Hotel Review: Crowne Plaza Madrid Airport, 23 December 2015

Crowne Plaza Madrid Airport

When I started planning my whirlwind trip to the Iberian Peninsula, I decided to build a rest-day after my trans-Atlantic flight. This led me to the Crowne Plaza Madrid Airport. The sticker price for the room was 66 USD, but I used TopCashBack for 5 USD cash back. Also, I paid with my IHG credit card to get some points. This, stacked with a couple of deals, yielded me around 8000 (worth ~ 56 USD) points. This brought the actual cost of the room down to around 5 USD. They also offer free airport shuttle both ways, so that sweetened the deal even more.

Check-in/Check-out

It was quick. There wasn’t a line for both check-in and check-out, so there was no wait either way. I was upgraded from the run-of-house room to a suite, so that was even better (??? More on that later). As a platinum, I was offered a choice between a drink at the bar, or 600 points voucher. I took the points. Location It is near the airport. It is really an airport hotel. The area around it is a complete wasteland, and its neighbors? More airport hotels. If you are going to choose between airport hotels, you might want to think about the food on offer, because there’s really nothing around, so you will be stuck with what the hotel has to offer. Room service prices seemed reasonable (~10-15 EUR for most entrees), but I was so tired that I pretty much just passed out.

Crowne Plaza Madrid Airport

Room

I was given the King Bedroom Suite, which is the best room they have. It is large, with an entryway, and a walk-in closet. The seating area is also quite substantial, although it is not a separate room.

The highlight, or in my opinion, the weirdest thing, is the shower. It is this transparent thing that is central to the whole room. I’ve seen something like that in other hotels, whereby the bath/shower area offers peek-a-boo views from the bedroom area, but most do offer privacy options. Not in this case. There’s no way you can actually activate some privacy screen. There’re even blue lights, if you want to highlight that *erm* sexy shower show even more. There’s also a bathtub with Jacuzzi functions. But given my fatigue, I just took a quick, very weird, shower, and passed out in bed. They also offer a double vanity, and the toilet and bidet are in a separate little area with a door, if you want even more privacy.

Crowne Plaza Madrid Airport

In the room, they offer a Lavazza Mio machine, and Lavazza pods. It was pretty nice, if not super intuitive. The bed was comfortable, and I had a good night’s sleep. I also didn’t hear any neighbors, so that’s good. However, there are not power plugs near the bed. The manager did leave a (mass) note by the bedside table, and two little chocolates, though! The mini-bar/fridge contained two sodas and a bottle of water. Apparently, the mini-bar, coffee and snacks (two cookies) are complimentary on the first night. I did have some coffee and hot chocolate, as I woke up super early.

Crowne Plaza Madrid Airport

Breakfast

It was not included in my rate. But a glance at the room service menu suggests that a simple continental breakfast is about 6 EUR.

Wifi

It was decent.

Overall

It is a good airport hotel. The shuttle to the hotel might take a little while sometimes, due to traffic. If you arrive outside of their regular hours, there is a board posted by the hotel shuttles with their number – call them. Be sure to book your shuttle back to the airport when you check in. It is an efficient outfit, if you are simply planning on an overnight stay. The bathroom sure was trippy, but I guess I can’t complain too much about a suite upgrade.

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