ME Madrid Reina Victoria
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... The location of our apartment served me well. We are only two blocks from the Plaza de Espaņa, and only about 1/4 mile from the Palacio Real, so I was very close to all the events. I left our apartment and crossed one minor street only to come to blockade. The police were set up to search bags and do a quick body scan. Fortunately, right before leaving the apartment, I took my Toledo knife out of my bag. I passed the security check and was on ...
... distracting, but I can't quite make myself say that. How do you create a "modern" cathedral that doesn't just attempt to imitate the past? It used to be that there was a progression of architecture and artworks inside churches (and buildings in general) - you heard about baroque and rococo and neoclassical and gothic (not in that order) - what does 'modern' look like, and what comes next? So I think the Cathedral here is an interesting comment or ...
Since I'm writing this blog a bit retroactively (currently writing this on the 29th, finally catching up / in Florence), I'll try to sum up the few days I had in Madrid with my mom. First of all, as I may not have explained yet, this first leg of my trip will consist of me travelling with my mom for 3 weeks around a few cities in Spain, Italy, and Portugal. This is a bit of a first for us since we haven't traveled together since I was a child. So we ...
... website, I found that the only time open on 26 June was 19:00, so I booked it. It’s rather late for the visit but better than nothing. The late timing might actually have a "silver lining" as the light should be perfect for photos, with great shadows. I walked down to the nearby Servi-Caixa ATM to pick up the ticket. By this time it was about 21:30 and the streets were still busy.
On the way back, I stopped in the El Cortes ...
Plaza de Toros de Madrid BULLFIGHT!
This was high on my list of things to do while in Spain. When am I going to get this opportunity again? Bought my ticket at an authorized ticket place not too far from my hotel. I actually past on it the first time I saw it, not knowing if it was on the up and up, then my peeps at the hotel recommended I go there. The "agency" is a random window on ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews ME Madrid Reina Victoria
The reviews all say great location, and it is. You can walk in any direction to Plaza de Sol, the Prado and nearby museums or the Palace.
Great location, wonderful breakfast
Stayed in this hotel in March, and loved it. Our room had a view on the square and lots of space. The breakfast was special - really fresh fruit, pastries and every kind of bread and meat you could want. Good restaurants, shopping and museums were all in easy walking distance.
The staff at reception were extremely helpful, and some spoke excellent English.
A bit of a letdown
From the looks of the hotel online, one would think that this hotel was extremely first class and up to date. I'm sure this was a first class hotel about 15 years ago. The room, at least my room, had not been renovated in what seemed like more than a decade. The lobby is very nice and the staff was more than helpful, but the room lacked. We had a view of the particularly dirty courtyard and other rooms. We couldn't open the windows without others being able to see right in. Ok, but I wouldn't stay there again.
Great Hotel, Great Location
Stayed here recently with a friend - we were very impressed by the room, the location, the food, the service provided - in short everything. Great bars, restaurants and shopping a stones throw from the front door. I did note the warnings about the small cramped rooms with an air shaft for a window and sent an email (politely) requesting a nice room - or at least not that one. We arrived to find a huge, gorgeous room overlooking the square - we could not have been happier.
I will stay there again and would recommend it to anyone travelling to Madrid.
Very Good Hotel in a Great Location
I stayed here for 8 nights and was very pleased with the level of service and the accomidations. The location of this hotel is reason alone to stay here. It is a short walk away from Plaza Mayor, Puerta de Sol and The Prado. It is located in Plaza Santa Ana with it's nightlife right at your doorstep.
A wonderful hotel in the very best location. When we arrived, there was some error in our reservation and no room was available. The staff took it upon themselves to find a room for one night in another Tryp hotel located nearby, and paid for the taxi to take us there. The next two nights we moved back to the Reina Victoria and they gave us a beautiful room on the top floor at the same price we had originally booked for...I am certain the room they gave us would have cost much more than the price we paid. The service was excellent and very friendly. The location is ideal. The Plaza Santa Ana is the place to be. The bull fighters stay in this hotel and one night they walked within two feet of me and it was one of the only moments that I didn't have my camera with me! They also have a wonderful breakfast, but it was not included in the price of our room.
Loved this hotel....
I have nothing bad to say about this hotel. From the outside it is beautiful. The staff was very professional and helpful. The room was ample and comfortable and the location was excellent. I have been to Madrid several times before, but this time was the best and I attribute that to this hotel. I think this has to be the best option in Madrid. Right outside the hotel is the Plaza Santa Ana with an assortment of outdoor restaurants so you don`t have to wander the streets at night if you don`t want to. The location is walking distance to Atocha and most of the sights. Definitely DO stay here!
Nice hotel, poor room
Now don't get me wrong, this hotel is in a really nice central location and was very clean and the rooms were nicelly furnished. We booked through Expedia and got a room for 2 nights in August 2003 approx half the rack rate which was great. However we ended up being put in a room with very little natural light as the window faced into what can only be described as a square shaft approx 10ft square some 4 floors down.
Also the hand towels and shampoos etc were not replaced after the 1st night. The hotel bar shut at middnight. If you stay here best make sure at reception you get a room facing out - otherwise you risk sensory deprivation.
Stayed for a night in June 2003. Rooms are very nice, clean and modern. Located about 5 minutes from the Prado and perfectly located on a wonderful square with lots of great cafes and restaurants. Charming and good service.Only drawback is that it can be a little noisy at night on the street outside on weekends. Don't let it keep you from staying there though.
Good Elegant Bull Theme Hotel in Central Madrid
This hotel was very nice and elegant. The staff very attentive, especially the door bell people. The breakfast was great and included healthy options. Location is great in the middle of everything, and close to Plaza Mayor, and El Sol. Avoid getting a room in the lower floors and facing the Plaza Santa Ana. Our room was on the first floor and since Madrid people party till 5am in the morning it was kind of noisy at night. We were able to sleep anyway since it was our first night and we were going over our jet lagged period.