Hi Everyone! Hope you are well….today I’m blogging about my experience in Madrid the first time round….(next week’s blog will be my second time round). Hope this review is helpful!
Emperador hotel is located in the heart of the tourist area so beware there are people and pick pockets everywhere. That being said this was a great hotel (except how long it took us to check in).
The rooms were clean and comfortable and as you can see, the view from our large balcony was fantastic.
There is also a roof top pool and bar area on the top floor with a great view overlooking the city!
There are heaps of different eating places right at your door step including a Le Pain which is about a 5 minute walk from the hotel if you are wanting a healthier option.
You are surrounded with shops like Zara, Mango, Topshop etc. There’s shops, shops and more shops, so don’t worry you can get your retail fix. You can shop till you drop - literally!
From Emperador Hotel it's really easy to walk to all the sights such as......
Plaza de Espana
This is a full time outdoor market in the tourist area that has a variety of different things. Here you will find clothes, some other bits and pieces, but mostly it's filled with different types of jewelry. Note this market is small with no more than approx 30 stalls, however, it's worth checking out if you like markets.
Royal Palace of Madrid
It on such a grand scale it’s hard to miss it.
Is a Catholic Cathedral right near the Royal Palace (Note: I haven't included any pictures of it).
Temple of Debod
Is an Egyptian Temple dating from 2,200 years ago. There can be a line-up to get in.
Is in the center of the city filled with tourists and locals.
Market of San Miguel
This is a must do when you are in Madrid! This market is always pumping with people so beware of the crowds and know at times it can be hard to find a table to stand at. There is a variety of food on offer with plenty of cava and beer, however, if you are a meat and wheat-free person (like me) then you might find it a little difficult in getting a broad selection of food. That being said you must check this place out it's got a really great vibe about it. It reminds me of les Rambla in Barcelona, just on a smaller scale.
Plaza de Cibeles and Puerta de Alcala
A really cool and funky place to eat. We were attending a work dinner and the locals from the Madrid office took us here. Our group of 10 all agree the staff were fantastic, the food is awesome and they have a great selection of wine. So if you have time then maybe check them out, for more information click here.
My overview of Madrid:
My view of Madrid, unfortunately, is tainted someone because it’s difficult not to compare it with Barcelona (which is one of my favourite cities!). Whereas I know other people who prefer Madrid. It’s the same as Australians comparing Melbourne to Sydney it all depends on what you are looking for.
Madrid is easier to get around. There are less tourists making it easier to see all the sights and eat out.
Note: remember to watch your valuables there are pick pockets around (just like in Barcelona) but with that being said the city is filled with really friendly Spaniards who are welcoming and helpful.
Until next time I travel, I see, I share... This is Character 32 doing her best to help you!