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The tastefully decorated hotel in the shopping area is located in the Salamanca district of Madrid where you’ll find the best shopping in the Spanish capital. The property is serviced by a 24 hour reception and all en-suite rooms are air conditioned with coffee and tea making facilities, cable television and complimentary toiletries. If you need to catch up with work whilst you’re away, the hotel has a fully equipped business centre with fax and photocopying services, and if you’re bringing the children, the hotel also offers a babysitting service.
You’ll find some of Madrid’s most exclusive shops in the Salamanca district, particularly along the main avenues of Calle Serrano and Calle Velazquez, including Prada, El Corte Ingles department store and the ABC Serrano shopping centre. For the big names, Calle Jose Ortega y Gasset is home to Dior, Burberry and Chanel but if you’re after one off pieces and Spanish boutiques, the trendy area of Chueca is the place to go, and for the flagship Zara store head to Gran Via.
The Prado Museum is Madrid’s most visited art gallery, indeed many people go to Madrid simply to visit this national art gallery, containing not only one of the best collections of European Art but also the finest collection of Spanish Art in the world. Among the nearly 8,000 paintings, highlights include Raphael’s The Cardinal, Goya’s The Third of May 1808 in Madrid: the executions on Principe Pio hill and notable works by Velazquez, Rubens and Bosch. Nearby you’ll also find the Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums, giving the three the name of the golden triangle of art. The former houses 20th century works, mostly Spanish, whilst the latter fills in the gaps of the other two with works from England, Germany and the Netherlands and later pieces of the 20th century.
Although flamenco is actually a tradition from the south of Spain, in the Andalucía region, Madrid is home to one of the top flamenco venues in the world: the Corral de la Moreria. With fifty years of experience under its belt, the venue attracts some of the worlds best flamenco dancers. It’s definitely more of a tourist hangout, and the restaurant isn’t much to write home about, but if you’ve always wanted to see a flamenco show, this is the place to go. Opt for a late showing, and be sure to get a seat near the front! If you’re planning the show as part of a romantic evening, Algarabia is a cosy restaurant with impeccable service and hospitality. Serving Spanish cusine, it’s the perfect place to go to get you into the Spanish mood before seeing the show!