Sorry to hear about your expiences, Fifi! I did a search in this forum and came up with at least one other posting (a negative one) about Hostal Massachusetts
. Really, I've only heard negative things about this place, but I have it on my list of Madrid hostels
(called "hostales" in Spanish) to give people a choice and to give all hostels the benefit of the doubt. However, I'll have to give your suggestion to remove it some thought as it's only adding to the case file on this hostel.
Also, as El Boqueron said, there are few if any hotels/hostels/lodgings on the Gran Vía which are quiet. In fact, this is the noisiest part of all Madrid. Also, most hostels are in older buildings and because of structural requirements of the time the rooms are usually smallish and it's relatively unusual that hostels have TV or even telephones. It IS unusual, however, that they're dirty. Spanish hostels are world-famous for having spotlessly clean rooms.
The difference between your hostel in Madrid and 3-star hotel in Sevilla is enormous... They're two completely different kinds of lodging and they don't claim to be at all similar. Most people on a tight budget are happy with a clean room where they can put their head at night in safety and peace. It doesn't sound like you found this at all at Hostal Massachusetts, with the exception of the low price, and this is a true shame.
Your opinions can only help future travellers and I'm very happy you shared with us. Hopefully they'll search in this forum before deciding on a place to stay in Madrid or anywhere in Spain for that matter.
In any case, I'm sure you had a wonderful time in Spain!
[This message has been edited by MadridMan (edited 09-15-2000).]