Madrid
Spain
By Deanna Niles McConnell

Madrid is the pumping heart of Spain, adored by travelers and native Madrilenos alike.  The thriving capital of the country, Madrid has exciting clubs, delicious cafes with churros con chocolate, and great art around every corner.  Madrid's bright spirit balances perfectly with the classic architecture and historic charm of the barrios.  With its vibrant energy, Madrid is for passionate travelers who can run on a brief siesta in between museums and castles during the day and dancing until dawn after the sun goes down.

Madrid's Barajas International Airport (MAD) runs frequent flights from other major world destinations.  By using WhatsCheaper.com, travelers can find budget flights to Madrid quickly and easily: (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php).  Going to and from the airport is easy with Madrid's exemplary public transit and subway system.  Arrival by train is very simple; trains from northern and southern destinations arrive at the Atocha or Chamartin stations.  WhatsCheaper.com has a great hotel finder, so when travelers arrive in Madrid they can go straight to a hotel in a great downtown location: (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

Some of the best artistic works in all of Europe can be found in Madrid.  Madrid is the home of the Golden Museum Triangle, which includes the Reina Sofia National Museum and Art Center, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum of Art and the Museo del Prado.  The Reina Sofia houses Madrid's largest modern art collection, while the Thyssen has a varied collection mixing contemporary art with classical pieces.  The jewel in the crown is the Prado, which contains masterfully executed and historically significant works by Bosch, Velazquez, Caravaggio, and El Greco.  Outside the museums, it is apparent that Madrid lives its art: the architecture of the Palacio de Telecomunicaciones (a fully functional post office) and the elegance of the Palacio Real and gardens are not to be missed.

Despite the shockingly modern transit system, Madrid is an equally fun city to wander by foot.  Strolling through the many plazas, like the Plaza Mayor, is a great way to feel the pulse of the Madrid (and get in some wonderful people-watching).  The Plaza Mayor is a good place to begin a walking tour of downtown Madrid, looping through Sol, Gran Via, and the fountains and drum circles of El Retiro.  A bit further away from downtown are the gay-friendly environs of Chueca, the youthful student neighborhood of Moncloa, and the avant-garde artistry of Tribunal.

Madrid by day is gorgeous and stimulating, but the city truly comes alive after the sun goes down.  An evening in Madrid begins just before midnight, with drinks and dancing at any one of the bars and clubs downtown.  Dress to impress at Kapital, a mega-club known throughout Europe for its seven stories of dancing and music.  In Sol, the Palacio Gaviria's 16th century theme blends with modern house music, or try any side street or corner pub throughout Sol for frenetic dancing and good times that last until dawn.

Though it is not as frequented as other European capitals, Madrid has the power to captivate any traveler.  With its attention to beauty and an unmistakable zest for living, vacationers who live passionately and travel in search of grand experiences will find nothing but wonder in Madrid.  By searching for hot deals, flights and hotels within your budget, WhatsCheaper.com will get you to that party in Madrid without breaking the bank.

MUST SEE IN Madrid LIST:

  • 1. Royal Palace of Madrid
  • 2. Prado Museum
  • 3. Retiro Park
  • 4. Queen Sofia Arts Center
  • 5. Bernabeau Stadium
  • 6. Royal Theater
  • 7. Plaza de Santa Ana
  • 8. Sorolla Museum
  • 9. Museum of the Americas
  • 10. Cerralbo Museum

Madrid EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Cabalgata de Reyes - January
  • 2. International Theatre Festival - March
  • 3. Jazz Festival - March
  • 4. Mozart Festival - April
  • 5. Madrid Day - May
  • 6. San Antonio de la Florida - June
  • 7. Verbenas - August
  • 8. Autumn Festival - September
  • 9. Christmas Fair - December
  • 10. Dia de los Inocentes - December

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Sheraton Madrid Mirasierra Hotel & Spa
Calle Alfredo Marquerie, 43 28034 Madrid, Spain
By Azure Hall

A mere ten minute trip from the Madrid Barajas International Airport, the Sheraton Madrid Mirasierra Hotel and Spa offers a wide range of amenities including a gourmet restaurant, high class fitness center, and three separate pools. The hotel is located in Mirasierra, an uptown suburb of Madrid in a new business district. Both centrally located and quietly hidden away from the night life of urban Madrid, this unique location offers something for everyone. WhatsCheaper.com is here to make this dream vacation a reality for you. Getting to and from the airport could not be more convenient than this. Painless and easy, this short commute will save you unnecessary stress and money. The Sheraton offers on-site parking as well as a 24-hour concierge service to answer any questions you may have regarding travel arrangements.

Every one of the 185 suites offered in the Sheraton Madrid Mirasierra Hotel and Spa comes equipped with a personal working area that connects to the in-suite Wi-Fi. All rooms also come standard with separate bed and living areas, walk-in dressing areas, separate bath tub and shower, and cable TV. Depending on your choice of the Deluxe, Junior, Club, Premium, or Executive suites, the list of additional conveniences include free drinks and access to The Sheraton Club Lounge. Take your pick of bed size; all rooms include the plush Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Bed.

