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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.
Went there on a Thursday evening and we were shocked by the thousands of tourists crowding this famous place. And who could blame them, including me and my wife?
How crowded was it the evening we visited? Think Times Square in New York on New Year’s Eve. O.K. that’s an exageration but you get the picture. As me and my...
Visited the Duchamps, Dalì & Magritte exhibition. Very good with lots of other excellent artists also on display. Very interesting. Very good value with free headsets. The actual palace is beautiful too.
This imposing building caught my attention once I arrived at Plaza Mayor. Its red facade is simple and elegant in architecture. The plaza is lively and crowded. There were many tourists and locals having drinks and snacks at the cafes and restaurants along the side of this beautiful building.
Yes, you do need to check online whether the palace is open the day before you go. You can go to Patriminonial Nacional website which is the gatekeeper of all the royal palaces in Spain, look under "Buy Tickets" and look closely at the calendar shown and see the color legend to check whether is palace is open or closed....
This was the best meal I had in Madrid. The food was delicious, the restaurant was charming and the service was exceptionally friendly. I ended up having 5 courses because I liked my Dad’s main (squid stew) and dessert (poached pears) so much that I had to order extra portions!! A super experience and if I’m ever in Madrid again...
Stumbled across this place after a very warm few hours at the palace. As someone that can’t eat milk this place was amazing! I think they had about 5 different flavours that were milk free. My boyfriend and I both had a mix of flavours- lemon and passion fruit and lemon and raspberry and they were both incredible. Didn’t taste...
It started with a dream. Dream to visit this restaurant that had been in our bucket list for ages.
We booked, waited for it, waited a little bit longer and then it came a reality. Everything and I mean absolutely everything was perfect or above.
The staff was very welcoming and I can surely say that they as well enjoyed...
Amazing Hotel facilities Perfectly located in the historical centerGreat service and high dedicated service.probably the best luxury Hotel in MadridGreat Gastronomic restaurant Fantastic roof top with poolthe room are just amazing with refined decoration.Bravo
All was great, the location is perfect specially when you have kids (7&3 years)
But the best of Room Mate Laura hotel is the staff, very helpful and fully dedicated
Thank you for making our stay wonderful
Hope to see you again
We had a great stay. The hotel is right in the heart of all the action off of The Puerta Del Sol . Lost to do and conveniently located for all we planned to do in the city. Chueca and Lavapies neighborhoods were within walking disance. The Metro was very close as well.
"Fantastic experience at Hyatt Centric, Gran Via, Madrid"
reviewed 1 week ago by obiomaelemba
We stayed at Hyatt Centric, Madrid with my family for a night on the last day of our 5days holidays in Barcelona and Madrid. Our expectations was exceeded. We were upgraded to the executive suite (at no extra charge) as the room I had reserved was not not big enough to contain the five of us. At the executive suite...
Comfortable and clean room with free mini bar drinks.
The location is within perfect walking distance to main attractions and surrounded by shops and restaurants.
Double window system kept the room very quiet.