Mindanao Hotel

Paseo San Francisco De Sales, Madrid, Madrid, 28003, Spain
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Where to stay to be close???

by Susumarie

HELP! I am working on a trip to Spain, first stop being Madrid. We are starting at the airport there and will be leaving from the Atocha train station. I am trying to pick an appropriate hotel that will be in a good area, central to main spots to visit and/or bus stops, and closer to the train station, as we will be trying to make the most of our time there, then rushing for the train to leave town in the evening.
I get VERY confused when the hotel descriptions start talking about "north Madrid", "central", etc. Please help direct me to the section (we don't name our cities in sections so much) I want to stay in. In Sevilla, I found maps that showed the things I wanted to hit, plus the train station, so it made it nice trying to land. Can't seem to find such for Madrid!

Re: Where to stay to be close???

by AsturArcadia

Reasonably cheap and overlooking Atocha railways station - Hotel Mercator.

On the more expensive side, a short walk from Atocha, down hill southwards - Hotel Carlton.

Check out their websites.

Outside Madrid - up in the Sierra de Guadarrama at Cercedilla, investigate Hotel Longinos, a stone's throw from the RENFE station. In Cercedilla village there are still restaurants which do cheap lunchtime menus for under ten euros or thereabouts!

Cheap travel - buy an Abono Turístico Regional de Transportes - valid for train, bus, metro, tram. One day for metropolitan area 5.20 Euros, for whole of Comunidad de Madrid 10.40 euros. Versions for 2, 3, 5 and 7 days also available. From stations, newspaper kiosks, tourist offices. May come with a useful information pack, including map.

Re: Where to stay to be close???

by Susumarie

I'm sure impressed with the quick reply! With the thought of city transportation, I have seen internet offers for passes for: buses and subway, no RENFE, Zone A & T, 2 days $28, 3 days $37; then for "tourist ticket", Zone A (which covers Metro, EMT, & Cerceinias-RENFE, 2 days 8.80, 3 days 11.60 (not clear whether that is USD or Euros, but with the period, I am guessing it is USD)
Would that be as good/better than the transportation you talked about?

Re: Where to stay to be close???

by Roadquill

You can buy a metro ticket for ten trips. That is all you will need for 3 days. As to finding a hotel in Madrid, take your Madrid map out, draw a line from the Prado to the Palace and then up to Gran Via, follow Gran Via to Banco Espana and then down to the Prado. Any place in this semi triangle is center to most things. The metro system is great so you can get anyplace. I like the area around Gran Via and usually take a hotel on Gran Via. The Emperador has a roof top pool which is nice after hitting the sites all day. The problem with Gran Via is that if you venture a block North you will run into druggies and prostitutes. Upper end shopping, restaurants and hotels will be in the Salamanca district, just North of Parc Retiro (see metro Goya). I like the area a lot, but for some reason have not stayed there. Let us know if you have any more Q's. Karl

Re: Where to stay to be close???

by monicarc

We enjoyed staying at the Hostal Aguilar on San Jeronimo--huge room w/bathroom and (at least in 2006) was a great deal--close to everything (plaza santa ana, puerta del sol--which is a main metro interchange station)

Re: Where to stay to be close???

by Susumarie

Y'all are great (that's okie for everyone... ;)

Travel Tips for Madrid

The King and his Architects

by DanielF

King Charles III, an illustrate despot, is called Madrid's best mayor. Together with his favourite architects, Francis Sabatini and John of Villanueva, he shaped the city in the second half of the 18th city, modernizing and endowing it with stately boulevards and buildings worth of the category of an imperial capital. He acceded to the Spanish throne only after his brother Ferdinand VI died without offspring. Previously, he had to abdicate the thrones of Naples and Sicily, kingdoms that he had ruled benevolently if despotically: he initiated there a number of modernizing reforms and acquired a taste for architecture and arts and an interest for classical history, the Roman cities of Herculaneum and Pompeii being re-discovered under his reign.

Upon his arrival to Spain, he continued with his reformation and modernization program and forged the Spanish national identity in the terms that we still currently know: under his reign both the national anthem and flag were adopted.

