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I'm trying to find a quiet hotel in Madrid that's not too far out of the way. Normally, I'd just hit a hotel booking website, pick a few in the right geographical area and price range, and check the reviews. But here, I see a constant theme: noisy, walls too thin, activity outside all night, can hear the neighbours breeze… My search method isn't working.

How can I search for a hotel based on subjective criteria such as being suitably quiet for a light sleeper?

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Good question! According to some studies, Spain is one of the noisiest countries in the world, so it may not be easy. :) I've certainly noticed the "activity outside all night" part too when staying in Madrid. –  Jonik May 26 '12 at 16:42

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My advice is: find hotels outside inner Madrid (that is roughly the area within the M-30 motorway; a ring road).

Las Tablas, for example, is a new neighbourhood in the north, planned during the housing bubble, and with low occupancy. That means fairly quiet nights (and days). There seem to be an NH and a Holiday Inn nearby. NB: I cannot recommend these two in particular (I haven't stayed); I just suspect they'll be quiet.

Around Suanzes (homonymous underground station; line 5, colour green) there is an Ibis/Accor that can't be expensive. I know those streets, and it can't be noisy at night...

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+1 for teaching me a new word –  CGCampbell Jul 16 at 19:10

A quick google search reveals a couple of links. The first one, from Go Madrid, has this to say about the Hotel Conde Duque:

The Hotel Conde Duque is really a quiet oasis in the bustling city of Madrid. The hotel is located in the peaceful and landscaped square of Plaza Conde Valle de Suchil close to the city centre, so instantly has a more relaxed and inviting atmosphere than many of the other available vacation spots in the city. It is ideally situated near the metro so traveling to Madrid's "must see" attractions poses no problem at all and can easily be done. The rooms here are very clean, with well-appointed bathrooms, many of which have luxurious marble baths. Breakfast is served promptly and is substantial, typical of a four star venue. The setting of the hotel is quaint, overlooking a local playground and park, which is filled every afternoon with children and their families, giving the Conde Duque a real traditional, family feel.

Which may fit your needs. of course, you'd still need to check online reviews for this site, but it's a start - if a hotel is specifically listed on a separate list of allegedly quiet hotels.

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Hello marketing speak. :) –  MastaBaba Aug 4 '12 at 11:35
    
Eithan, welcome to Travel.SE. I wasn't quite sure what you were trying to do here - it doesn't entirely answer the question - they were wondering HOW to search for such hotels, not asking for a specific one, and definitely not for clear marketing talk. So I googled your text, and found it was copied from gomadrid.com/hotels/quiet-hotels.html. We really do ask that you indicate where you took the text from with a link. What I suggest is editing your answer to say there's a site with quiet hotels, and include the link & details. As it stands, people are unlikely to vote it up ;) –  Mark Mayo Aug 5 '12 at 6:42
    
I've updated the answer to give an idea of what I was thinking. Let me know if that's ok and feel free to tailor it to your personal style if you wish, but let me know either way, and then I can delete these comments :) –  Mark Mayo Aug 5 '12 at 6:45

In general:

  • Try to go to hotels where the whole building is occuppied by the hotel
  • Try to avoid big streets or roads nearby
  • Obviously, do not choose hotels near night life areas
  • Trust in hotels chains like Hilton, Western, etc.. they usually have stronger criterias when they build a hotel
  • New hotels better than ancient buildings
  • Hotels with fitted carpet are better when other guest arrive very late
  • Ask for a room in the highest floors

In Madrid in particular, I can recommend the hotel Husa Serrano Royal. I stay 2 years ago and I don't have any complaint about it, but the truth is that I can sleep anywhere :)

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