I Hotel Madrid

Virgilio 4, Ciudad de la Imagen, Pozuelo de Alarcon, 28223, Spain

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Crowne Plaza Hotel-Madrid City...

by lilcoqui

Crowne Plaza Hotel-Madrid City Centre
123.18EUR**,per night,plus tax Two Single Beds.
Beds were as big as Doubles and were placed right next to each other.
Room was as big as a Junior suite with a sitting room area. Full service hotel with a friendly and helpful staff.
Walking distance to numerous restaurants and metro station. The view to the Plaza is worth waking up to.

I have not personally stayed...

by CorvetteChic

I have not personally stayed at this Hotel, but I hear that it's THE place to stay while visiting Madrid!

THE RITZ - Le Maridien

Early in the 20th century, King Alfonso XIII returned from his travels in Europe with his mind filled with memories of the roses and mirrors that decorated the Royal Palaces of the wonderful cities he had visited. The young King had been royally entertained throughout the Old World -- a procession of fountains, parks, royal suites, blue skies -- and had brought back with him new ideas and projects for his capital.

Madrid had always been a city of an intense vitality, noble buildings, wide and brilliant 'plazas', and exquisite gardens but, somehow, it lacked something. The King was the first to realise how much his capital would gain by the addition of a hotel of the same category as the Ritz in Paris or the Carlton in London, and he wasted no time in putting his ideas into practice. He truly believed Madrid should provide something really exceptional; a hotel to satisfy the tastes of the most distinguished and discerning among this ever increasing new type of traveller, then, only just beginning to be called tourists.

The King's inspiration began to become a reality. The construction of the Ritz had begun -- large, bright and comfortable -- with the backing of the Ritz Development Company who, from the very first proposal, drew up the necessary plans.

The architects were Monsieur Charles Mewes of Paris and don Luis de Landecho of Madrid. Various contractors were engaged to prepare the site, the first among them being don Tomas Torres. Soon, the walls rose above the acacias elms and cedars of the Prado. The Company was officially registered before the Notary don Antonio Turon y Bosea on July 27th 1908 and, on the same day, the first Board of Directors was appointed led by Marques de Guadalmina, The very first meeting of council was celebrated on June 29th 1908, and the first meeting of the shareholders was on April 4th 1909.

The last word in comfort those days consisted in providing four or five bathrooms on each floor, the rest of the rooms were equipped with wash-basins as well as the jugs and glasses in vogue at that time. There was one telephone on every floor in a cabin next to the lift, which was also regarded as a supreme example of luxurious modernity.

The formal opening of the new hotel took place on October 2nd 191 0, being present the King and other members of the Royal Family.

Since that day the history of the Ritz Hotel Madrid is a reflection of the history of Spain. Its salons, terraces and gardens have seen a steady stream of prominent personalities, both Spanish and foreign. Its warm and luxurious rooms, have hosted Kings, Prime Ministers, international diplomats, generals, ambassadors, writers, aristocrats ... All the great ones of the world, by right of lineage, of spirit or achievement, have at one time or another passed through its doors.

George's Marquet, founder of the Palace Hotels in both Brussels and Madrid, and his son joined the Board of Directors of the Hotel Ritz on November 27th 1926. The son became Chairman on June 16th 1932 and, since then, assisted in turn by his son, George's Marquet Delina, had complete control over the Ritz.

During a short period of time, a Bank Consorcio managed by Mr. Masso, was the leading head of the company. Back in 1982, Forte Hotel Company acquired the Ritz entering this international hotelier group. Not until 1995, when Forte merged with Meridien, did the Ritz became one of the luxurious establishment embrace by this prestigious company.

While always conserving its own individual style, the Ritz has yet moved with the times and, year after year, improvements have been made to continue to provide the best possible service as well as outstanding facilities. The Hotel Ritz is one of Madrid’s most exclusive addresses. It offers first class service in a setting of warmth and comfort. Special care and attention are given to every detail in order to satisfy all client’s needs.

Here guests are mere steps from Retiro Park, Teatro de la Zarzuela and the three most important museums: The Prado, The Thyssen Bornemisza and the Centro de Arte Moderno Reina Sofía.

Palace Hotel Madrid

by ger4444

at the other side of the Plaza Canovas there is the Palace hotel which is way more impressive then the ordinary mundane Ritz. The palace hotel traditionally used to be more informal compared to the Ritz. As ties and tuxidos were dress code at the Riz and royalties exclusively were the avarage type of guests overthere, the palace originally opened its door also for non-guests that is visitors and common poeple. Though Palace was nonetheless less luxurious and charming it attracted the artists nouveu riches and politicians amoongst whom Mata Hari, Kissinger, Welles, David Bowie Dali (who ebven in a drunken mood painted naked girls on the wall of his room) or Micael Jackson. The Palace bar and the Rotunda hall are very impressive to see.

A beautiful city

by jwilliams2005

Madrid, the capital of Spain is 646 meters above sea level and has a population of over 3 million people. The origin of Madrid date back to the times of Arab, Emir Mohamed I (852-886). In my opinion the artistic architectual splendor of Madrid and will captivate your senses.

