Gran Hotel Velazquez
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Por fin llegue a mi Madrid a las 7:30 AM del dia 30. Mañana sigo a Santiago con rumbo a Astorga. He usado el metro y buses, nada de taxis, veremos como me va mañana, 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 …
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 …
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 …
... Nowadays, it is renowned for its nightlife.
Lope de Vega's home is now a museum, viewable only by a guided tour which we did. Its a fascinating glimpse into a celebrity life four hundred years back. Born when Madrid became capital of Spain, his career was perfectly timed in a blossoming city. He wrote thousands of works, mainly poetry and plays. Despite becoming a priest, he had many lovers and children. This casa was his home ...
... will have great pictures.
In closing I'd like to excuse my over-usage of the same adjectives (eg: beautiful) when you speak Spanish all the time you overuse colloquial Spanish words when going back to English. Usually they aren't very colloquial in English (eg: overusing the word "incredible" for everything better than sub-par).
Hope everyone is well.
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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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