Although this large metropolis sprawls for miles across its perch on the central plateau of the Iberian Peninsula, the intriguing historic center, where many Madrid hotels are located, is compact and easily managed on foot. With winding medieval streets, grand neoclassical monuments, large public gardens, and incredible museums, Old Madrid has it all. A vibrant café culture and legendary nightlife perfectly compliment the daytime activities.
Staying in Madrid's Neighborhoods
Many of the luxury hotels in Madrid are found in Chamberí and Salamanca, two fashionable districts just north of downtown. Close to the sprawling 350-acre Retiro Park, these neighborhoods also offer easy access to the famed Prado museum, with its Goyas and El Grecos, as well as the Picassos and Dalís of the Reina Sofia Museum. Soccer fans will want to catch a match at the nearby Real Madrid futból stadium.
Many mid-range and Madrid cheap hotels are clustered around the Plaza Mayor, the city's huge public square, as well as the Puerta del Sol, a busy plaza surrounded by boutiques and restaurants and the spot known as the geographical center of Spain. From here you can easily visit important monuments, churches, and the opulent Royal Palace as well as dine in some of the city's liveliest tapas bars.