We stayed at Hostal Adriano for two nights in November. Workmen were toiling in the stairways...the place is getting a major facelift. Initially I was dismayed at the chaos and lack of elevator...however...once you leave the public area the hostal itself has been lovingly renovated and is bright and cheerful and contemporary in feel...the staff were very helpful and we were comfortable and felt secure and safe. The location is great...you can walk to all major downtown sites in moments and there are some neat places to eat nearby. Since European hostal standards are quite different from american hotel rooms, Hostal Adriano is pleasing because it is bright and cheerful. Some hostals are quite gloomy because of the old fixtures and windows that look out into the air shaft. Highly recommend Adriano and even if the elevator isnt ready, the stairs are not steep and they will help you with your luggage. Enjoy Madrid.