Good location near several attractions and restaurants
Sleek room with iPod docks and laptops with free Wi-Fi
Some rooms have iPods with MiFi or Juliette balconies
Stylish, leafy interior courtyard with bar and chill space
Family and group rooms accommodate up to six people
Two meeting rooms hold 50 people each
Room service and free bicycle rentals available
Free Wi-Fi throughout
Few on-site amenities: no fitness center or pool
Some street noise in outward-facing rooms
Parking structure a few blocks away, difficult street parking
Expensive breakfast buffet
The upper-middle-range Petit Palace Santa Barbara is part of the High Tech Hotel brand in Madrid and offers contemporary style, modernized room amenities, and a hip vibe throughout. Its 82 guest rooms are sleek, with minimalist furnishings and black, white, and gray color schemes. Technology is a high point -- rooms have flat-screen TVs and laptops with free Wi-Fi; some have iPods with MiFi -- but amenities are sparse, as there is no fitness center or pool. The hotel is near the lively Chueca neighborhood and within walking distance of numerous attractions, but not as centrally located as some of its sister properties. For more amenities in the same price range, consider Melia Castilla, a much larger hotel that has an outdoor pool, a 24-hour gym, and a spa.
Stylish, youthful atmosphere, cool interior courtyard space, and rare Family Rooms
Everything about the Petit Palace Santa Barbara exudes youthful energy, from the lively sidewalk cafes of Plaza Santa Barbara, just outside its door, to the small, stylish lobby with eye-catching light fixtures and pleather couches. Tucked in the interior courtyard, the welcoming bar area is leafy and pleasant, with fireplaces built into the wall for chilly evenings, cool seating, and string lights. Guests stop here for an après-dinner drink before heading out to neighborhood restaurants or a nightcap after a full day on the town. With its four-person Family Rooms and six-person rooms -- hard to find, especially at this price point -- the hotel attracts families with children, adding another dimension to the fresh, young vibe.
On the outskirts of Madrid's lively LGBT neighborhood and walking distance to some major attractions
On the edge of Chueca, the hotel is near dozens of restaurants and cafes, and some major attractions are within easy walking distance. Chueca is one of the city's nightlife hot spots, with small, intimate restaurants, lively bars, and gay-friendly venues. From Thursday to Sunday night, hordes of young locals and tourists descend upon this vibrant neighborhood for bar-hopping, tapas or romantic dinners, and dancing till the early morning. The subway, the bus, and even the train are nearby, but there are so many attractions within close proximity that visitors may prefer to walk to spots.
Five-minute walk to restaurants, bars, shops, and nightlife spots
11-minute walk to Gran Via
13-minute walk to Cibeles
15-minute walk to Puerta del Sol public square
15 minutes via public transportation to Retiro Park (six-minute drive)
16 minutes via public transportation to Templo de Debod Park (nine-minute drive)
17 minutes ride via public transportation to Plaza Mayor public square (10-minute drive)
20 minutes via public transportation to El Prado Museum (five-minute drive)
Minimalist rooms in grayscale decor with great technology and gorgeous, large bathrooms
Rooms at the Petit Palace Santa Barbara are modern, stylish, and spacious, in an urban color palette of black, white, and gray plus minimalist decor. Thick, comfy mattresses sit atop simple palletlike platforms. White desks have sleek plastic chairs and hold coffeemakers and a selection of snacks; stocked minibars are inside simple black armoires. Technology is a strong point here: rooms have laptops, free Wi-Fi, large personal safes, and iPod docks; those in higher categories come with iPods with MiFi to allow connectivity outside the hotel. In addition to the usual Double Rooms, the hotel offers Family Rooms for five and Sextuple Rooms for six, both with bunk beds. Some rooms have Juliette balconies and come with slippers and robes. Those overlooking the busy plaza below can be noisy, especially at night when the bars close. Bathrooms are large and attractive, with floor-to-ceiling gray slate tile, raised basin sinks, and oversize showers with rainfall showerheads. All come with the hotel group’s signature toiletries and hairdryers.
No pool or gym and mediocre restaurant, but nice bar, good optional breakfast, and free bikes
The Petit Palace Santa Barbara lacks the big-ticket amenities of its advertised four-pearl status. The hotel’s restaurant, which doubles as the breakfast room, is stylish and attractive with exposed-brick and stone walls, but the food doesn’t get raves for the price. The welcoming central courtyard houses the hotel’s small bar area, where crackling in-wall fireplaces and a veritable garden of greenery create a cozy atmosphere. The expensive breakfast buffet includes a good variety of options including fresh fruit and vegetables, rolls and breads, Iberian ham and pork loin, local cheeses, scrambled eggs, bacon, cereals, and yogurt. Petit Palace has bicycles to borrow for free, laundry service is available, and pets are welcome. Two attractive meeting rooms with technology hold 50 people each. Wi-Fi is free throughout.
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