Despite knowing absolutely nothing about Madrid when we booked our holiday, I doubt we could have booked a hotel in a better spot if we’d tried. Situated at the beginning of the Paseo Florida directly opposite the Principe Pio Metro station (only a short ride and one change from Madrid Barajas airport), this hotel is in the heart of Royal Madrid with views of the Palacio Real from the upper floors.
It’s a very central hotel, but seeing as we were so close to the Metro system, I must say it was well worth paying the €17 for a five-day pass so we could zip from place to place in no time at all.
Just a ten minute walk away from the Palacio Real and about 15-20 minutes from the fabulous cafes, restaurants and shops of Old Madrid this is a prime location for a short city break. Listed as a four-star hotel, we hoped it would be great value for the £180 we paid for flights and accommodation and we were right.
We opted for a standard double room which was large, clean and comfortable. The only downside was that there was no kettle or tea service in the rooms, so I couldn’t make a cuppa when I woke up. But maybe that’s just an English thing?
The staff in both the hotel and bar all seemed friendly, approachable and spoke English. Even when there seemed to be a slight mix-up with the room upon checking in (I couldn’t tell what, because they were speaking in Spanish), the receptionist didn’t falter in the slightest and immediately sorted it out.
If you’re looking at a short stay in Madrid, then the Florida Norte would come very highly recommended by me. I’ll even give it the same four stars here as it got in the brochure.