Majestic Madrid is one of my favourite European cities. It’s full of history, culture, great food and most importantly, as a Brit lots and lots of sunshine. Each time I have been to Madrid I have somehow found my way to the Barceló Torre Arias hotel, whether to sleep or enjoy the culinary delights. Perhaps it’s the excellent service, friendly staff or just that the hotel feels like my home from home. Either way, the hotel is definitely one of my favourites in Europe. Read on for my review of the 4 star Barceló Torre Arias. by Shaylin Desai
Location of the Barceló Torre Arias
The Barceló Torre Arias is located close to metro station Ciudad Lineal, though is surrounded by five stations on lines 5 or 7 providing easy access to the centre of Madrid. Located in a residential suburb the hotel is a short metro ride Madrid city centre and just a stone’s throw away from Madrid-Barajas Airport, with easy connections by public transport and taxi. Directly outside the hotel is a bus stop for the 105 bus connecting you to nearby stations. If you miss the last metro, a night bus from Plaza de Cibeles in the centre of Madrid connects you close to the hotel from which it’s a short walk. The hotel is located in a safe, spacious and friendly neighbourhood, with a few supermarkets and restaurants in the local area. Being located slightly outside of town is part of the charm of the Barceló Torre Arias in my opinion. Unlike many of hotels built in Madrid city centre the Barceló Torre Arias has ample space and is a modern building meaning you don’t hear pipes if someone flushes the toilet in the middle of the night as I have experienced previously. You also get to experience a completely different side of Madrid away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre which can be really refreshing.
The Barceló Torre Arias has 108 rooms of which four are junior suites. The rooms are well designed making good use of the space available. The rooms I have stayed in have been clean with a well-stocked bathroom. If you are fortunate to stay in the Junior Suite there is also a trouser press. Each room has a large TV and fast and reliable internet access by WiFi or ADSL cable. Each room faces the outside of the hotel, with a floor to ceiling window allowing for plenty of natural light. My only criticism is for slightly better artificial light at night times, though lighting is sufficient. The front doors of the hotel are locked at night, with someone at reception to let you in to ensure safety of guests.
The Barceló Torre Arias has a number of facilities for guests to use. Onsite parking is available for guests at a cost of 16 Euros per day*. The hotel has a fitness centre and sauna for guests to use. Though simple, the fitness centre is well maintained with standard gym equipment available. Two meeting rooms are available in the hotel alongside a “cyber corner” for guests to connect to the internet should they need to check emails etc. Laundry facilities are available as well as a safe in the room to store valuables.
The Barceló Torre Arias has a lobby bar and restaurant called “El Hayedo”. The restaurant serves a great buffet breakfast with a selection of hot and cold food and drinks for 14 Euros*. My only criticism of breakfast is for more vegetarian hot food, though the selection available was satisfactory. El Hayedo also offers a great lunch and a-la-carte dinner with cuisine inspired from the Madrid region and wider Mediterranean. Both the lobby bar and restaurant offer free WiFi to customers. Three hours free parking is also available for guests who visit the restaurant during lunch hours. Please note the restaurant is closed on weekends.
As I mentioned above, each time I have visited the Barceló Torre Arias, it seems like my home away from home. A big part of this is the excellent service and friendliness of the staff who really go out of their way to ensure a pleasant stay at the hotel. The hotel invests a lot in its staff, and also takes on trainees/apprentices. It’s therefore no wonder I have seen the same staff year in, year out when staying at the hotel (somewhat of a rarity in the travel industry). All the staff have great knowledge of the local area and central Madrid, so there shouldn’t be a question they can’t help you with. The Barceló Torre Arias also won a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award in 2014.
I based my overall review on hotels of a similar category.