Holiday Inn Madrid - Calle Alcala
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... friendly people, what's not to love? Our friend Raul (who we met when he worked at the boys' old school and lived with our friends Mara and Jason) is from Madrid and very knowledgeable about the city and its story, past and present. Raul and his girlfriend Conchi were perfect hosts. We couldn't have imagined a better welcome. Muchos Gracias (gra-thi-as :-) por ...
Decided to drive straight into Madrid, as the previous evening Pauls computer decided it was not, and would not, connect to the internet. This is inspite of Paul trying everything he knew, including bad language, to reconnect.Had the choice of looking for assistance in San Sebastian or Madrid - chose Madrid. Paul had located some apple stores using Margarets ipad, so thought that was a better bet.
The drive towards Madrid was reasonably uneventful. Knew the first part of ...
... play. Revitalised ourselves with a Sangria...Wandered around the beautiful parks saw lots of couples hanging looked the place to be and visited the Templo de Debod. It didn't really seem like there were many people around until about 9pm and then it was packed, we were at markets and some vendors hadn't even finished setting up. I didn't believe Chris at first when he said the Spanish have dinner at 11pm but it's true! Drank more Sangria and watched the world go by along the Gran ...
... realised it was the changing of the guards! It was awesome, I have like a 5 min video of it but all you can hear in the background is some annoying American lady telling her husband not to use all the space on the camera and then another one shouting "look at the horsies"! Bri and I then started talking to a lovely lady from Santiago de Compostela in Galicia (north-west Spain) who was telling me how she lived in London for 11 years and she was trying to help us get into the ...
We headed out for breakfast at 9.00am. Our plan was to walk to the Botanical Gardens and Retiro Park as today is a national holiday and all the main tourist attractions were shut - bad holiday timing on our part. We walked on to the Puerta del Sol to see the Madrid bear statue and the plaque showing the centre of Spain's roads. There was a demonstration planned against austerity measures and wage cuts today and the Puerta del Sol was being set ...
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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services