Maria and Javier, and their daughter Greta, were the perfect hosts, and provided us with a beautiful, cozy, comfortable and beautifully-located apartment in Madrid. We feel very lucky indeed to have chosen this apartment.
In the weeks leading up to our stay, their communications were clear, honest, thoughtful and welcoming, and they are both fluent in English. They also met us at the apartment when we arrived, and left very clear instructions when they left.
We were traveling to Madrid with our 9-month-old son, and had some anxiety about the trip. Maria and Javier eased many of our concerns with their incredibly warm manner, generosity, and willingness to supply us with a crib and a stroller! You don't get that kind of service from even the best hotel.
Their apartment is an oasis in a bustling city. With an excellent layout, new kitchen, and beautiful design, the apartment immediately felt like home. Even though we shared the apartment with another family of three friends, we never felt crowded. There are two full bathrooms, and a child's room that our friends' 3-year-old adored. Although there is nightlife on their street, the bedrooms are amazingly quiet and great for sleeping.
Finally, Malasaña, where the apartment is located, was by far our favorite neighborhood in Madrid. A combination of New York's Soho, East Village and the cool nabes of Brooklyn, it was a lively and exciting place to be day and night. The apartment is also a quick 5-minute walk from the nearest stop on Madrid's fabulous Metro, but we were able to walk to the Royal Palace, Museo del Prado, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Mercado de San Miguel without any problem.
All in all, we couldn't imagine a better AirBnB experience. Our sincerest gratitude to Maria and Javier. Stay here if you possibly can. It will make your trip.