I booked through Trip Adviser good use of messaging system, and good communication from owner through email.
Depending on how you area arriving owner will advise best route.
We arrived by train taxi from station cost 12 Euros. Taxi stooped right outside of building as promised owner was waiting after buzzing apartment enters through door. You can hail a taxi right outside the apartment.
Having read other reviews I must stress that this is a top floor apartment with no lift, there are 8 flights 11 steps per flight. My husband carried his own case but the owner kindly carried my case.
It’s a lovely flat nice lounge with dining area and windows. TV and iPod doc which we used. The bed room is in the centre of the flat with no windows, this was not a problem for us because it was not overly hot, and we did shut windows / shutters during the day to keep the flat cool. The bedroom had plenty of storage.
Galley Kitchen with hob microwave kettle fridge freezer dish washer washing machine iron and ironing board with WIFI.
The bathroom was ok shower mixer taps over bath, towels
The owner Mary left Tea Coffee bread, biscuits butter milk and a bottle of Wine which was much appreciated.
This flat is a great position walkable to all attractions plenty of restaurants cafes and bars, with a supermarkets just up the street.
The owner Mary was welcoming and gave us a few tips and where were where in relation to the rest of the city.
I would recommend this flat however I must stress that the stairs could be a major deal for some.
While we liked the apartment, we had a few issues with the amenities:-
The bedroom has no window and therefor no ventilation. It was very warm in Madrid when we stayed and we had to leave street facing windows open, with a fan blowing in the bedroom when we tried to sleep.
The bathroom is off the kitchen!! There is no window and no extractor fan in the bathroom. As you may well imagine, it can be quite unpleasant not having any free flow of air in a bathroom at the best of times, but when it is directly off the kitchen, even more so!
There is a small step in the bathroom which is not easy to see at night-time. I had a nasty fall, having slipped off the step and then hitting my lower back very hard against the bidet.
The flat is also on the 4th floor and there is no elevator, which makes carrying heavy suitcases up and down the stairs a nightmare. There should be a warning about this.
Mary was great and greeted us on arrival. Very welcoming and had some snacks ready for us. Flat was very clean, beds very comfortable. In beautiful old building with lots of character. Looks like pictures. Wonderful location close to metro, shopping and restaurants. Did not really need metro as could walk to all the main attractions. We would definitely rent flat again. All the necesities but no oven for baking. Everything worked well.
Spent 8 very comfortable days in Calle Ferraz: fabulous location, spacious apartment which left nothing to be desired and a warm welcome. Have no problem with highly recommending this excellent rental.
We enjoyed staying in this very comfortable apartment for five weeks. Within walking distance of most of the major tourist attractions of Madrid, the apartment is located in a very pleasant area with good restaurants and bars, small supermarkets, and other shops and facilities, including a branch of El Corte Inglés a few blocks away, adjacent to the Argüelles Metro Station and major bus routes. The apartment is well-equipped with reliable WiFi and a separate desk for computer use. We also made good use of the Copysell shop directly across the road for printing documents. The small kitchen and separate bathroom both served our needs very well. The bed was most comfortable as was the fold-out sofa-bed, used when we had a guest to stay for a weekend. Mary and her husband were extremely helpful with both information and practical assistance, carrying our luggage to the apartment on arrival and departure. The bustling street below quietens at night and the apartment is well insulated in terms of noise from the other apartments in the building. We would certainly return to this apartment on a future visit to Madrid.
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