Friday, July 6, 2018

Hostal Alexis - Madrid, Spain

The hostel is 2 blocks away from Anton Martin Metro Station; it is beside Plaza Sta. Ana.

It occupies the 4th floor of an old building with a tiny old school elevator, the one you manually open and close the metal door. Be aware though that there is no huge outdoor sign or mark stating Hostal Alexis. Fortunately, we found a small Hostal Alexis marking at the entrance wall of the building.

Upon check-in you'll be given an electronic card as access to the small reception area and to your room while PIN number code for the main door at the ground floor. Like any other small hostels in Europe, there is no reception staff during night time; the staff usually reports at 8 am. Thus on our second day we heard an early guest knocking at the reception door.

The wife and I love this towel arrangement. In fact, we didn't touch it until our evening bath time.

Flat screen location is not ideal

Spacious T&B

Inside the spacious room is an electronic safe, flat screen - without English Channel, electric kettle for tea/coffee and basic toiletries. The wifi signal is strong inside the room. There is also a small fridge with complimentary 2 bottle of water upon arrival; sadly, they don't replenish the bottled water.

We met their two male housekeeping staff who are "kabayans" or fellow Filipinos. Had a small chat with them whenever we see them working.

The hostel has no dining facilities but since it is beside a plaza, there are plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars around. Don't leave the place without indulging on different types of authentic Spanish Paella; there is one Paella restaurant nearby.

A few blocks away is the center of Madrid City, Plaza del Sol. We walk to and fro this plaza daily. Nearby are small shops, Chinese Dimsum eatery and lots of pizza and sandwich counters.

On our last day, the reception staff assisted us in booking an airport transfer. Surprisingly, we got a lady Uber driver.