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mila19
06-03-2012, 11:45 AM
Yes Jenya, tell us about the fantasies you have with regards to Madrid :D
Tinami, she's staying here (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g187514-d206971-Reviews-NH_Abascal-Madrid.html) which is where I stayed in once, 27-31 of July :)

Jenya
06-03-2012, 11:52 AM
Yes Jenya, tell us about the fantasies you have with regards to Madrid :D
Tinami, she's staying here (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g187514-d206971-Reviews-NH_Abascal-Madrid.html) which is where I stayed in once, 27-31 of July :)

Actually, I changed my reservation and now I'm staying at Hotel Atlantico. :lol: http://www.hotelatlantico.es/es/home/ They had a great offer for 4 nights. :)

Tinami, I want to make sure that this is a good/safe location and easy for accessing the major sights. I do plan on taking a day trip to Toledo, but other than that I have no firm plans yet other than sightseeing in Madrid.

mila19
06-03-2012, 12:20 PM
Oh I remember that building, j'adore the cupola ...there's a well stocked Zara under it :lol: and near there's Calle Fuencarral <3 shopping wise cause there's a Mango outlet lol. Did you get it with Trivago? It is very noisy though if the room faces the Gran Via.
It's is very central btw. It's near Puerta del Sol, Calle Toledo where the nice espadrilles are and Plaza Mayor also near the Cibeles Palace. :)

Jenya
06-03-2012, 06:11 PM
Tinami (and anyone else), do you recommend Toledo or Sevilla for a daytrip from Madrid? I was planning on Toledo but mila is convincing me that Sevilla would be better. :D

kwanfan1818
06-03-2012, 06:35 PM
Seville is a wonderful city. A day trip is definitely do-able -- 2.5-3 hours each way on the fast train -- and it's a very walkable city, but there's a lot to take in: just off the top of my head, the Cathedral, the Moorish tower, Triana, the Bullring, the pedestrian shopping area.
I've never been to Toledo, and don't know if you'd get more from a day there.

If you do get to the Cathedral, head to the back corner by the gift shop and follow it all the way back to the big meeting room: it's gorgeous.

briancoogaert
06-03-2012, 06:41 PM
Mine was Hotel Lloret :

Hotel Lloret Ramblas
Rambla de Canaletes, 125
08002 Barcelona, Spain
933 17 33 66
hlloret.com‎

The problem was the noise if your room is on the street. But my room was not on the street and it was just perfect. Not very expensive, perfect place, very nice.

Tinami Amori
06-03-2012, 06:55 PM
Yes Jenya, tell us about the fantasies you have with regards to Madrid :D
:D.. you’re right… I did phrase my question rather oddly….

I saw the first hotel Jenya reserved. That was quite up-north from Gran Via… If Jenya is willing to stay that high up north, then I would like to make another recommendation. Much closer to Gran Via, but still long 5-6 blocks north. I stay at this hotel as my first choice (even when not on budget and more central hotels available).

Gran Hotel Conde Duque (rooms start at $ 80 USD, if available)
http://www.granhotelcondeduque.com/

Fotos: http://www.granhotelcondeduque.com/fotos.htm)

They allow travelers with pets - good reason for me to support them, but not the only reason. The hotel itself is wonderful for the price.
http://www.granhotelcondeduque.com/static/galerias/hotel/08-hotel-madrid-sercotel-conde-duque-mascotas_1.jpg

“It’s in upscale residential area, faces a 4-sided court-yard, with benches, small square-park, dog-park, flower beds, old ladies coming out to chat and gossip, dog owners tip their hats as they pass each other, in summer time the park’s central fountain is turned on, and people gather around it… Safe charming “real life” neighborhood.

Metro is right there at the end of the block.
Few fotos:
http://www.jpmoser.com/images/granhotelcondeduque/p-granhotelcondeduque1.jpg
(I don’t know why this says “classic Madrid”, because it is the front entrance into the hotel http://www.marbellas.com/wp-content/uploads/MAD-Marbelas-FHR1.jpg
http://kotiweb.kotiportti.fi/~w418869/0102espanja/pics/05_madrid_conde_duque.jpg


Jenya’s 2nd hotel is RIGHT SMACK DAB in the middle of Gran Via! … Hotel Atlantico is not a bad choice..
Location – proxim to attractions - 5*****
Convenience – transport – 5*****
Price vs. Quality - 4****
Noise/Night & Day – 6***** (unless you ask for a room away from Gran Via AND AWAY from the elevators).

