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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.
Central meeting point! Interesting architecture!
Touristy and cheap stuff selling at the Plaza!
Generally safe! The best sandwich with fried pulpo or calamari is very close by (sorry i can't recall the name)!
It's the oldest restaurant in the world, lots of history, beautiful oven. Good service, decent food, I loved the pork suckling, however nothing exciting to accompany it, so it was a very dry meal. Enjoyed the Sangria. I enjoyed the experience overall, however this is not a place you go for the food, but for the experience and the history...
We selected Algarabia for our first evening in Madrid based on the reviews, our friends' recommendations and proximity to our hotel. We were warmly greeted upon arrival at 2200 with a hug and a kiss by our exuberant hostess Isabel. The charming salon is warmly lit and very inviting, the tables spaced to allow for intimate and romantic dining. The...
The dancing is amazing - we had heard from various locals this was the best place to go and the dancing did not disappoint. Just amazing, not a chance you can find some place better in Madrid. The rest of the service was ok, (one woman was borderline rude) but the performers more than made up for it.
We stayed at the family room for 2 adults and 2 young kids. Room is very tastefully decorated with good quality furnishing, befitting a 5 star hotel. Room was also very spacious and can easily accommodate a king bed and double sofa bed. Beds were very comfortable including the sofa bed.
Location is very central - less than 5 minutes...
Situated near Puerta Del Sol, in a cross road we can find a vero nice and modern B&B with kindly staff and very cute room.
This Hotel is located in a perfect position for visiting, closed to main attraction of city
Hotel located very convenient, close to the department store El Corte Ingles. Walking distance to everywhere made it perfect for first timers. Had a duplex room with 2 bathrooms and a kitchenette, loved it! Could handle a family of 4 easily (2 adults, 2 young kids).
Basic but complete and good breakfast.
Desk people are very nice and helpful!
Wow, what a great shower, a firm mattress, wonderful staff, and a fabulous breakfast. Our standard room was on the small side, but with all the amenities one needs. The hotel lobby is small and unremarkable, but this hotel has great class and is excellent value. The staff were so friendly. Thank you, Xavier, for all your suggestions and assistance....
Charming, intimate and comfortable hotel in supreme location. Impeccably clean. Staff is your family. Natalia in breakfast area is like a mother in the house, caring for all!
Front desk staff is genuinely interested in your comfort.
5 stars all around!