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Hotel One Shot 23 3.0

Huertas, Madrid, Community of Madrid

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  • No breakfast
  • No in-room coffeemakers, but free Nespresso machine located on every floor
  • Limited storage space
  • Lacks a common area for hanging out
  • Neighborhood bars and cafes can be crowded on weekends

Bottom Line

This stylish 42-room boutique hotel located in the Barrio de las Letras, Madrid's "Literary Quarter", has a creative, design-forward vibe, from the funky lobby deer sculpture to the colorful, industrial-chic guest room decor complete with Hopper-inspired photography on the walls. However, amenities are sparse: no breakfast, storage space is limited, and there's no on-site restaurant or bar. But Hotel One Shot 23's central location means there are plenty of bars, cafes, restaurants, and nightlife options nearby. And it is a short walk to Madrid's three major art museums, the Prado, Thyssen and Reina Sofia.

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An artsy vibe to match a BoHo locale

Hotel One Shot 23 embraces the Boho vibe of the artsy Barrio de las Letras with art and a sense of humor. The lobby is carefully curated with funky touches like a life-sized plastic stag and a stunning front desk hewn out of a slab of burled wood. Rooms have a bare, industrial vibe, with bright, modern chairs, neon shag rugs, accent walls, and luxurious bathroom fixtures. Colorful photos hang on the walls, and doorways are painted in vibrant colors, giving the hotel a lively, youthful feel that is echoed in the surrounding neighborhood, which is full of cool bars, people-watching cafes, literary history and, of course, world class modern art museums.


A unique hotel in a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood

Hotel One Shot 23 is nestled in the Barrio de las Letras, a picturesque neighborhood of narrow, winding streets, many of which are pedestrian-only. Cervantes, Calderon de la Barca, and other famed Spanish authors lived and died here, and visitors can visit their former haunts, then spend hours in the area's many bars, restaurants and outdoor cafes. The neighborhood gets busy on the weekends when Madrid's well-heeled flock here to enjoy the lively nightlife and dining scene. But a visit to the city's famed fine arts museums (the Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofia) are all within a convenient 10-minute walk.


Bright, modern rooms with whimsical touches

Rooms at Hotel One Shot 23 have a whimsical, no frills aesthetic with splashes of bright color, unusual lighting fixtures and clever artwork that makes them feel curated, not just furnished. 42-inch flat-screen TVs become mirrors when not in use. Bathrooms have spa-like rain showers; some have deep soaking tubs. Memory foam-topped beds are plush and comfortable. iPod docks are provided in most rooms, and safes are large enough for laptops. In lieu of closets and dressers, pipes hang from room ceilings so clothing and luggage cannot be stowed out of sight, which may bother some guests.


Shoe shines, private parking and bike rentals

Hotel One Shot 23's modern and stylish accommodations are geared toward art lovers, foodies and nightlife fans who can appreciate one of the city's liveliest neighborhoods. Nespresso machines on each floor are free, and en-suite mini-fridges can be stocked with snacks from local markets, as there is no on-site restaurant. Staff will do laundry, shine shoes, rent bikes or shuttle guests to and from the airport for a fee. Private parking is available for a surcharge, but must be reserved in advance. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel, and high-tech TVs have USB ports for synching with personal gadgets.

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