts quality, from the reclaimed door which functions as the dining table to the bright, antiqued walls. The bed-and-breakfast is best suited for solo travelers and couples, though families can be accommodated too.

Location

Central arts district setting on a quiet side street

Artistic B&B is on an extremely quiet side street in the middle of Madrid’s Barrio de las Letras, and the most famous museums in the city are all within a 10-minute walk. The neighborhood is filled with a wide array of restaurants (El Rayen, just downstairs, gets rave reviews) and the shopping in the area is great. The metro is two blocks away and Atocha Station, Madrid’s largest train station with connections throughout Spain, is a 15-minute walk, or one stop on the metro. Barajas International Airport is less than 40 minutes away by metro and rail links, or can be reached by taxi in under 30 minutes.

Rooms

Small, artsy rooms with hand-crafted details

The bright, antiqued rooms each have an individual artistic theme, from famous paintings to tapestries from North Africa, some of which have stories behind them. Though most rooms are small, all have 32-inch flat-screen TVs and comfortable beds, and Batik and Birds Rooms have much more space to accommodate families or groups. Street-facing rooms have small balconies with a charming view down the quaint block. All rooms have compact en-suite bathrooms with mosaic vanities and stand-up showers, while some rooms have sinks that have been hand-sculpted by the owners. However, guests will need to bring their own toiletries. Some rooms have AC, while all come with ceiling fans, and though street noise shouldn't be an issue some guests have reported hearing noise from neighboring rooms.

Features

Free breakfast with homemade pastries

Free breakfast features fresh-baked cakes, breads, and cookies, with coffee, tea, and juices as well. Wi-Fi is free and fast throughout the hotel, and the common space doubling as the breakfast room is a great place to swap stories with fellow travelers. The bed-and-breakfast features a book exchange and free coffee and tea are available throughout the day. The owners speak English and Spanish and are an invaluable resource for local advice about the area.

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Address

Calle Lope de Vega 11 Piso 3, Madrid, Community of Madrid 28014, Spain

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