The El Prada museum is the largest art gallery in the world. It exhibits drawings, coins, sculptures and other arifacts. It houses over 8,600 pantings, but can only exhibit 2,00 because of space restrictions. It is currently under expansion and renovation. The history of the Prada museum during the reign of Charles II, when he tried to create a single art collection under one roof. But, it was not unt the reign of Fernando VII when the Royal Museum of Painting and Sculpture was created, on November 19, 1819. The Prada Art museum was located a short distance from my Hotel.

Madrid is also famous for its lances and horsemanship. This picture was taken across the street from the Prada museum, in an artifacts store.


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Forum Posts

Hilton Hotel Madrid to City Center

by tonkoponko

Hello Friends,

We are staying at Hilton Madrid for two days, and we wanted to know how to get to the city center using a Metro. Is a metro station close to Hilton, and if yes, how long does it take to get to the city center.

Please advise.

Re: Hilton Hotel Madrid to City Center

by qaminari

I take it this is the Hilton at the airport? You could use the courtesy bus to get to the airport, and take the metro from there, or walk there in 10-15 mins (stop is Barajas, on line 8). Of, from the Plenilunio shopping centre, you can take bus (EMT) 77 to Canillejas metro station on line 5 - google for Madrid metro map.

Re: Hilton Hotel Madrid to City Center

by tonkoponko

We are planning to arrive from Granada at Atocha Station at 11:00 pm. We were wondering what would be the safest way back to Hilton hotel next to the airport. Should we tale metro or take a taxi? how much will it cost to take a taxi?

Please advise.

Best Western Trafalgar Hotel


Does anyone know this hotel?

Best Western Trafalgar Hotel Madrid
Trafalgar 35
28010 Madrid

Is it good? and is it very far from city center and Metro station?

Thanks a lot for your help.

Re: Best Western Trafalgar Hotel

by SirRichard

Haven't been there, but I know the place. A bit far from the city centre, you would have to take the Metro/bus to visit the main tourist attractions. The nearest stops are "Quevedo" (line 2) and "Iglesia" (line 1). Both go directly to "Sol", the very centre of Madrid.
You can see a map of the metro at:

Enjoy Madrid!

Hotel Name - Is it on the List?

by grandmaR

We stayed in the Eco Alcalá Suites, Santa Leonor, 24, 28037 Madrid

The closest I can get to this in the hotel list is NH Alcala Hotel Madrid. I think that is at ALCALA 66 Madrid, 28009 ES

It doesn't seem to be the same hotel.

It the hotel I stayed at on the VT list?

If so, what is it called on the list?

In either case, how can I change my tip to the correct location? Every time I try, it just goes back to NH Alcala Hotel. Do I have to delete my tip and re-enter it?

Re: Hotel Name - Is it on the List?

by leics

I don't know if it is the same hotel, though it seems unlikely.

But you can easily make a tip about hotels which are not on the VT list. Just choose the 'No, subject not in this list' option and you will get the templet, and can enter the appropriate details yourself.

If you chooce the NH Alcala option if wil automatically default back to that hotel's details.

Re: Hotel Name - Is it on the List?

by leics

*template*! :-)

Re: Hotel Name - Is it on the List?

by grandmaR

Thank you, but I'm having trouble changing from 'NH Alcala' to 'not on this list'. I change it and it looks OK and I save it, but as soon as it is saved, it has reverted right back to the original location.

Do I have to wait 24 hours until I see the change, or do I have to delete and re-enter the tip?

Re: Hotel Name - Is it on the List?

by leics

I think what you see when it's saved it what will be there in 24 hours.

So it may be a glitch.

I think you should delete and start again entirely rather than just edit the tip, as any reversion will be inherent & fixed once you have started building from that template (does that makes sense?).

Try not putting the whole hotel name in the 'name' box. Put it in the main text instead. Put 'central suites' or something in the name box.

If that saves without reverting you'll know it's a glitch linked to the keyword 'alcala'. If it doesn't, you know it's either a glitch related to the address, or to that bit of VT. In either case, a note to feedback might be worthwhile.

Re: Hotel Name - Is it on the List?

by grandmaR

Yuk. I hate to redo the tip.

I don't think it is the name Alcala. I've had this problem before with other tips

Re: Hotel Name - Is it on the List?

by leics

How odd. It's not something that's ever happened to me.

I've just lied, made a Madrid page and made a tip using the name and address you've given (deleted now, obviously).

Worked fine for me: no change of name/address.

I think you'll have to make a complete new tip from the beginning; seems like the reversion may well be linked to the original template choice.

Re: Hotel Name - Is it on the List?

by grandmaR

In the past, I've been able to move a tip to a new location and the template name was erased. It's not the case anymore. The name stays with it even when I moved it to Gibralter.

Re: Hotel Name - Is it on the List?

by leics

Very weird.........

Travel Tips for Madrid

old style

by zumodemango about Nuevo Cafe Barbieri

This cafe is very old, with big colums and big mirrors, the "sofas" are velvet red, and chairs in old wood. I love this place!
Sometimes they have live concerts in the new part of the cafe, check there.
Fantastic teas and with the beers they serve olives. Also drinks at night.


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