Considering we paid next to nothing for the room I was really impressed with how it turned out. The room was clean, spacious and comfortable and had all the facilities we wanted: air con; TV; minibar/fridge; room service; laundry service etc. Internet access was also available in reception. The hotel is quite big and has a bar and a restaurant serving breakfast and evening meals. The food is expensive though, and as far as the evening meal was concerned, not really that good! It was two sticks of carrot, two sticks of courgette and a little piece of fish all for about 20 euros each. Not the tastiest meal I've ever had. I couldn't fault the breakfast though, you could have as much as you wanted and a wide choice was available. It cost 10-15 euros though, and personally I would have preferred to pay more for the room and have it all included.
Staff varied from the accommodating to the insolent. Most of them were perfectly nice but one particular female member of reception staff served us twice and was downright rude twice. Get rid of that aspect and there would be an improvement.
Noise was a problem with people shouting on the corridors up until 2am.
I would stay in this hotel again and recommend it to others.
Directions: nearest metro stop - Atocha Renfe
I would really appreciate if you could help me with the following:
1- First, what is the best way to get to Agumar Hotel, Paseo Reina Cristina 7
Madrid 28014 from the airport?
2- which place is the #1 among the must-see's in Madrid?
3- Is there a shop where we could buy good quality skiwear with reasonable prices? And what is the best Spanish skiwear brand in terms of quality?
Thanks a lot...
1- By metro (www.metromadrid.es): Take line 8 to Nuevos Ministerios, them, 6 to Pacífico, then 1 to Atocha-Renfe. Maybe there is another metro station closer but check it before. With the link, you can see the fastest way and you vcan even type the addresss of the hotel.
2-It all depends, if you like culture, Mueso del Prado; there are some more very close: Museo Reina Sofía, Thyssen and CaixaForum (this one, with temporary exhibitions and for free)
If not, stroll the city: Cibeles, Gran Vía, Puerta del Sol, Pplaza Mayor (and area), Palacio Real, Parque de El Retiro...
3- I can't help you, sorry.
For 1 - I did a TIP (my only Madrid tip ;-( for getting from ATOCHA station to the airport that worked for me. It meant in reverse order, taking the only Metro train from the airport to its destination at Nuevos Ministerios and then looking for the suburban train platform (CERCANIAS) to take an underground suburban train that takes around 8 minutes from Nuevos Ministerios to Atocha station costing €1.25. Leaving Atocha station you are within walking distance of your hotel which you can see clearly on Google Maps.
My Transport tip : http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/4ceb3/3ff84/9/
Of course you can take a Taxi from the airport to your hotel and depending on the time of day this may cost about €30 give or take.
The Metro is perfectly good but it does require 3 'legs' for Atocha.
For 2 - look at the Madrid pages on VT ?
For 3 - use Google and enter " esqui madrid " and you get many links that will give you some information.
#1 must see is the Prado, hands down. El Bosco (Bosch), El Greco, Valesquez, Goya, and for the most part very accessible. Then I would head over to the Reina Sophia for more contemporary art, Picasso's "Guernica", Dali, .. In the evening the city is alive and there is usually something interesting going at at Plaza Major. You got the scoop on the metro. The metro is great unless you have luggage and hit Madrid central during rush hour. Karl
There is one very special place in Madrid to add to the must-sees list, and that is casa Botín restaurant. Casa Botin is believed to be the oldest restaurant in the world, feeding customers uninterruptidly since the year 1725. Tradition tells that their wood fired oven dates back to the same date of 1725, and it is still very much in everyday use. More information -> www.botin.es
Thank You All
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