The perfect base for a relaxing trip to Madrid, this hip and trendy hotel and spa will impress from the moment you arrive. Take advantage of the free airport shuttle and the range of first class facilities on offer. Corporate travellers will have the business centre at their disposal, equipped with meeting and conference rooms as well as offering translation and secretarial services. For leisure, the hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, a wellness centre offering massages and a fully equipped gym. If you don’t feel like venturing out during the evening, the hotel has a spectacular restaurant and cosy lobby bar but staff can also arrange theatre tickets. Expect plush guest rooms, equipped with cable television, a microwave oven and a living area. With connecting rooms also available, the hotel is a great option for groups of friends or families.
It’s always good to immerse yourself in the culture of a city, and what better way than through food and drink. Vermouth is the capitals best loved tipple, and most bars will serve this tasty beverage on tap. La Taberna de Corps and Bodegas Riclas both serve delicious tapas and vermouth on tap but for somewhere more traditional, Casa Antonio is one of the oldest vermouth bars in Madrid. Ham is eaten in huge quantities throughout Spain, and the Iberian black acorn fed pigs are said to be worth more than their weight in gold. The Ham Museum (with a few branches dotted about) welcomes hungry visitors to its bar and restaurant where they can sample various types- who knew there were so many varieties of ham!
Fans of Goya will be in their element in Madrid. Begin at the Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida where you can see the artist’s frescoes before heading to the Prado to see one of the largest collections of his works. The Museo del Biblioteca Nacional also contains some of the artists drawings and there are further works in the Museo de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando.
Madrid is home to a range of beautiful parks and gardens, and whatever the time of year, they make an ideal option for a romantic stroll. The Retiro Park spreads over 350 acres and includes sculptures, a lake and galleries. Events and concerts often take place in the park, so it’s worth asking your hotel what’s on during your stay. If you’re with children, try and catch one of the puppet shows that take place near the lake.