This is probably the nicest location in all of Madrid, bar none. Half a block behind the Prado Museum and half a block to Retiro Park in the other direction, yet QUIET. Who knew that such a peaceful oasis could exist in the hustle bustle of Madrid?
We have stayed here several times over the years, since discovering it in 1999. We just returned for the first time in awhile, and were astonished to see how it has changed. It used to be called an apartment/hotel, but now it is just apartments. Some of the individual apartments have been sold to private parties (lucky ones!) with the "hotel" retaining the rest. So instead of a 24 hour receptionist, you need to arrive during the hours when it is staffed and now get a key to the front door to let yourself in after hours. That is the main change - everything else is as delightful as ever, although the prices may be a little lower. We had a spacious one bedroom apartment (including kitchen, large living room, and terrace) for a family of 3 for 100 euros.
There is still a delightful cafe/bar right in the building on the first floor, there is still a fabulous fruit store around the corner, also a panaderia and basic groceries on the same block. And of course, most importantly, the Prado and Retiro Park. It is a short walk to plenty of restaurants and bars, and about a 20 minute walk to the busy Plaza Mayor. (It is located just half a block from the Ritz Hotel, and across the Paseo del Prado from the Westin Palace Hotel, and directly across the street from the beautiful Los Jeronimos church)
It will be sad indeed for travelers to Madrid if the building shifts completely to individual apartment owners rather than being available by the night to travelers like us, so I encourage everyone to stay there while you can!
We enjoyed our 5 nights stay at the Los Jeronimos very much. The hotel is in a great location, the rooms are spacy and clean. Our room had a large terrace with good views. But, the rooms are a bit dated, they urgently need some renovation work. Los Jeronimos is located next to the Prado within walking distance to lots of points of interest, just perfect for exploring Madrid.
My husband and I stayed in one of the apartments at Espahotel in May. We had read reviews on a New York Times posting. I think it may have changed ownership recently, as it was called Los Jeronimos when we booked it. For 108E per night, we had a large one-bedroom apartment complete with a terrace, They gave us an upgrade to one of the units with a large terrace. All units have terraces with table and chairs. The apartments are not luxurious, but they are very spacious and comfortable. The lighting was excellent in every room. Bathroom was spacious and modern. While the kitchen was sparsely appointed, it was all that we needed. The neighborhood is very quiet and upscale, very near the Prado museum and Retiro park. We were about a 10 minute walk to the center of the city. There were a few signs of disrepair, such as an unplanted planter- box on our terrace. The desk clerks were very polite and helpful. They spoke a little English. This was a very restful place to adjust to our first few days in Spain
A friend of ours who lives in madrid recommended this hotel because she said it was in a great location. She was right. It is in a perfect location right behind the prado and within walking distance to all major museums and neighborhoods. We are a family of 5 (2 adults/3 children) and the hotel was perfect for us. We had an apartment with 2 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms a living room and a small kitchen perfect for making breakfast. The apartment was spotless and serviced everyday. The staff were very helpful and accomodating ( we arrived early after flying overnight and our room was not ready but they took all our luggage and we walked around - when we returned all of our luggage was safely in our room which was ready). I would highly recommend this for anyone looking for a safe, clean reasonable place to stay in madrid. The other reviews got it correct in terms of describing the facilities - not luxury by any sense, but clean and functional. Also we found the hotel to be very very quiet - no street noise in the bedrooms.
Comfortable suite with separate rooms serving as kitchenette, living room (coffee table, chairs and couch), balcony (ours had a great view), and of course master bedroom and adjoining bathroom (actually had a small bathtub too). More closet space than we needed! With the separate living room and all that closet space, I'm sure it would also comfortably house three adults or two plus a couple of kids! No problems with A/C.
The hotel is right next to the Prado and a very short walk to the Retiro Park, but the walk from the metro station was a bit longer than I expected (its true that it is walking distance, and I probably would have felt ridiculous taking a cab but it was not easy to walk with our big bags). The staff was friendly enough and even knew some English, which was unfortunately not true for most of the hotels we stayed at in Spain... The price was high for our budget but considering the size of our suite, quality and of course the location it was not expensive. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would come again.