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Published on : Thursday, June 4, 2015
The promise of sun, sea and sangria have attracted hoards of European travellers to Spain’s coastal towns and islands for decades, but for a true glimpse into the Spanish way of life, there is no better destination to visit right now than Madrid, where a cultural renaissance is underway. Whether travellers are seeking a foodie holiday, a luxury shopping spree, a cultured city trip, or a lively weekend on the town, Preferred Hotels & Resorts presents the ultimate guide to unique, exciting independent hotels in some of Madrid’s most desirable districts.
C’est chic, boutique – Salamanca
This upmarket shopping area is heaven for travellers looking to indulge in retail therapy. The streets of Calle Goya and Calle Serrano and their intersecting roads are home to the flagship stores of Spain’s leading fashion houses such as Manolo Blahnik, Balenciaga, and Adolfo Dominguez, and also present the latest from up-and-coming designers. For a one-stop shop, department store El Corte Ingles is a must.
For the culture vulture – Barrio de las Letras
When searching for an area rich in art and history, there’s no better option than the bohemian Las Letras neighbourhood. Once home to many of Spain’s greatest writers and poets, Madrid’s ‘Literary Quarter’ is made up of largely pedestrianised cobbled streets and tranquil squares with bookstores, theatres, and specialist craft shops, interspersed with terraced cafés ideal for people watching. The area is also home to the CaixaForum Museum and a short walk from the famous Prado Museum, the Queen Sofía Art Centre, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.
Perfect for night owls – Chueca
The life and soul of Madrid and home to the LGBT community, Chueca is the place to enjoy the best of the city when evening falls. The colourful quarter is made up of a maze of narrow streets packed with bars, clubs, concert venues, and eateries serving traditional tapas and international cuisines into the early hours. Travellers should check out the always-buzzing Calle Fuencarral, Calle Hortaleza and Chueca Square.
Eat like a local – La Castellana
Situated in the city centre, ‘La Castellana’ – or Paseo de la Castellana – is one of Madrid’s longest and widest avenues. Those who enjoy nothing more than sampling local cuisine will be spoilt for choice with many of the city’s famous tapas bars and restaurants, street food markets, and traditional family-owned delicatessens all in close proximity to the tree-lined boulevard.
Preferred Hotels & Resorts offers three additional hotels in Madrid: NH Collection Madrid Paseo del Prado, Hotel Wellington, and Hotel Claridge.
Travellers can enhance their experience by enrolling in the iPrefer™ guest loyalty programme, which extends points redeemable for free nights and other expenditures, elite status, and special benefits such as complimentary Internet upon every eligible stay at more than 550 participating properties worldwide.
Source:- Preferred Hotels & Resorts