We decided to book Marriott hotels in Madrid and Barcelona since my cousin Sharon is an elite member and she was able to get us good rates. In Spain Marriott’s hotels are called AC Hotel. Sharon chose the Carlton Madrid property for it’s proximity to the top 3 museums in Madrid which were only a block away.
When we arrived at around 10:00 am only one room was available and we gave it to Sharon first. She let us take a speedy shower then we rushed to the Prado museum which was opened on Sunday, the day we arrived and closed on Monday. The room was small but very clean.
When we returned in the afternoon Rochelle and I finally went into our room we were ecstatic that it had two beds and it was much bigger than Sha’s room. We later found out this was supposed to be her room since she was an elite member of Marriott and she got upgraded. We did offer to change rooms but she declined since she was all settled in already.
This were the only toiletries and amenities given by AC Hotels. Not in the picture was the silly golf ball soap that kept rolling around the counter.
Sha’s room had the typical digital safe but out room’s safe required a key from the front desk. On the right is our stash from our flight and lounge of Qatar Airways.
We had the best breakfast in our entire 3 week trip in this hotel. Why? First because it was a buffet, second it came free with the room and third the quality was just darn good. The AC Bar where we had our breakfast was located just off the lobby.
bread, croissant, muffins and cookies
My favorite among all the breakfast goodies were these whole wheat pastries specially the palmiers (middle) which seemed to be a Spanish favorite since I saw it in so many pastelerias but this was the only whole wheat version I saw.
I was able to liberate quite a few palmiers straight into my ziploc bag. It provided a great snack for our long drive to San Sebastian. This is one of the reasons why zip top bags are a must-bring when you travel.
The Iberico ham was wonderful.
On our last day there was churros but only terrible instant hot chocolate.
I loved their coffee and had at least two cups everyday. I still had my plain yogurt with fresh orange slices.
AC Hotel Carlton Madrid
Paseo de la Delicias 26 · Madrid, Madrid 28045 Spain