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JourneyWomen Suggest Super Sleeps in Spain

 

Evelyn Hannon

The popularity of Spain as a tourist destination has been increasing by leaps and bounds. That's why Journeywoman posted a general query about this country in one of our travel tip newsletters. We asked readers to share their women's perspective and experiences regarding female-friendly hotels, bed and breakfasts or hostels they have tested in sunny Spain. The result was a barrage of e-mails and a cornucopia of helpful ideas, tips and advice. We're sure that this excellent information will be a great starting point for all our readers as they begin their travel research...


A charming place in Madrid...

sun

I stayed at the Hotel Europa located by Puerta del Sol, a ten minutes walk from the Prado and Royal Palace (just down the block from the Plaza Mayor). Rooms are a good size. The sitting room and halls are charming and quaintly decorated. I was there in the spring and prices were as follows: Single 52 euro, Double 65 euro, Superior Double 93 euros -- all plus tax. Breakfast was not included in the price but there is a super restaurant located just downstairs. I would definitely return.
Caryl, USA


A great hotel in Madrid...

I just returned from Spain, and my second time staying in this little hotel in Madrid -- Hostel Besaya. It's very centrally located at the intersection of San Bernardo and Gran Via, near the Plaza de Espana. Hostel Besaya has air conditioning in each room and television, private baths, and it's in a secure building. In a lounge area they have a computer with internet access.sun I don't know if they speak English or not (probably); we were communicating with them in our beginner Spanish. I believe I paid $US54 for a double.
Address: Hostal - Residencia Besaya, calle San Bernardo, 13; Madrid.
Tel: 34 91 541 32 06
Fax: 91-541 32 07
Website: http://www.lanzadera.com/besaya
E-mail: hrbesaya@teleline.ca
MaryAnn, Washington DC, USA


Family-run in Madrid ...

sunI am a Journeywoman reader living in Spain. Here's the name of one of the places I've used myself. I hope this recommendation can help someone visiting this country. Hostal Jaen in Madrid is a family run, excellent value hostel, a short walk to both Puerta de Sol and Prado museum. They also have furnished apartments, so if you're a few couples or a family, you would be more comfortable in them. You can find out more at: http://www.hjaen.com
Tanya, Spain


A travel agent offers advice...

I'm a travel agent with House of Travel in Montreal, Canada. For my clients travelling to Spain, sunI have used Tryp Hotels, part of the Sol Melia group as well as Sol Hotels. Often, you can get rates of 40-80 euro, and these hotels are like Marriott, Residence Inn by Marrriott, or Courtyard by Marriott. So you get the comfort of a good hotel company at prices of a bed and breakfast. Many offer Continental Breakfast included. These hotels can be Credit card held, without paying in advance. This is better than getting a surprise, and prepaying for something that turns out to be not what you wanted. I hope this information is useful.
Melanie, Montreal, Canada


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