When our flight to New York was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy we didn't have much time to sort out another trip to save us going back home! We booked flight and hotel with lastminute.com and arrived in Madrid just 14 hours later! We were not disappointed. The hotel is gorgeous and the staff could not have been more helpful - special mention to the fabulous maintenance man who speedily sorted out a problem with our safe. The room wasn't large but was very clean and comfortable and really stylishly decorated - we loved it!! We didn't have breakfast but this gave us the opportunity to eat breakfast at local restaurants, look out for Museo del Jamon - brilliant! The hotel is in a brilliant location, very central and within walking distance of many attractions. We were on the 6th floor and although on a busy street we heard little noise. There is a fantastic roof terrace giving great views of the city.
There is free wi-fi in the reception area and in various hot spots but a cable connection in your room is available anyway. Contrary to another reviewer's report, internet was totally reliable.
It is worth doing the city bus tour, €25 for 2 days. There are so many things to see and do, our favourites were people watching with a jug of Tinto Verano on Plaza Mayor, Royal Palace, Reina Sofia Museum and just wandering about taking in the atmosphere. An absolute must do is a visit to the Mercado San Miguel which is close to Plaza Mayor. We spent 2 fantastic evenings here, sampling all kinds of fantastic food with wine and cava!
Because we booked the trip last minute we didn't have time to organise transfers. We paid €87 for a return taxi transfer - a shared shuttle with resorthoppa.com would have cost €37. The metro is even cheaper but may be a bit of a pain with cases, there is also an airport bus from Atocha Train Station if you can be bothered getting down there with luggage.
Madrid is a wonderful city, we will certainly return. The Vincci Via 66 will definitely be our first choice of hotel too!
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- Also Known As:
- Vincci Via 66
- Vincci Hotel Madrid