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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.
Loved walking under the porch on this plaza with all the different little and quaint stores, cafes and restaurants!!
I stopped at a place where I had a calamari sandwich ( sounds chewy, I know) but I was so surprised when I liked it and wanted some more, truly tasteful!!!
Located in a Neo-Classical mansion, this multi story museum host some lovely 16th century to modern paintings and sculptures. Most of the artist you might not have heard of, but the quality of the art is top drawer.
Visited the Duchamps, Dalì & Magritte exhibition. Very good with lots of other excellent artists also on display. Very interesting. Very good value with free headsets. The actual palace is beautiful too.
This imposing building caught my attention once I arrived at Plaza Mayor. Its red facade is simple and elegant in architecture. The plaza is lively and crowded. There were many tourists and locals having drinks and snacks at the cafes and restaurants along the side of this beautiful building.
Yes, you do need to check online whether the palace is open the day before you go. You can go to Patriminonial Nacional website which is the gatekeeper of all the royal palaces in Spain, look under "Buy Tickets" and look closely at the calendar shown and see the color legend to check whether is palace is open or closed....
We booked an evening meal at this restaurant and it was one of the best dining experiences I have ever had. It felt the most traditional meal we had while in Madrid. The service was perfect and the atmosphere had a great feel.
There’s an English menu but take the time to learn a little basic Spanish. It’ll help massively...
Walked by and saw a great deal on the wall. Came back for late lunch, greeted by a warm inviting staff and got seated right away. Had an amazing menu and left 100 percent satisfied and full. Made us want to write our first review on a restaurant. A real game changer.😂
Do not miss this place. A Michelin 1 star restaurant that exceeds the rating. The food was the most inventive and tasteful I have ever had. We had a 20 course tasting menu with wine for every course. It did take us 3.5 hours to finish dinner.but it seemed like half of that. Every new course was something totally different...
"Delicious food in hip casual atmosphere at reasonable prices"
reviewed yesterday by Remo1990
Delicious food in hip casual atmosphere at reasonable prices. We went here spontaneously for an early dinner and had a great experience. Nice service and very good spanish tapa style food. We had the boar roll, tapa special of the day, and the eggplant in tomato sauce with bacon. All very tasty.
The sangria was also recommendable. You can also...
Our experience was great, starting with arrival and check-in. All the staff was extremely polite and helpful. The hotel and rooms were very nice. The breakfast was delicious, and no effort was spared by the staff who were genuine in their desire to satisfy our needs.
Location is good,staff are excellent especially Sergio was so helpful and welcoming.
i like the style of the hotel Two floors and more what i liked is The instructions Tag cards.
staff guided me location of any events around
and recommended restaurants around
basically staff were so nice to guests
I just spent three days with my family in Madrid at the “new” Hyatt centric grand via Madrid. The hotel is superb and all new. The staff is extremely friendly, helpful and professional. The hotel is in a perfect location in Madrid. The rooms are of highest quality and taste. The breakfast is magnificent. I have stayed at multiple 5...
"Excellent Location; Great Service; Fantastic Staff"
reviewed 4 days ago by LucyDas
B&B Puerta Del Sol is literally < 50 m from the epicentre of Madrid - Puerta Del Sol. The Sol Metro and the Renfe Cercanias station are walking distance from the hotel. It’s in one of the lanes that open into Sol. There are eateries just outside the Hotel. The entrance is a bit unobtrusive but look out for the...
Very tidy, clean and modern hotel right in the bustling area of shopping and restaurants. Plaza del Sol just a short walk way. Everything within walking distance. Staff excellent. Loved it. Definitely the area to be in.