My mother stayed at that hotel. She loved the location and the fact that there are people around almost 24 hours, no dark alleys, empty streets. But she asked me to relocate her after 2 days. One side of the hotel was under construction and it made a difference, and her rooms was facing Gran Via, and she could not sleep. It was not a constant noise (she said), but occasional yells and shrieks every 20-30 minutes coming from herds of youngsters, and squeaks from the cars and buses.

There is a reason why such centrally located hotel, in such a beautiful elaborate building costs under $ 100 USD and has rooms available in the middle of Summer… :lol: And I am pretty sure its noise and flow of crowds at night… Other wise it is a great hotel!

Petit Palace Mayor Plaza**** - in the “old town section”.
http://www.hthoteles.com/en/hotel-petit-palace-mayor-plaza-madrid/
So I moved my mother to this 4**** hotel, right next to Plaza Mayor and 3 short blocks from Puerta Del Sol Plaza and Metro. I stayed there once with associates from Russia, and they were thrilled about the location and “old world charm” of the area. I checked prices for end of July/early August. It’s under 110 USD.

They even running several specials "early bookings", "3-night stay min rate", etc... all under 80 Euros per night.

I don’t know if this is my “problem” but I hate staying in ANY hotels on Gran Via…. Gran Via is basically a “Market Street” or “Broadway”….. it’s full of cheap shops, crowds in the day time, and noisy teenagers at night…… not to mention NOISE FROM TRAFFIC…

bardtoob
06-03-2012, 06:59 PM
Tinami, I am disappointed that your comments are not in Catalan.

Tinami Amori
06-03-2012, 07:10 PM
Tinami, I am disappointed that your comments are not in Catalan.

Perdoni…
:rolleyes::D
Que parla catala? Si?... bon! Com es diu en catala “wise ass”?

Tinami Amori
06-03-2012, 07:14 PM
Tinami (and anyone else), do you recommend Toledo or Sevilla for a daytrip from Madrid? I was planning on Toledo but mila is convincing me that Sevilla would be better. :D

For a day trip - 100% Toledo. Because a day trip is NOT enough to enjoy even 1/3 of Sevilla.

My suggestion is at least 1 night in Sevilla! What I mean is: take a morning train (there is a speed train now, gets there in ~2 hrs from Madrid). Drop your stuff off at the hotel. Sightsee. SPEND THE NIGHT IN SEVILLA - night Sevilla is SPECIAL! and then use the next day to sightsee. You need at least 1.5 days to see "the best of Sevilla". Then at night take a train back to Madrid...

Vagabond
06-03-2012, 07:28 PM
Tinami (and anyone else), do you recommend Toledo or Sevilla for a daytrip from Madrid? I was planning on Toledo but mila is convincing me that Sevilla would be better. :D

Even taking a high-speed train, a day trip to Seville would be exhausting and probably wouldn't do the city justice. If you're looking for an alternative day trip from Madrid, you might consider going to Segovia, preferably combined with a stop at El Escorial.

Save Seville for another trip.

bardtoob
06-03-2012, 07:30 PM
Perdoni…
:rolleyes::D
Que parla catala? Si?... bon! Com es diu en catala “wise ass”?

;) Una mica . . . No n'hi ha prou amb una llengua . . . torracollons :D

Jenya
06-03-2012, 07:33 PM
Thanks very much for all of the advice, everyone - this will be my first time in Spain, so I really appreciate it. :)

I'm thinking I will save Sevilla for another trip - I only have 7 days in Spain before I head to Albania, so I think Madrid (+ day in Toledo) and Barcelona will be plenty.

All other tips and advice about Madrid and Barcelona are welcome. :D

mila19
06-03-2012, 10:05 PM
;) Una mica . . . No n'hi ha prou amb una llengua . . . torracollons :D

I think I know what torracollons mean wheee I love learning to swear in as many languages as possible:kickass:

Tinami Amori
06-03-2012, 11:49 PM
;) ...torracollons :D

Neooo thank you! :D I don't use language like that in public for no reason.. :D I was thinking in line with "advenedizo"(SP) or "gra al cul"(CA)..:rofl: