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Royal Theater

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Address: Plaza de Isabel II, Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: 91-516-0600
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Madrid - Spain - Royal Theatre - Wonderful building in a pretty impressive location

I admired this building from an architectural viewpoint and believe it is a wonderful part of Madrid's architectural heritage. Standing overlooking the Plaza de Isabel one way and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Gateshead, England

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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90 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was only there for a tour but it was well worth it! I actually went on the Spanish version of the tour (I'm only about 50% fluent) but the tour guide found out from my friends that I spoke mainly English so she would explain everything in Spanish and give me the quick but informative English version (which she... More 

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Gateshead, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I admired this building from an architectural viewpoint and believe it is a wonderful part of Madrid's architectural heritage. Standing overlooking the Plaza de Isabel one way and the Royal Palace the other this is a wonderful building to take time to gaze at. A solid form located exactly where needed for royals and Madrid citizens alike. Lit up at... More 

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Kensington, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Unable to get good seats for a performance while in Madrid, we opted for one of the tours of the opera house. It is indeed beautiful, on a par with some of the other great opera houses in Europe. There is also a technical tour which would have been most interesting, but requires advance arrangements, and we were unable to... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

I was lucky enough to attend a performance of 'La Traviata' in the gorgeous Teatro Real. The theatre is ornate and beautiful and I enjoyed sitting in the circular room, looking at all of the detailed decorations.

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Park City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

When working in Madrid I attempted to purchase tickets to an upcoming opera but they were all sold out for performances during the week I was there. Instead I booked a tour of the opera house and was deeply delighted to walk along with many others as we strolled through lovely galleries, up beautiful stairs, and into the house where... More 

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West Hollywood, California
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150 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This is a beautiful Opera House. The acoustics are excellent, and the production of La Traviata that I saw last week was superb. I would strongly recommend purchasing a ticket ahead of time,, because it was completely sold out, and I was only able to purchase one from somebody who had a guest who did not show up.

1 Thank Jonathan V
Tula, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Perfectly situated for public transport, easily accessible, friendly and helpful staff, interval tapas were tasty and not expensive, a wonderful experience. We were there for the Opera and with reasonably priced tickets had an excellent view.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We were looking forward to the Death in Venice performance in this marvellous theatre. The ballet was absorbing, a wonderful production. The principal dancers were astonishing, sustained over a couple of hours. The theatre is gorgeous. Over numerous floors it is highly ornate. At the interval we walked around including to the highest levels. From here the views are well... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

Have seen the ballet and opera here. A nice venue and efficient ticketing system. The productions I have seen here were very good. You can buy tickets in advance online and there are good discounts for under 26s.

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Hong Kong, China
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This theater is nothing special compared to any other theaters in major European cities. Yet, the staff are offensively impolite. If you want to spend your money and be treated like dirt, this is a place to spoil your vacation.

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Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street performers, colorful lights, window shopping, restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a collection of plazas interconnected by a network of side streets. Some of these side streets are wide pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.
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