The Posada del Peine is a lovely botique hotel, with an unbeatable location in the capital: a few meters away from Plaza Mayor in Madrid. It is of the Petit Palace chain and has four stars. It is supposed to be the oldest hotel in Spain, since the building was an old inn in the year 1610, renovated in 2005 to house the current 71 rooms hotel.
I definitely liked it and and I thought it was tastefully decorated. The house preserves the original structure and in the decoration they combined country elements like brick walls, wooden beams and forged handrails, with contemporary elements (crystal, design and white leather armchairs, modern lamps, light and straight lines in the furniture, etc.).
They have also put all kinds of technology. In the room we had a flatscreen TV, a laptop with wireless internet and hydromassage in the shower. Of course we had air conditioning and heating, minibar and safe.
The room was large and with modern furniture: a leather and wood headboard, with the night tables and two halogen headlights. We also had a desk (where the laptop was) and the TV above it on the wall. The bathroom was amazing, all white to give the impression of being cleaner if it is even possible, with the shower, the squared marble sink on a wooden worktable, magnifying mirror and hairdryer. However, I found a small drawback: the shower curtain! I think a glass screen would be much better. I guess our room was prepared for handicapped people since there were numerous handles and the shower was at the same level as the floor (I don't know about the other rooms).
It is not a cheap hotel (starting at 100€ for the night), but it is definitely worth a whim because it is right in the center, lovely and you have many services you do not usually find in other accommodations.
Posada del Dragón is a charming boutique hotel, product of the rehabilitation of the former Posada. The name makes reference to one of the coats of arms formerly used in the city of Madrid: the dragon. I loved staying here, not only because of its excellent location, in Cava Baja, but also because of the combination of tradition and modernity.
In fact, this small hotel maintains the ancient yard of the building, an architectural element typical from Madrid. At the same time, its interior decoration is a modern day homage to the city of Madrid, to the city that received Arabs and Castilians between the 9th and 12th centuries, to the palatial times in the 16th Century and to Madrid’s avant-garde in the fifties. All of this alongside the most advanced technologies, such as the free Wi-Fi in all the hotel premises.
My recommendation, when possible, is to stay in the rooms of the last floor, which have amazing views of the rooftops and streets of the neighborhoods. Most definitely, this is a great choice for accommodation. It also offers a delicious and complete breakfast, with both hot and cold dishes.
First time staying at a hostel and left me a great experience! From cheap rates, accommodating room interiors, roof top bar, FREE Spanish lessons with the locals and city tours and warm cheerful staffs!