While it may seem difficult to top the list of features offered by these wonderful suites, the Sheraton has really out done itself. No attention to detail has been overlooked when it comes to the health and wellness of the guests. Along with the fitness center there is a seasonal outdoor pool, a whirlpool, aerobic classes, massage treatments, and onsite personal trainers.

The Sheraton Madrid’s main claim to fame would have to be the spa. The Absara Spa has been renowned as one of the best Spas in Madrid. Imagine 1.300 square meters intended solely for relaxation. Services offered range from soothing rose quartz massages to invigorating sports massages. No vacation is complete without a day or two of pampering yourself. WhatsCheaper.com is ready to assist you with your reservation. Your dream vacation is only a few clicks away (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php). 

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Hilton Madrid Airport
Avenida de la Hispanidad 2-4, Madrid, Spain
By Shaina Amienyi

The Hilton Madrid Airport hotel is just minutes from the Madrid-Barajas International Airport (MAD) and downtown. Check-in is at 2pm and checkout is at noon. You should take advantage of the complimentary shuttle that transports guests to and from the airport from 5:30am to 1am. Getting around town from the hotel is easy. The shuttle bus takes guests to nearby attractions, and the hotel is in walking distance to Alameda de Osuna subway station.

You have the option of a guest room with twin beds or a king bed. The bedroom is a relaxing retreat complete with blackout curtains, a clock radio with mp3 connection, plasma TV, and mini bar. Bathrooms feature night lights, a separate bathtub and shower with a hand-held shower head, and a separate toilet area with a bidet. Housekeeping is available 24 hours.

Guests in suites get welcome amenities and a kitchenette in their rooms. Suites come with a separate living area and a beautifully designed marble bathroom. If you book a suite, you have access to the Executive Lounge, where they serve complimentary drinks and refreshments. Executive/deluxe rooms are feature upgraded amenities that include complimentary access to the fitness facility, a dining area, a chaise lounge and floor-to-ceiling windows.

There are three dining options. La Plaza is open for breakfast and lunch from 6am to 4pm. For dinner, visit Reserva Grill, open from 7pm to 11pm. Reserva specializes in grilled foods, especially meat and fish. Ferrum Bar, open from 11am to 1am, also serves dinner as well as tapas, wine, and cocktails. You can order room service 24-hours a day from any of these restaurants.

The Hilton is a great place for corporate travelers. Its business center contains up-to-date technology including a video phone and video messaging equipment. There is a fax, printer, and modem, as well as express mail, photo copying, and secretarial services. You can rent office space and audio/visual equipment. With over 15 meeting rooms, the hotel can accommodate small meetings and large events with up to 500 people.

Exercise at the fitness center. Swim in the hydrotherapeutic pool. Go on a sightseeing tour. There is so much to do at the Hilton Madrid Airport. The vast recreation and dining options as well as the world-class services and accommodations are sure to delight guests. Book your stay at this hotel by following the link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to WhatsCheaper.com.

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Westin Palace, Madrid
Plaza de las Cortes, 7, Madrid, Spain
By Doree Simon

The Westin Palace, Madrid is the ultimate imperial experience for visitors in this capital city of Spain. Its spectacular stained glass dome sits atop 467 luxurious guest rooms, and the exceptional hotel staff provides visitors with 24-hour service from booking dinner reservations to ordering room service to check-in at 2 p.m. and check-out at 12 p.m.

The Westin Palace, Madrid is within walking distance from some of Madrid’s most famous attractions including the Prado Museum, Plaza Mayor, Botanical Gardens, Buen Retiro Park, and shopping at Gran Via, Puerta Del Sol. Many of the city’s popular sporting stadiums, golf courses and best tapas restaurants are also in the area.

This pet friendly hotel has accommodations that make anyone comfortable. Guests can get pampered at the hotel’s beauty and barber shop or have a delicious meal at the hotel’s delicious restaurants, The Rotonda, Asia Gallery, Palace Bar, and even Starbucks.

The 24-hour rooftop gym provides guests with state-of-the-art equipment, TVs, a sauna, and an outdoor terrace with snacks, beverages, and spectacular views of the square, the Jeronimos Royal Monastery and park.

Each room at the Westin Palace, Madrid comes standard with cozy bathrobes, high-tech telephones, plush bedding, individual climate control, an electronic safe, high-speed internet access, and more amenities. Guests can upgrade to one of the hotel’s regal suites and enjoy ornate décor, a small library, marble fireplaces, a jacuzzi tub, and a fully-equipped kitchen.

Business travelers staying at the Westin will enjoy easy access to the nearby corporate offices of Coca Cola, Citibank, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and other international companies. They also have access to fifteen meeting rooms with audio/visual equipment and a Virtual Meeting Planner.

This hotel was commissioned in 1912 by King Alfonso XIII and has recently been restored with modern accents and world-class amenities. For guests that was a royal treatment on their visit to Madrid, just click here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to let WhatsCheaper.com help you book your next stay at the Westin Palace, Madrid.

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