Design hotel in the centre of Madrid – 4 star – Madrid

This design hotel in the centre of Madrid is nearby to top attractions and sights such as the Royal theatre and Thyssen Museum. Guest rooms have recently been refurbished, with chic décor and modern comforts. They benefit from free internet access as well as a flat screen cable television, climate control and private bathroom with complimentary toiletries. If you need anything extra during your stay, do not hesitate to pop down to the 24 hour reception, where you’ll also be able to arrange car rental, currency exchange and valet laundry.

For anyone interested in art, the Prado Museum is an absolute must. Containing the worlds best collection of Spanish Art, visitors can see famous works by the likes of Goya and Velazquez as well as other European painters including Rubens and Bosch. The gallery first opened its doors in 1819 and today is one of the most visited art galleries in the world. The Royal Palace is another must for those seeking culture. Not only is it the largest royal palace in Western Europe, but its informative tour is a fascinating insight into royal life. The surrounding gardens with mazes and wandering peacocks also make a pretty place for a picnic.

For dinner, El Sobrino de Botin is the worlds oldest restaurant at a staggering 300 years old and counting! Famous diners have included Hemingway and Spanish royalty, and today diners enjoy the ambience and history as much as the traditional Spanish fare, including suckling pig. Hemingway fans can even do a bar crawl of his frequented haunts. Begin at Museo Chicote, a favourite of Spanish intellects from the past 60 years, before enjoying a beer in the right rear hand corner of Ceveceria Alemana (the exact spot he reserved daily). For pud, indulge your sweet tooth at Antigua Pastileria del Pozo, dating back to 1830, and serving beautifully presented cakes and confectionary.

Shopaholics should head to the Salamanca district, where they can indulge in a mix of designer and highstreet favourites such as Zara, Dolce and Gabanna and Chanel. Don’t forget that Spanish brands such as Zara and Mango are much cheaper in Spain than the UK- a good excuse to stock up! Madrid is best known however for its footwear when it comes to fashion, with two major shoe factories in nearby Valencia and Alicante. Head to Augusto Figueroa in Chueca where you can buy factory samples from a range of outlets.