When you enter the Florida Hotel Madrid you may feel like an ant. It is vast and has high ceilings, an enormous lobby and a massive lounge area to the right, steps in front of you, and reception is to the left. The décor is sombre and serious with a touch of elegance in the form of a chandelier.
The lobby is a no-smoking area, and I found the ambiance to be quite business-like and serious. There are enormous tapestries hanging on the walls in the green lounge, and several business magazines scattered about. The hotel has excellent transport connections as the Principe Pio station, which not only has a metro, but also regional rail network connection, is approximately 300 metres away.
The Florida Hotel Madrid Norte offers a hairdressers, laundry, baby-sitting service, restaurant, bar, shops (souvenir) car rental and garage. The restaurant is extensive and offers a good choice of dishes.
You can also buy tickets to theatre shows and for excursions to Toledo, El Escorial, Avila, Segovia and other featured destinations.
The facilities for business traveller include a meeting hall called Rosales Hall. It can accommodate 25 to 30 people, depending on seating arrangements. It is in-keeping with the business-like feel of the hotel in burgundy and cream.
There are 400 rooms each with an en-suite bathroom. Views are either to the river at the back of the hotel or across to the commercial centre in front. The rooms have a sensible, 'no-fuss' feel about them are well equipped with AC, CH, satellite TV, piped music, direct dial phone and safe. Some of the twin rooms have an adjoining lounge with coffee table and sofa. The colour theme is a deep green and amber / yellow décor. The rooms have a neat feel.
The Florida Hotel Madrid Norte is just 3 minutes walk from the Principe Pio station, which is quite ornate inside and became the model upon which many subsequent stations have been based. Next to the station is a commercial centre, and outside there's a terrace where you can eat and relax with a drink under the big umbrellas.
From the hotel you can see the Royal Palace behind the trees of the Sabatini Gardens. These gardens are 10 minutes walk, and provide peace and shade. They are also the gateway to one of Madrid's most delightful and picturesque districts known as Madrid of the 'Austrias', containing the Royal Palace, the Plaza Oriente and Royal Opera House.
At the end of the street where the hotel is situated, you'll find a big fresh bread shop. For other purchases and cashpoints, head for the commercial centre. When I passed there was also a small tourist market outside the station and a couple selling fresh fruit out of a wheelbarrow.
Booking your airport transport online in advance of your trip enables you to travel from Madrid-Barajas airport directly to the door of your hotel.
The online booked transfers listed below are not public transport operated services - which means they continue to run even if there is a public transport strike.
If you don't speak Spanish, and you are unfamiliar with Madrid, arranging your transport in advance will give you peace of mind and save you the trouble of working out the route yourself. You can either book a private transfer or a shared transfer.
Private transfer (online booking only)
A private transfer means that the vehicle that you have will be dedicated for you and your party only. The driver will be waiting for you at your arrivals gate with a sign with your name on it. Your driver will assist you with your luggage and take you to a private air conditioned vehicle to take you directly to your hotel. We have provided a booking link below.
Minibus transfer (online booking only)
A minibus option is cheaper than the private transfer and the vehicle is shared amongst other travellers. Unlike a private transfer the driver will not be waiting for you at the arrivals gate you would need to make your way to a meeting point.
Follow the link below to book either your private transfer or minibus transfer online.
Public transport options
Via Taxi: A taxi from the airport should take about 35 minutes and cost €22.00 - €30.00 (including airport supplement), depending on traffic conditions and assuming there is no excess baggage (that all baggage fits inside the boot and interior of the taxi).
Via Metro: You can take various metro routes directly from the airport to arrive at Principe Pio metro near the Florida Hotel Madrid Norte. Line number 8 leaves from inside the airport between terminals 1 and 2. I've given the quickest route below with the stations where you need to change listed:
Metro: Nuevos Ministerios (Pink Line, L8) Then change and head for Principe Pio (Dark Blue Line, L10).
Via Bus: You can take a red EMT public bus from the airport to Avenida America. The number bus that takes this route is the 115. From there it's quicker to change to the metro.
The Florida Hotel Madrid Norte is a business-like hotel with a stately feel to it. It has excellent transport connections as it is so near to the Principe Pio metro and train station. The commercial centre across the road is good news for shoppers, and you're in a pretty good location if you want to see Madrid's most picturesque district, as you can walk there in 20 minutes.
Hotel City House Florida Norte Madrid
Paseo de la Florida, 5
28008 Madrid, España.
Metro: Principe Pio (Dark Blue Line, L10) Plus 3 minutes walk.