The cosmopolitan student district of Moncloa is a laid-back bohemian hub by day and buzzing party town by night. After sundown, descend the steps to the Bajos de Argüelles and bask in the bouncing rhythms of the local music scene and tear up the dancefloors of its affordable student bars and nightclubs. For a slower pace, a relaxing day in the lush Parque del Oeste park is a soothing delight.
Madrid's palatial Atocha Station is the beating heart of a bustling neighborhood. Take the weight off your feet and stretch out across the exquisite parkland of the Madrid Botanical Gardens, or take in an extravagant show at the Calderon Theater. Art buffs flock to the CaixaForum gallery, with its stunning vertical garden and the Queen Sofia Arts Center, bursting with modern, cutting edge Spanish art.
The street that never sleeps, Gran Via teems with life from dawn until dusk, from the busy Plaza del Callao square, to the Coliseum theater, to the rows of big high-street stores. Bring your camera to the resplendent Puerta Del Sol square, because you'll want to savor the sight of the Bear and Madrono Tree statue and the gorgeous Post Office building for years to come.
With the glistening Miguel de Cervantes monument shooting up into the sky, and the spectacular bronze statues of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza standing in its shadow, the Plaza de Espana is one of Madrid's most striking sights. But leave space on your camera for the Royal Palace, as its gorgeous Baroque and Classical facade, along with the gardens of Sabatini and Campo del Moro will take your breath away.
With stellar names like Chanel, Armani and Versace lining its streets and the rhythm of thousands of feet treading the pretty pavements of the Calle Serrano and Calle Ortega y Gasset, Salamanca is Madrid's capital of high-end shopping. For a refreshing change of pace, immerse yourself in ancient history at the Archaeological Museum, or bask in centuries of Spanish literature at the National Library.
"short notice, great service"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Sep 22, 2013
Price, location, service, staff - all perfect. I had to book this hotel at short notice for a conference. The deal through hotels.com caught my eye. they had enough rooms to accomodate me even an extra day and the price was good. right next to a fantastic little bakery for breakfast and close to gregorio maranon metro station.
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jul 18, 2013
The hotel was beautifully decorated in a funky retro style. Very comfortable, clean and airy. The rainfall shower was great. The rooftop terrace provides a lovely view. Staff friendly and helpful. The surrounding area is a little downtown (there are some "ladies" on the street corners etc), but did not really bother us or influence our stay. Location: near all the tourist attractions. Generally we enjoyed our stay and would recommend to anyone who is an adventurous traveller with not too many airs and graces.
"Good hotel, good location"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Apr 14, 2013
a short ride from the train station but a really long ride to the airport! The hotel is situated 3 min walk from Plaza Espana and about 6 min walk to the Royal Palace & Royal Theatre. I also walked from the hotel to all other sights like Plaza de Cibeles, Plaza de Colon, Serrano, Gran Via and Puerto de Sol.... The tourist bus also stops near the hotel.The hotel has dark, gothic deco and the automatic lighting in the corridors make you feel like you walking into a haunted mansion. The room was small but comfortable, big comfy bed, with amazing views of Madrid (I was on the top floor). I had comfortable peaceful sleep. The lifts need changing or service or some sort of intervention because for a 5* hotel they are really dreary. Wi-fi a bit sluggish and you need to log in each time you come back to the room and every 30 min or so.Only english channels are 2 news channels, BBC and FoxNews... The staff spoke good English and were friendly... It's not a top notch 5* hotel, just ok... I'd stay there again if the rate is right...