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Hotel Acta Madfor 3.0

Opera, Madrid, Community of Madrid

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  • Smart, contemporary interiors with vintage touches
  • Opposite Príncipe Pío Metro and commuter train station
  • Surrounded by three of Madrid's finest parks
  • Walking distance to lively Gran Vía
  • Top-floor solarium terrace with lovely views
  • Spacious, stylish lounge with plenty of seating
  • Some rooms open to balconies with park views
  • Free Wi-Fi and Internet corner
  • Secure underground parking on-site


  • Poor sound insulation in rooms
  • Some rooms are tiny
  • Overlooks busy road
  • No in-room refreshment amenities

Bottom Line

The 99-room Hotel Acta Madfor is a mid-range property that opened in 2012 opposite Príncipe Pío train station to the west of Madrid's center. While immediate surrounds aren't that attractive, there's plenty of green space within walking distance -- as is the city's liveliest street of Gran Vía. Rooms are fresh and modern, though can be small with poor sound insulation. Views from higher-level rooms and the roof-top solarium terrace are a real highlight, and on-site parking is a real boon for drivers. Overall, it's a good value option with good transport connections -- though earplugs might be required. 

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Modern hotel with antique accents

Opened in 2012, the Hotel Acta Madfor occupies an inconspicuous piece of contemporary red brick architecture whose modern entrance is fronted with smart black awning and potted shrubbery. Through a set of sliding doors, guests enter a tidy, low-ceilinged reception area decked out in simple modern black-and-white styling, contrasting with a few pieces of classical-style furnishings. The juxtaposition of fresh and contemporary interiors with recovered traditional pieces continues throughout the hotel, with chandeliers and old-fashioned ceiling lights illuminating modern wood floors that lead up to a spacious mezzanine open-plan lounge dotted with a mixture of low-profile design pieces, Chesterfield sofas, and 19th-century antiques. The blend of vintage and new creates playful yet tasteful interiors resulting in an atmosphere that is both modern and cozy. 


Opposite Príncipe Pío train station, 15 minutes' walk from Gran Vía

The hotel is located on a fairly busy road in the Casa de Campo area to the west of Madrid's center. Although not the most attractive neighborhood, the hotel is surrounded by some of the capital's finest parks including Parque del Oeste, La Casa de Campo, and Campo del Moro. Transport links are also good with the Príncipe Pío Metro and commuter train station just opposite and connects easily to all over the city. Madrid's famous main shopping and entertainment thoroughfare -- Gran Vía -- is a brisk 15-minute walk away while the Príncipe Pío shopping mall is just around the corner. Access by car is also convenient with the hotel just a block from the M-30 highway exit and there is garage parking on-site. 


Stylish rooms, some with pleasant park view balconies

The hotel has 99 rooms, all of which are decorated in fresh, simple contemporary styling with wood flooring, modern furnishings, and crisp white fabrics -- though some are very small. In-room tech includes free Wi-Fi, electronic safes, and 32-inch flat-screen TVs with satellite channels (though there's little in English). All rooms are climate controlled, though lacking minibars or tea and coffee facilities. While some rooms extend to balconies, not all are furnished, though some do feature lovely views of the Casa de Campo park. Bathrooms are nicely finished in gray slate with walk-in showers and wall-mounted hair dryers. Despite some soundproofing, road-facing rooms can suffer from traffic noise while there have also been reports of very poor sound insulation between rooms. 


Spacious lounge and top-floor terrace with lovely views

The hotel has a breakfast service each morning serving a cold buffet, though it is not included in the rate -- a vending machine area, mini-fridge, microwave, and coffee machine are also available for guests' use throughout the day. The hotel's Mad4U lounge is a spacious sitting area with plenty of seating and a pleasant place to unwind, while a top-floor furnished terrace has splendid views over the surroundings. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel as is an Internet corner with two terminals. Those arriving by car have access to secure parking on-site (for a fee) while unusual for Madrid hotels, bike are available to hire. 

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