A great base to explore everything that Madrid has to offer, with sumptuous guest rooms to return to after a busy days sightseeing. Each en-suite room benefits from a high speed internet connection, cable television and a safe with laptop capacity so you can lock away your valuables with peace of mind. If you’re visiting with children, cots and cribs are available on request, and business guests can also take advantage of the onsite business centre. If you’re arriving by air, this modern hotel in front of Royal Palace offers an airport shuttle service for added convenience, and with a 24 hour reception staff will be more than happy to help you in any way they can during your stay.
It can be hard finding things to do as a family during city breaks, but Madrid has several options to keep younger ones occupied. The Madrid Zoo and Aquarium is the obvious choice for most families. Situated in one of the city’s best loved parks, the Casa de Campo, animal lovers can get up close and personal to koala bears, penguins and even Bengal tigers! Teenagers might be more interested in watching one of the famous flamenco shows of the city. Head to Corral de la Moreria for world class performers and a buzzing atmosphere where you can sip on sangria and enjoy an evening of entertainment. For playgrounds, head to Plaza de Oriente or lose yourselves in the maze at Sabatini next to the Royal Palace.
Art lovers and intellectuals will be right at home in Madrid. Immerse yourself in the diversity of art galleries, with everything from Goya to Lichtenstein on offer and poke your head in at the Museum of the Americas to discover more about pre-Columbian life in the Americas through a range of ceramics, textiles and priceless treasures. For dinner, book a table at the world’s oldest restaurant El Sobrino de Botin. Dating back over 300 years, this incredible restaurant has had a whole host of people walk through its doors, from Hemingway to Spanish royalty. Museo Chicote has been the intellectual hangout for the last 60 years- and it helps they serve a mean margarita!
For shopping, head to the Salamanca district, known for its designer stores. You’ll also find the flagship Zara store here- and with prices considerably cheaper than the UK there’s never been a better excuse to indulge! Madrid is also renowned for its flea markets, and first timers should head to El Rastro for the full experience. You’ll be able to pick up records, books, flowers and furs and have fun haggling at the price!