Gran Hotel Velazquez
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Por fin llegue a mi Madrid a las 7:30 AM del dia 30. Maņana sigo a Santiago con rumbo a Astorga. He usado el metro y buses, nada de taxis, veremos como me va maņana, ya que tengo que estar en Barajas a las 7 AM.
No fue posible seguir usando el Metro para ir al aeropuerto el Metro comienza a las 6 AM y pasa por la estacion Velazquez a las 6 …
I'd tried to get as much as I could out of my day in Madrid, my friend Georgie volunteered to take me around and we met at the Cibeles Palace at 1 PM, the Mirador Tower was closed at this time, but it opened at 4:30 PM. so we went to the old section, el Madrid de los Austria, or Madrid de los Felipes, the Habsburg monarchy of the 15 and 16 hundreds …
After walking the Way of St. James and visiting Vigo and Pontevedra I'd stayed for a day in Madrid on my way home, I visited with friends Georgie Triebel, a friend from our youth in long ago Los Angeles who has now lived in Madrid for a long time, and Miguel and Meli Rivera whose mother was our landlord when we lived in Madrid in the early …
... by all the cathedrals. After about 20 minutes of the tour guide telling stories about the massive doors of the cathedral, I decided I had enough. Europe was starting to bore me.
Every city had a main cathedral, smaller churches, a bell tower, and a main square where people used to get executed. All the kings had an embarrassing medical issue, the queens all had weird habits, and there was always a spot where the Virgin Mary spoke to a soldier and ...
... a very quick bite to eat, as we wanted to go out again to view the Holy Week procession which was happening near by (in fact, there are processions every evening this week, in different parts of Madrid). On leaving the flat we suddenly realised that the procession was coming straight through the Puerta del Sol, right outside the apartment block. I managed to find an ideal spot, and we watched for about 45 minutes as the procession very tortuously made its way through ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsGran Hotel Velazquez Madrid
This hotel dates back to the 50's, it has been kept up and is very adequate and comfortable, but in need of renovation and upgrade to more modern standards. The lobby/reception id very small, it is cumbersome to get to the elevators and elevators are very small with room for two or three people, even though the sign says four people max. The dining room is elegant and spacious, breakfast buffet is very good, although I found it somewhat expensive at 15€. This is not out of line most business hotels are on this range, still I thought it is expensive.
The hotel is in a very good location, on Velazquez street, close to many major sites such as Retiro Park, Puerts de Alcala,Cibeles Plaza Colon, the chic Serrano shopping area, Goya shopping area, close to Metro stations and fine restaurants.
In spite of its aging nature I'd recommended for a reasonable place to stay in Madrid.
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