Set in an 18th century palace, the Only YOU Boutique Hotel is something truly unique! The decor is more Asian-inspired than Spanish, but with a Spanish flair. The tilework is stunning, and between the larger-than-life statues, the artwork, and the suitcase wall, it’s safe to say that the hotel’s interior is over-the-top in a pretty spectacular way!
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Set in Madrid’s avant-garde Chueca neighborhood, just a few blocks from the historic district of Madrid, this hotel is in the perfect location. It’s away from the hustle and bustle, yet close enough to the action that you can be in the thick of it before you know it. The hotel is also just half a mile from Retiro Park, which is amazing, and you should put it on your list of places to go in Madrid. And if you need more convincing, check out the elevators below!
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Our room was small, but I’d say it was a typical European size for a hotel room. The decor was classic and clean, and what it lacked in space, it made up for in tidiness–there weren’t too many things taking up valuable floor space without a purpose! I would have liked more storage, however, like a chest of drawers or a set of shelves. There was a narrow closet with space to hang a few things up, but no shelf, so several of my items were relegated to the floor of the closet. Oh well!
The bathroom was very nice! It had a large shower with fantastic water pressure, a large sink with counter space on both sides, and the bar of hand soap was good quality. The towels were soft, and the robes were cozy. The liquid toiletries, however (lotion, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel), were all communal, meaning they were available in larger bottles with pumps instead of individual-size packaging.
Many hotels, even mid-level hotels like this one, are going to this system for money-saving and “green” purposes, but I’m not a fan. I am always leery of these for sanitary purposes, which may be unreasonable, but I always bring my own toiletries anyway.
This gym is clean, functional, and tiny! Like, super small. It’s a good thing Retiro Park is nearby and Madrid gets so many sunny days so you can workout outdoors. In a pinch, this is a decent option, as long as you can get the space to yourself. The mirrors make the room look much bigger, but once you’re in there, there’s no denying it’s a tight space!
They have a treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike, multi-function weight machine, and free weights to choose from, as well as a weight bench. That’s plenty of equipment, but there’s just not a lot of space to work with if you’re not using a machine.
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Skip the breakfast! I know it’s convenient, but if it’s not already included in your rate, it’s quite over-priced, and not that great! Steve and I spent less for the two of us to eat breakfast out for three days the than it cost for just one of us to eat the buffet here for one day! I’m usually not too critical of hotel breakfasts, but the price disparity alone is reason enough to just go out and experience a Spanish breakfast elsewhere. Also, the service was unhelpful and bordered precariously on rude.
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