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The plaza is quite stunning, circled by many tapas restaurants. The side streets off the plaza are all very interesting in their own right. This is a great place to rendezvous with friends for a drink or evening of tapas.
This plaza is located in a very cool neighborhood, but it's full of tourist-centric restaurants and souvenir shops. Don't get me wrong, it's a beautiful plaza. But you'll find much better eating and shopping in the nearby areas.
This is an impressive plaza and historcially significant in Madrids history. Sadly though, for me at least worth just one visit as this is a tourist trap. One of those places that where you trip over undesirables flogging fake handbags and sunglasses.
On a business trip I came here to grab something to eat and drink. Lots of possibilities, nice christmas decoration. I liked it a lot! The Plaza is huge and offers a lot of place for different merchants.
The Plaza Mayor really comes alive at night with bustling bars and cafes.
Surrounded by beautiful architecture which our guide told us used to house nobility you can clearly see why.
Definitely worth a look
Lively square with lots of activity. Some great restaurants but beware as some can be very expensive. Walk 5 mins from the square towards the Tapas Bar area which is much cheaper and more friendly. Would recommend
A must see, that gives a glimpse into its past and present. Its a good place to relax, watch people, and above all the architecture. The homes situated in this square give a glimpse of how people in Madrid live.
Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street performers, colorful lights, window shopping, restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a collection of plazas interconnected by a network of side streets. Some of these side streets are wide pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as
desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.
Response from Michael K | Reviewed this property |
Where to stay is a tough question. There's such a variety of accommodation in all the European cities. Your best bet is to use one of the sites that shows prices and locations on a map, put in your criteria, and see what... More
Where to stay is a tough question. There's such a variety of accommodation in all the European cities. Your best bet is to use one of the sites that shows prices and locations on a map, put in your criteria, and see what comes up. We stayed at a chain hotel a bit of a distance from Plaza Mayor, but, really, Madrid is so easy with great public transit and so walkable, you may want to change your plans to stay close to any specific attraction.
You might want to consider the Hotel Claridge 4*. It is a bit closer to the Prado and St. Jeranimos. All said, there a lots of churches and taxis are clean, plentiful and in expensive so you might also consider Hotel... More
You might want to consider the Hotel Claridge 4*. It is a bit closer to the Prado and St. Jeranimos. All said, there a lots of churches and taxis are clean, plentiful and in expensive so you might also consider Hotel Europa which is more centrally located.