where to stay in Madrid
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Feb 25, 2013 5:55 AM Last Post By: shelemm
Feb 21, 2013 5:29 PM
where to stay in MadridSo my husband and I will be in Madrid for 2 1/2 days in May. I wish we had more time, but we don't. We usually stay in apartments when we travel, but we're also considering hotels in this case since our stay is so short. We definitely plan to vist the Prado and Reina Sofia museums, but aren't sure about other specific sites. We want really good, not too expensive, local food. We are happy eating tapas, or the daily specials at small local places. Shopping is not too important, more interested in local markets or small independent stores. Definitely not interested in big-name international brands. Any suggestions on neighborhoods we should consider staying in for such a short time? Hotels or apartments?
Feb 21, 2013 9:37 PM
Basically, Madrid has all kind of places, but for a couple of days I agree that the hotel is the more natural way to choose. You most likely will have to use the subway, so try to find one close to a subway stop (quite easy), the area doesn´t matter much... Just visit some websites (tripadvisor, booking, etc. you know) about hotels to find one that suit on your budget and that´s it.
For some nice atmosfere try La Latina neighbourhood, bars, pubs, and also "El Rastro" (popular market in the street), specialy good on Sundays morning.
Feb 22, 2013 4:11 AM
Not sure what your budget is, but the Salamanca district of Madrid is a good base for shopping, eating and sigtseeing. It's not in the heart of the city, but it is an easy walking distance from the galleries and the Retiro. The Vincci Soma on C/Goya is, in my experience a nice inexpensive hotel in this area and close to the metro. Ask for an interior room when checking in so that you are not overlooking the main road.
Feb 22, 2013 9:33 AM
3Our budget is would probably be considered 'budget' to mid-range for a hotel - we don't need fancy or posh, just clean and comfortable and in an interesting, but not too interesting, neighborhood. We would like a little more comfort and quiet than we would expect in a typical hostel. The la latine neighborhood sounds about right from what I've read so far. But I'm having a hard time finding a map that clearly shows the different neighborhoods.
We are arriving on May 15th and I just read that is the time of the Fiestas de San Isidro. It sounds fun to be there for a big festival, but I'm sure we don't want our hotel to be right in the thick of the festivities. Any comments on where the majority of the festivities are held, things that would be especially fun to see or super crowded areas to avoid?
Thanks for everyone's comments so far!
Feb 22, 2013 10:56 AM
Feb 22, 2013 11:58 AM
5La Latina is the area close to La Latina underground stop, Cava Alta/Cava Baja and the Rastro would be in the triangule between La Latina-Puerta de Toledo and the street "Ribera de Curtidores".
See here: http://www.elrastro.org/domingos-7.htm
But as I said, you can choose the hotel not there, and simple use the public transport as a visit to arrive there.
The San Isidro party is a good chance to see the "chulapos" (people with the traditional dress from Madrid region) dancing "chotis". Probably going to "Pradera de San Isidro" (in Carabanchel) with some picnic and see the people there could be interesting, music, dancing and nice atmosfere. Also very important is the bull fighting festival on those dates, in "Las Ventas", a nice oportunity if you want to see this event.
Feb 24, 2013 5:01 AM
6A really popular bar and restaurant (not too expensive), where we
always have the chuleton is Fatigas del Querer, you can google it,
it's in Calle de la Cruz, it's always the first place we set off to
eat in whenever we arrive in Madrid. By the way, chuleton here is a
huge steak, sort of like a t-bone, but without the bone, grilled rare
with sea salt, one is enough for 2 people - with a bottle of tinto,
Our favourite hotel is Hotel Catalonia Plaza Mayor, it's near Plaza
Santa Ana - it is expensive though, but Madrid hotels, if you want
something decent, are a bit more expensive than in smaller cities
(looking on google though now I see the price advertised, I assume a
special, is £56 which is good). had lovely tapas at Tartufo in Plaza
All over the city is a chain called Museo del Jamon, fab jamon,
cheeses and wine, a favourite with the locals. We always spend most
of our time whenever we are in Madrid in the triangle of Art Museums,
the Prado, Reina Sophia and Thssen-Bornemisza - they are absolutely
amazing, love them!
Feb 25, 2013 5:55 AM
7We stayed at the Hotel Persal on Plaza San Angel, very centrally located. A short walk to Sol or Plaza Real. Very nice lobby, decor of rooms is spare, but the beds are comfortable. A nice place at a nice price for a terrific location. Right on the same plaza is a very good tapas place, Estado Puro - not rustic - but exquisitely prepared.
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