Calle San Marcos 8, Madrid, Spain | map
Why this hotel? Large apartments. Modern design. In the gay district. Free WiFi.
8.7 Excellent - based on 827 reviews
This collection of bright, stylish 1- and 2-bedroom apartments are located in the heart of Madrid’s gay village and just a few minutes’ walk from Gran Via shopping.
Excellent choice if you want privacy and space to relax with friends before a night out.
These very spacious apartments (47-67 m²) are air-conditioned and feature a lounge with a large flat screen TV, an iPod dock and a fully equipped kitchenette (fridge, microwave, kettle, dishwasher, etc.).
Great value for money and very popular during party weekends and Pride.
venue: Hotel (旅馆) | features: free wi-fi
Madrid Smart Rental is the King of Bait and Switch
“As a recent reviewer on TripAdvisor experienced, I was told when I arrived at SmartRentals that there were water problems in my apartment and I would be moved to a different location. I paid for a duplex in Chueca, which was not cheap, and received a smallish flat on the first floor of a busy “party” street in a different neighborhood. And told that the price would be the same and non-refundable! There was noise all night and the windows not soundproofed — I felt like I was sleeping right on Calle Santa Barbara.
When I complained about the huge disparity between the apartment I paid to rent and the apartment I received, María Zamora told me she would deduct 30 euros “(final price)” from a 344 euro bill. The inadequacy and arrogance of this offer was appalling.
I'm not sure if SmartRentals typically overbooks and lies about the water problems (see recent TripAdvisor review with the same story) just to get you into a cheaper room for a more expensive price, or if SmartRentals really does have recurring and frequent water problems, but you may not get the apartment you paid to rent -- and apparently you have no recourse.
If we were in the United States, I'd have SmartRentals and María Zamora investigated for fraud, but I don't have the time or knowledge of Spanish law to proceed. This is exactly the situation that SmartRentals and María Zamora count upon when they force a last minute location change upon you.
Do yourself a favor and stay away from SmartRentals and María Zamora: they are preying on the fact that finding a last minute apartment is a lot of work. And there are plenty of legitimate rental agencies in Madrid.
SmartRentals should be ashamed for the shell game they are running.“
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