Madrid City Center
Start your adventure at Madrid’s crown jewel, Palacio Real de Madrid, the royal palace and the adjacent Sabatini Gardens. Madrid’s oldest district includes the popular landmarks of Plaza Mayor, Gran Vía and Plaza Cibeles, or the popular area of Lavapies in Embajadores.
Places to stay from $6 a night
1.4 miles from downtown
This historic district can’t be missed. Loop around Retiro Park – once the royal family’s private garden, it’s full of lavish monuments and tree-lined avenues. People-watch on Paseo del Prado boulevard, filled with joggers, street vendors and locals, then spend a few hours exploring El Prado Museum’s important collection of paintings.
Places to stay from $46 a night
1.6 miles from downtown
Serrano and José Ortega y Gasset (in Lista) are great for shopping and are lined with luxury and designer shops. The residential neighborhoods of Recoletos, Lista, Goya and Castellana feature some of Europe’s most expensive real estate, and the area itself is one of Madrid’s most important commercial zones.
Places to stay from $37 a night
1.2 miles from downtown
This small, historic residential district is becoming gentrified as young professionals move to the area. Spread over 6 neighborhoods, it’s a lively district to visit for some local flavor and has a village-like atmosphere. Filled with Modernist, Gothic and neo-Mudejar architecture, its streets are best explored by foot.
Places to stay from $23 a night
Madrid is all bustling plazas, lively tapa bars, and a rich variety of museums showcasing Spain’s most celebrated artists. The world-famous Prado Museum features the work of Goya and Velázquez. The Prado forms the "golden triangle" with the Reina Sofía Museum—home to Picasso’s "Guernica"—and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, an enormous private collection highlighting a wide array of artistic styles.
Madrid’s medieval architecture holds centuries of history, like the intricate portico arches of Plaza Mayor, as well as the baroque Royal Palace, where state ceremonies are held to this day. And visiting top attractions like these is easy thanks to the city’s efficient and high-speed Metro system.
Spain's sprawling capital is a city that lives and breathes soccer. If you’re a fan, catch a game at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium—home to Real Madrid—and roar with the rest of the crowd as the "Galácticos" take the field.
Madrid’s weather is pleasant year-round, with perfectly comfortable temperatures on either side of summer. Even a winter vacation practically guarantees clear blue skies – making for a beautiful sight when flying into the airport during the day.
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|Most popular time to visit||July-September|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||€ 1 = $1.21|
|Average weekend price||$93 per night|
|Average weekday price||$92 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
An amazing city! I really liked going to the Prado and walking around when I could. The architecture is quite lovely. The staff at the Prado was very helpful and friendly and I was quite surprised at how inexpensive things were compared to Paris and Brussels. The cafe at the Prado is a must, especially try the plate of olives for just 1,50€. The tea came in an elegant service and the service was promt. The service on Air Nostrum fro Bordeaux was surprisingly good. I wasn't expecting to be served anything to eat, and was pleasantly surprised that on the 50 minute flight I got a full meal. Very pleasant surprise. The airport Adolfo Barajas is very clean, well organized and pleasing to the eye. It is a far cry from the airport of Bordeaux, which is an airport that I would say is, to say in French 'en attente d'organisation.' Truly that airport is to be avoided whenever possible. I feel like I just touched the surface of what there is to discover in Madrid. Again, at the Prado, the admission is just 15€ but you must ask, when you buy the ticket, for a time to see the special collection. It doesn't cost anything more, but if you don't ask, they won't give it to you and you won't be able to see what is at the temporary exhibit. Also, when you buy your entry ticket to the Prado, DO BUY the guide. It costs just 9€ more, but if you wait until the bookstore, then it costs 30€. It is more than worth it. Most every work of art is in the guidebook with a color photo. When you go through the museum, try to note the works that you like along with their authors, in order to go back and study them on internet. That has been a treasure for me to go back to. That way I can also download nice color images of the works that I liked since they do not allow photos in the museum. (I found that out once I had taken my twentieth photo).
Madrid is great. So much history and art to absorb. One trip is not enough. It's a thoroughly walkable city with friendly people and great food. I love Madrid because it's a melting pot of cultures, whether from other Spanish-speaking countries in Central or South America, or others from around the globe. Madrid is truly a world-class city.
There's so much to do and so many places to visit. Just walking around is a great experience and Madrid has everything from culture, night scene, foods, parks, landmarks. It is a great city! El Prado museum is a must!
I will review Hotel Regina where we stayed in madrid. I loved this hotel! It was reasonably priced and in such a great central location in Madrid city! I trust my family's advice and every time they have stayed in Madrid they have stayed at this lovely hotel - something of a family tradition at this stage! Especially enjoying the delicious breakfast together! The staff at the front desk are young and chatty and friendly, really lovely. The foyer is glamorous and luxury in appearance - I loved the decor and furniture! Some negatives however: Our room was not great as the window opened up onto a courtyard so the room was very dim - almost as if there was no window at all. But the bed was comfy and huge! If I'd been staying longer I would have asked to change rooms as our room was so dimly lit due to the window position. There was no kettle or tea provided in the room. The room was too hot (even though it was January) as we couldn't work out how to lower the heating or put on the AC! Maybe this was our mistake and we should have asked the front desk how to control this. At night the room was extremely noisy - noise carries throughout the hotel, perhaps due to very thin walls. We could hear the conversations of fellow guests returning from partying in the early hours of the morning!!!!
We found the hop on hop off bus system very good, as it allows you to see the city from the top of the bus, with explanations of the history and buildings in various languages. And if you see something that interests you, you can get off the bus to spend some time there and then back on the bus at your convenience. The busses pass by every 15 minutes. And from our hotel "Dear Hotel Madrid" we were able to easily walk into the shopping and sining district of the city.
Use the Touristic Buss is a must and also take a walk over the Hotel is also nice. Weather was too hot at the time, but really nice to use as vacations, many places to visit, people very nice and food is also excellent. There are many restaurants surrounding the hotel.
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