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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.
Each time I come to Gran Via, I feel wonderful there. It is lively, busy and with a nostalgic touch to the roaring 20s of the 20th century.... Walking through the street and just observing the people, the cars, the lights, the buildings adds something cosmopolitan to Madrid. Something that few cities have.
Every time I visit Madrid, I head here for my immersion into whatever temporary art exhibit is being mounted. I’ve seen three exhibitions so far: M. C. Escher, Alphonse Mucha, and Tamara Lempicka. The building is fascinating itself. The exhibitions are always well-paced, with just enough information.
An impressive building in the Plaza Mayor, it stands out for its frescoed facade on the North side of the plaza. Burned down many times and many times rebuilt, it stands out an example of the many lives, many of Madrid’s have had during the 3-4 past centuries.
ALGARABÍA is one of my fixed and unmissable stops in Madrid. This time it was twice in four days, as the first dinner was so delicious that we decided it was worth a second wonderful experience.
Isabel and Pilar pampered us so well that the only thing we could do was to go again.
This tiny cozy place is a...
We went here for dinner due to good reviews on Trip Advisor and since it was close to our apartment. A very cozy place with only about 25 seats - some at a counter. Our waiter, Orlando was from Argentina, spoke wonderful English and couldn't have been more charming. I ordered the house wine and a pizza and my husband...
"Excellent place, staff is so welcoming and friendly."
reviewed today by MarcBartra
Was looking for a great tapas bar while on vacation in Madrid and stumbled upon El Mini Bar and so happy I did! It ended up being my favorite place to eat there! The customer service, food, and drinks were all on point. This place has a comfortable hipster/laid back family vibe that made me feel welcomed and relaxed....
We arrived yesterday. After a quick check-in, we had coffee and chat about some topics before Encarni joined to welcome us and for conversation.
The room was ready with all details, including a bottle of Champaign at the right temperature.
We celebrated our wedding at this hotel just one year ago. The wedding was so successful that several of our...
Family friendly smoke-free hotel (including baby sitters) within 10 minute walk of Madrid attractions and five minutes to the railway station.
Multi-lingual staff was helpful with obtaining tour tickets.
The cozy room had kitchen facilities (refrigerator & microwave).
Very clean rooms and the breakfast was delicious.
I spend four nights at VP Plaza Espana Design during a business trip and I was pleasantly surprised. As a person travelling on a weekly base, I am pretty demanding when it comes to my stays during a business trip. But this time it was flawless.
Located at Plaza Espana, basically you are in the heart of Madrid. The hotel...
We were there to celebrate my husbands birthday and had requested a sunny room with a view and that's what we got. The room was compact but well equipped and the mini bar was a bonus.The bed was very comfortable and I wish I had asked them where they got their lovely soft pillows.The bath room had a bath with...
Beautifully designed "retro" hotel with contemporary touches all in an impressive "belle Epoque" building.
Beds and bathrooms are the usual quality expected at Hyatt, the minibar is surprising full of chic snacks and beverages, so is the size of the rooms. At 20,000 points Hyatt Centric is a little high for mile redemption, I think it is a better deal...