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.
"Very convenient to the airport"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Oct 18, 2012
This was an excellent choice for me. There was an airport pick-up, an excellent breakfast and free WiFi. In fact it was certainly one of the best hotels I have stayed at, anywhere in the world. There's a mall nearby with a large variety of shops and restaurants.
"AC Atocha by Marriott Madrid"
Reviewed by Bronwyn D of "Somerset WEst S Africa" on
Mar 30, 2012
Short walking distance to Atocha Railway station Madrid- however if you want to be in the huzz buzz of restuarants and the happenings area- this is not for you. It is in a quiet lane , spacious rooms -very mod decor..... ideal for those with an early start as even with your luggage it is not far 500 m or so. Hotel is made up of 2 buildings where the reception and check is in only in the one and you need to walk through to the other if your room is allocated in the 2nd ... A bit confusing - but a really good comfortable stay for 1 or 2 nights for convenience to station .WIFI in the reception area is for free - in your room you pay ! Breakfast extra cost 15 .12 (including VAT ) seems in Spain they do not quote VAT included so watch for that as it is 9%