Courtesy of Hotwire, unforgettable city breaks to the effervescent Spanish capital of Madrid needn’t cost the earth. The Ciudad de la Imagen district, just southwest of the vibrant city centre, is the epitome of Madrid’s entertainment and television culture; and this superb 4* Hot Rate Hotel is at its heart. The ideal choice for both business guests and city breakers, this hotel features an exclusive business centre comprising of several fully-equipped meeting rooms and free Wi-Fi internet, as well as a highly regarded restaurant and tennis courts for sporting enthusiasts. Friendly and helpful hotel staff are on hand 24 hours a day at reception to offer guests free secure parking, laundry service and a host of other convenient amenities.
The Ciudad de la Imagen, or simply ‘Image City’, is Madrid’s equivalent of Hollywood’s famed Studio City. Occupied by the national headquarters of Spain’s main broadcasters and film companies, Image City is a hub of creative activity and a magnet for Spanish celebrities and film stars. This elite area is served by the Ciudad de la Imagen, José Isbert and Film City metro stations as well as several bus routes which enable hotel guests to reach the capital within a matter of minutes.
This exceptional Hot Rate hotel enjoys a convenient location just a few minutes’ drive from one of Madrid’s premier tourist and leisure attractions, the Casa de Campo. Formerly a hunting estate owned by the Spanish royal family, this vast 1,700 hectare park is now open for the public to escape the thrill of the metropolis. Filled with idyllic fountains, statues, hidden gardens and a large lake with rowing boat hire, the park is the perfect retreat for both couples and families during the sunnier summer months.
Also part of the Casa de Campo’s grounds is the popular Madrid Zoo and Aquarium. Boasting over 500 species of animals and one of the only zoos in the world to house Giant Pandas, the zoo is a must-see for families. Other animals exhibited include dolphins, koala bears, gorillas and orang-utans, and children can even interact with some animals directly in the Petting Zoo.
Madrid’s historic city centre is home to some of the most celebrated architecture in the world and because of this, it enjoys its status as one of Europe’s most popularly visited cities. Tourists are strongly recommended to pay a visit to the vast Palacio Real, Plaza Mayor, Puerta de Alcala and Almudena Cathedral.