One of his major worries was the modernization of Madrid, so far an insalubrious town which had grown with little regard to planning and totally lacked of grand buildings and monuments. He built a proper sewage system, introduced public lighting and projected many of the buildings and institutions that are still today the city's landmarks, including the Prado Museum and the Alcala Gate.

For doing that, he counted on two of the architects who, thanks to their prolific work, have contributed to a greater extent to Madrid's current appearance. Juan de Villanueva, in particular, is considered as the best representative in Spain of the neoclassical style. He worked in several buildings in El Escorial, where he was highly influenced by Juan de Herrera's austere style, but he is mostly known for his works in Madrid, including the Prado Museum, the Academy of History, and the Astronomical Observatory. He is even responsible for the current look of the Plaza Mayor, which was rebuilt after a fire in 1790. His project included the monumental arcades that surround the precinct, the homogenization of the height of the buildings and the picturesque Knivers Arch. In these works, also Francesco Sabatini collaborated. Born in Italy, where he became the King's favorite architect, he was brought to Spain to complete the works of the Royal Palace and remained there for the rest of his life, working in many of Madrid's most significant buildings, where he showed a deep influence by the works of the Italian Renaissance architects. Apart from his interventions in the Royal Palace and the Plaza Mayor, he is particularly famous for the Alcala Gate, the city's landmark, but he also planned the city's sewage system, built the Royal Customs House and completed the Saint Francis Basilica, one of the grandest temples in the city.


by eden_teuling

In Spain (especially in the big cities and towns) it is normal not to have breakfast at home but to go to a breakfast bar.

There the men (most are men who go there before going to their offices etc.) will order CHURROS.

These are thick STICKS made of a mixture of oil and flour and deep fried........ohhhhhhh they are so fat and it feels as if you have a stone in your stomach, especially because they dip them in very strong coffee or very strong chocolate........

How people behave you can see in the photo I took there while listening to the raindrops and wanting to continue walking EL RASTRO, the FLEA MARKET.

Planetario de Madrid (Madrid Planetarium)

by marielexoteria

I like space so the planetarium was on my agenda. It was nice to see but unfortunately those who don't speak Spanish miss everything because all the available information, films, etc. are in Spanish and without subtitles or translations. However, if you enjoy astronomy and space you might want to give it a chance as it has free admission. I particularly enjoyed one of their experiment machines, where you were to balance 2 weights by moving the "rod" far enough so that the weights are balanced. Very nice!

Practical info: Free admission.
Address: Avenida del Planetario, 16, Parque Tierno Galván.
Access: Nearest metro and commuter train station: Méndez Alvaro.

Shopping In A Train Station

by ALANinWORCS69 about Principe Pio Shopping mall

A large shopping mall adjacent to the train station of the same name. in fact the mall lies in what was once part of the station.
All the usual chains are here; H&M, Monsoon, Pimkie, Footlocker etc. Great if the outside temp is to high as it's air conditioned and very cool in here.

pleasant pub close to Puerta del Sol

by jorgejuansanchez about Irish pubs

One of the most popular Pubs close to Puerta del Sol is LA FONTANA DE ORO. In the past was a kind of cenacle, like Rabelais’ Abbey of Theleme, where gathered our intellectuals of the XIX century. The Pub is renowned due to the novel with its title by our literature genius Benito Perez Galdos. One plaque in the façade of this pub reminds this fact. Today is a very pleasant pub with lively music serving Spanish and Irish beers, Sherry wines and cocktails, very frequented by Spaniards and foreigners alike, especially Americans staying in the Hotel Paris. Nearby is PLAZA DE SANTA ANA with many pubs and one Hawaii Kai. PALACIO DE CRISTAL is a lovely cafeteria/pub with piano music located in the sidewalk of the Boulevard Recoletos. A glamorous one In the Gran Via is CHICOTE, where you will notice fixed on its walls hundreds of photographs of famous personages who visited Madrid in the past, from Presidents of USA to renowned Italian movie actresses.


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