Madrid is the vibrant capital of Spain with endless cultural, culinary and entertainment activities.
During a recent visit, I stayed at Hotel Pestana, a luxury hotel with easily combines its 17th century baroque architecture with sophisticated 21st century interiors and ammenities. Madrid is a large, loud, bustling city so Hotel Pestana is the perfect antidote - a place to relax and recharge your energy so you can enjoy the city to its full. The hotel is located in Plaza Mayor, Madrid's most famous square, and boasts a relaxing spa, and an inner patio restaurant lit with natural light which gives the illusion of alfresco dining but provides the comfort of the AC (essential in Madrid in August!). If you are looking for some quiet space to work or read, they also have a library, a rooftop bar and a pool with spectacular views and a terrace facing directly out to the famous Plaza Mayor. It also has a unique indoor pool which has been created under the uncovered arches and buttresses of the building's old coal cellars.
From this hotel you can easily walk to all the main monuments and tourist attractions of the city such as Puerta del Sol square, the Royal Palace, Madrid Cathedral, Gran Vía, the Temple of Debod, or the iconic El Rastro flea market. The Paseo del Arte, where you’ll find the main museums such as the Prado, Reina Sofía, and Thyssen are also within easy walking distance.
In terms of culinary delights, Madrid has everything to offer, from cheap tasty and cheerful to very sophisticated restaurants. The city is home to nineteen Michelin restaurants where you can delight yourself with some delicious menus prepared by some of the most famous chefs in the world. All these restaurants have wine cellars boasting some of the best wines, which paired with beautiful decoration and impeccable service, ensures an unforgettable experience. At the Michelin star restaurant 'Corral de la Morería Gastronómico' you can enjoy a delicious dinner while also enjoying one of the most prestigious flamenco shows in the world.
Its always a good time to visit Madrid but one of the most interesting is during the 15th of May as it is when Madrid honours its patron saint, San Isidro. The Town Hall and people of Madrid organise a packed programme of cultural events like concerts, shows and activities for all ages.
To design your trip and learn more about what this wonderful city has to offer follow the following link: Turismo Madrid | Official tourism website (esmadrid.com)