Modern penthouse with terrace in Madrid historical center
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About Cristina Ruiz
Architect and teacher. The apartment was the former home of the hostess and his partner, who renovated the whole building in 2000. The instalations and services are new: elevator, air conditioned, internet but the old character of the building was preserved: facade, wood structure, main staircase and balconies. The best of all is its wonderful location in the heart of Madrid, that allows to enjoy its lovely days and nights in the most beatiful environment: monuments, convents and historic buildings conform the traditional streets around. The best place not to miss anything Madrid can offer. And finally its nice roof terrace with a superb view of the old Madrid district.
Cristina Ruiz purchased this Condo in 2000
Why Cristina Ruiz chose Sol
The building was an old silversmith's workshop that was renovated to housing apartments in 2000.
What makes this Condo unique
The apartment has two advantages. The first one is its wonderful location, less than five minutes walk from Puerta del Sol, but in an old and quiet street, with the taste of traditional architecture of Madrid as balconies and wood windows. The second advantage is the full renovation of the building. It has all the modern comodities but also its old taste: lift, air conditioned, internet, etc. Also if something happens in Madrid, it happens here: the cultural and social life, the night life, the events and so on.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Very convenient and well maintained. We travelled as a family (two older children) and highly recommend it.
Location, location, location!
Great location for enjoying Madrid! One can walk to most anyplace in central Madrid. The apartment was cute and functional. Steps in unit would be difficult for some people. Keys were balky as if they were worn down. Instructions for appliances would have been helpful.
Nice place for a Madrid stay
What a great place to stay while in Madrid. We travelled with our three adult daughters and had plenty of room. The home was impeccably clean. The rooftop was extra special. We used it every day for coffee in the morning and for a lovely respite in the early evening.
Great apartment in ideal location
Cristina was so nice and easy to deal with. Apartment is in a great location so close to shops, restaurants, etc. would definitely stay there again!
Thank you so much for your nice review. Of course, the best bonus of the place is the terrace!
It was really pleasant to host your family
Quiet apartment with terrace in central Madrid
Beautifully renovated, sunny apartment in the heart of Madrid, yet away from the street noise. Easy walking distance to the metro and all the big tourist attractions. The rooftop terrace was a big plus for late night suppers. Beds and other furnishings are all comfortable. There is an elevator to the apartment, but both bedrooms require negotiating steep stairways. There is a bathroom on both floors. Highly recommended!
Thank you for all your suggestions and collaboration along with your stay. The stairs to the terrace are a bit steep, but it is the price for a good view!
Best location in the city
1. Could not think of a better location. So close to the old city center that it is easier to return to the apartment to use the restroom than to find one. Also great for a quick rest between walking tours, or even better, a mid day siesta.
2. clean and comfortable
3. great communications with Christina (owner)
4. wonderful top floor terrace for a cool dinner and sunset view
5. 5-10 minute walk to two nearby groceries/small supermarkets (thought there might be closer ones. we just fund these on our cell phone map)
1. not really a con but this is a multi story unit and you will be climbing up/down stairs within the unit. NOT a con for us, however, might be an issue for those with mobility issues or very young children
Bottom line: will definitely stay there again and recommend to friends.
Tip: take a taxi from the airport or the train station to the apartment. From the apartment to the train station its a 20 min walk, mostly down hill.
I agree totally with your review! There are two levels to the terrace, but I think everybody forgot it when getting there!
You and your family will be always welcome!
The apartment has three wonderful advantages: 1. its location less than two minutes walk from the Puerta del Sol (Madrid central point); and 2. its modern and comfortable services, because the building was recently renovated. 3. the wonderful roof terrace with a nice view over old Madrid.
The central location -but without the fuss of Puerta del Sol- makes all services to be nearby: the public transport is excellent with three underground lines and Sol railway station (conected with main Atocha and Chamartín stations) ; the airport is less than 40 minutes by train or metro, and Atocha railway station lies less than 10 minutes from Sol underground or railway station.
The shopping area is all around: big malls, shops and small markets.
The Paseo del Arte crosses Esparteros street, so the apartment is quite near the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen Museums and other historical places as Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Palacio de Oriente, Descalzas Reales, etc. These are just a short walk by foot (also by bicycle, because the pedestrian areas include bike lanes).
The cultural life is also around: the Teatro Real (opera & concert hall), the Teatro Español (classic Spanish theater) and many others as Teatro de la Zarzuela, Teatro Apolo and the music-hall in Gran Via. Also the tablaos (flamenco-taverns) as Casa Patas or Cafe de Chinitas or jazz live concerts in the Cafe Central are 10 minutes away walk.
The bars, restaurants and tapas areas are really close: the Santa Ana plaza, Cava Baja, Mercado de San Miguel and the night life with many bar de copas (drink or cocktail bars) & discos (Joy Eslava; etc).
It's highly recommended to use the public transport: besides the tube and trains, there are many bus lines and taxis. If you like cycling, nowadays there are many pedestrian streets and bike-lanes: Mayor and Alcala streets have one. By bicycle you can arrive soon to the big parks: Madrid-Rio, Casa de Campo and the beautiful historic Retiro Park and also gardens as Plaza de Oriente with its Royal Palace. The Paseo del Arte (Art promenade) path can be reached easily. In the nearby there are some shops that rent cycles, and organize bicicle tours for tourist
The guests are welcomed by the hostess the first day, who explains the services and the apartment accomodations. Information and advises can be explained in English, French, German or Italian.
The apartment is located in a old building with only four apartments: one for each level. So it is a quiet one. Neighbours are people whith a familiar life. So loud music and noises are forbidden from 24.00 pm until 8.00 am. Also parties.
It's not allowed to smoke inside the building (apartment or common areas). Only on the exterior balconies or on the terrace.
The guest are welcomed anytime between 9.00 am and 23.00 pm. If arrival will be in another time please ask the hostess in advance.