Looking to book a hotel in Madrid? Not sure where to go? Well, here are some ideas on different areas (‘barrios’) where you could stay..

Gran Vía – this is the main street that runs through the heart of Madrid, from Plaza de España up until near the Plaza de Cibeles. There are many hotels on this busy street and its central location means that it is relatively easy to get to most parts of Madrid.

Puerta del Sol – the Puerta del Sol is the most central and popular part of Madrid. It is an ideal location to get to the Plaza Mayor, old Madrid and is relatively close to the Prado and the Thyssen museums.

Paseo del Prado – in this area you can find the fountain of Cibeles, the fountain of Neptune, the Prado Museum, the Thyssen Museum, the church of Los Jeronimos and is within walking distance of the Retiro Park.

The Paseo de la Castellana – continuing on from the Paseo de Recoletos – it is the busiest street in central Madrid. The southern most part of this street is near the Prado, Thyssen and the the Retiro. From Plaza de Colón and on towards the Plaza de Castilla, you are heading into the business districts of Madrid.

Moncloa/Argüelles – this area is near to Complutense University, the Air Ministry and the Parque del Oeste. Naturally, this is a popular place at night-time with students.

Barrio Salamanca (c/Serrano and Velázquez) – this is the exclusive part of central Madrid. This is without doubt the wealthiest area of Madrid, and here you will find the most expensive shops, some of the nicest apartment buildings and most of the major embassies.

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