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Tryp Cibeles

Mesoneros Romanos, 13 (@Gran Via 34)

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Reviewed by: WillTravel from Canada, review #1332

When: August 2005

Beautiful building, pleasant rooms, excellent location, varied and delicious breakfast buffet.

A nook in our room, photo by

The hotel group website often offers special deals for Tryp and Melia hotels, and I recommend signing up there. In August, we got this 4* hotel in central Madrid for 68 per night, including breakfast. Tax was a few percent extra. I think this is an excellent bargain.

This hotel is right on Gran Via. It is close to two metro stops. Numerous shopping and dining opportunities are within steps of the hotel. You could walk to the Prado, although it would have been a bit of a hike in the 90-100-degree August heat.

The rooms were very nicely appointed, with a good-quality bathroom with a tub and shower, the biggest towels I've ever seen in a hotel room, and a TV with a lot of channels. The building itself had a lovely spiral staircase. We didn't have a view in our room, but stepping into the hallway we could look out over the rooftops of Madrid. My daughter did complain that the beds are hard, which is true, but I had no problem sleeping. Also, I had asked for a twin room, but we were given a room with beds immediately adjacent, that shared the same headboard. We were okay with that, but some might prefer twin beds with some space between. The air conditioning worked very well, which was obviously important in August.

The breakfast buffet, served from 7 to 11 AM, has numerous fruit, dairy, bakery, cereal, and meat choices. A waiter comes and takes your order for hot drinks. The food is enjoyable and abundant. The bar serves drinks during the day; I didn't get any, but the prices looked reasonable. My daughter loved the late hours for the breakfast buffet.

When you arrive at the hotel, its entrance is on a side street. The doorpersons were all friendly, but they didn't necessarily speak much English. One was able to get us a cab with no problem, though. You take the elevator to the first floor, and check in there. A Zara store occupies the ground floor.

One downside, unfortunately, is that the Tryp chain practices dynamic currency conversion. If you give them a Visa or Mastercard, you will be charged in your home currency, at a less than optimal exchange rate. They are not supposed to do this without your agreement, according to Visa and Mastercard, but they insist. Use Amex to pay, or cash, unless you are up for a fight. (You can read more about this pernicious practice on the Fodors board, and no doubt elsewhere on the web.) Our visit was marred by this confrontation.

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