"GREAT hotel in one of Madrid's BEST neighborhoods"
I travel to Madrid frequently and always love to stay at this hotel ... It's location is amazing. Right in the heart of the Salamanca District with easy access to transportation (cabs and metro), restaurants (from full restaurants to tapas places), coffee shops (at least three, in a two-block radius), boutiques (clothing/shoes/beauty/jewelry/perfume) and pastry shops (as a matter of fact, there is one across the street). Not to mention its proximity to banks, museums and the country’s leading retailer. However, the thing I love the most about this hotel is the people that work there. They will go above and beyond just to make you feel right at home ...
This hotel is on a very quiet street (Alcantara) but just a half block away from the Diego de Leon metro from whence you can go anywhere. We chose it specifically because it was walking distance to the home of relatives we were visiting. The staff was very helpful; however, I'm not sure that any of them spoke English. This is not a tourist hotel. Even though it has easy access to public transportation, it probably would not be an ideal location for first-time visitors to Madrid or non-Spanish speakers. It seems to host a lot of business people, and I imagine for them it would be excellent.
North of the Retiro, Salamanca has always been an affluent neighbourhood. Its grid-like streets and beautiful houses sprang up at the end of the 19th century, escaping from the old city walls. Today, ladies who lunch drop into its spas and designer shops, many of which line the long, sleek Calle Serrano. The National Library and the Museum of Archaeology are close to the Plaza de Colón.
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