We hurried into a cab fresh on arrival at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport when the Spanish-English language barrier, peppered with our cab driver’s lack of patience, had us heading in the wrong direction and abandoned miles away from our destination. With a quick swipe to the Uber of the Spanish-speaking world, we found ourselves in a Cabify car. With our little luggage cases in tow, we were promptly delivered safely outside our Madrid home on an unassuming residential road complete with a supermarket at the end of street.
- One Bedroom Apartment, Self-Catering
- Accommodation Perks: Shared Jacuzzi pool
- May 2018, 3 Nights
- Size: 40m2
- Location: Calle de Vizcaya, 9, 28045, Madrid – Spain
- Closest Metro Stations: Atocha – Line 1: 7 minute walk, Palos de la Frontera – Line 3: 5 minute walk
- Number of Guests: 4
- Price: 497 EUR/ £433.15 (per person: 124.25 EUR/£108.29)
Booked via Expedia
The life size Erik Vokel silhouette in the lobby assured us we were, without a doubt, in the right place. Alongside it, a vintage bicycle baring a bouquet of wild flowers in the front basket – an instagrammers dream! The front desk staff were friendly and welcoming, joyfully describing to us the best Madrid has to offer. Without hesitation, they orientated us using a paper-based map, marking out in large suggestive circles where to shop, where to eat, where to party and how to get to the stations close by.
In the weeks leading up to our Madrid trip, we had been keenly monitoring the weather forecast. Rain had been threatening to fall for the entire weekend, but in reality the rain in Spain only lasted one night. Fortunately, the sun came out for us to enjoy the key perk of the apartment which was a major influence in us booking the accommodation via Expedia in the first place. The Erik Vokel Boutique Apartments deal-sealer was just outside, past the front desk and through the glass doors; the Jacuzzi pool we would later use as a photoshoot spot and travel vlog settings.
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For a party of four, the apartment was fairly small despite being comfortable and homely. This aside, our apartment was clean, modern, bright and airy with large doors that would allow us to gaze out onto the residential road below. The modern, beige, interior were given life by the striking geometric headboard in the bedroom and the city scene mural-esque wallpaper in the living and dining area. The perspex dining table set, which would host our “girls night in” pizza and pasta takeaway on the rainy evening was also a favourite. With convenience stores, subway stations and the Museum Reina (where we had the most heavenly brunch) all in walking distance, the Erik Vokel Boutique Apartments in Atocha comes confidently recommended by us.
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