I can only describe the reception area as magical. It has the sky painted on the ceiling, and curtains painted on the far doors. All the lights are golden, and the result is like something out of a fairy tale. There is also a useful rack of information leaflets about tourist attractions, and English language leaflets about the city. Plus the receptionist was knowledgeable about the area and the hotel.
The Hotel Carlos V Madrid offers: a sumptuously decorated café-bar (they serve cocktails as well), money exchange, car rental, fax service, airport shuttle and there is public parking next to the hotel.
There is a fax service available in reception.
There are 67 rooms in total and the ones on the top floor have spacious balconies with views to the roof tops of the city centre's elegant buildings. Each room comes with: wall to wall carpeting, AC, telephone, satellite TV, minibar, hairdryer and safe. Room service is also available.
I couldn't think of a more perfect location for a hotel if you want to see some of Madrid's most emblematic buildings and have access to nightlife and shopping. The Hotel Carlos V Madrid is in the heart of the area known as 'Madrid de los Austrias', which is the area between Gran Via and Puerta del Sol. Within a 20 minutes stroll you can go to the Royal Palace, and in just 10 minutes walk you're at the Plaza Mayor, which is alive with artists, street entertainers, bars and restaurants.
Opposite the hotel is a small aquarium, and if you turn left out of reception you'll only have to walk 20 metres to the main shopping street that stretches between Gran Via and Puerta del Sol. Right out of reception takes you on a more tranquil route to the picturesque Plaza de las Descalzas, where you'll find a monastery and a branch of the Thyssen-Bornemisza art museum.
For a wide variety of tapas bars and restaurants, head for the main shopping street and down to Sol square. It's only 1 minute walk to the big El Corte Ingles department store, where there's a supermarket, bookshop and clothing and electrical goods.
Public transport options
Via Taxi: A taxi from the airport will be about 30 minutes depending on traffic volume. The following price includes airport supplement and is valid assuming there is no excess baggage (that all baggage fits inside the boot and interior of the taxi).
Taxi Fare: €22.00 - €30.00
Via Metro: You can take various metro routes directly from the airport to arrive at Callao metro near the Hotel Carlos V Madrid. Line number 8 leaves from inside the airport between terminals 1 and 2. The quickest route is given below with the stations where you need to change listed:
Metro: Mar de Cristal (Pink Line, L8) Then change and head for Diego de Leon (Brown Line, L4) Then change and head for Callao (Green Line, L5).
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.
Car Parking Near To Hotel Carlos V in Madrid
|Car Park Name||Address||Approximate Walking Distance to Car Park in Meters|
|Garaje Fermar||Meson de Paños, 11||500 m|
|Opera||Cuesta Santo Domingo, 5||500 m|
|EMT Jacinto Benavente||Plaza Jacinto Benavente||600 m|
|Garaje Pizarro||Calle de Pizarro, 16||700 m|
|SABA Plaza de los Mostenses||Plaza Mostenses||700 m|
|EMT Vázquez de Mella||Plaza Vázquez de Mella||700 m|
|Garaje Centro||Calle Relatores, 11||800 m|
The Hotel Carlos V Madrid is a hotel with immense character and charm. It is well equipped and in one of the best locations for anyone wanting to see the main attractions in Madrid. The bonus is that it is in such a quiet street, while still being so central.