The majority of first time visitors to Madrid want to stay somewhere near Puerto del Sol and Grand Via, mainly because this is the central tourist area.
Madrid is the vibrant capital city of Spain, known for its culture, nightlife, designer shopping and football. Madrid is a large city and choosing where to stay can be a bit of a challenge if you don`t know your way around, so planning is essential before you book your hotel.
If the purpose of your stay in Madrid is a quiet cultured trip with visits to the royal palaces and museums then you might want to find a hotel outside of the center where the party often goes on until the small hours. If however that is your idea of fun then a hotel in the heart of the city will be more for you!
People in search of the party atmosphere should pick a hotel in the Puerta del Sol area. This is pretty much in the heart of the city and the area has a good many clubs. You will also find yourself close to the main shopping district of Gran Via, another good place to stay if you prefer to be right inside the hustle and bustle of a major city.For those looking for something a little more cultured then find yourself a hotel in the east of the city where you will find the city`s art galleries and museums.
Hotels in Retiro Park and Prado will be close to the areas of the city you will most likely want to see. With wide tree lined avenues, strewn with chic cafes this area is for the culture vultures. Staying on the subject of culture, if you are looking for royal palaces then the areas of Opera and Plaza Espana will be where to head for.
Opera, as the name might suggest, is home to Madrid`s main opera house, Teatro Real. Opposite is the royal palace. No longer used as a residence, much of it is open to the public. Plaza Espana, slightly to the north is also good for the shopping area of Gran Via. It is home to Madrid`s tallest buildings.
The Edificio de Espana is worth a visit as the top floor houses a bar with some magnificent views.If designer shopping is what you have travelled for, then book yourself a hotel in the Salamanca neighborhood, a little north of Retiro Park. If labels are what you want then this is where you will find them.Many visitors come to Madrid to watch some football at the famous Bernebeu stadium, a good place to stay is north of Salamanca along the Paseo de la Castellana where you will find the home of Real Madrid.
Your budget may be another factor but Madrid offers a good selection of luxury and budget hotels in most districts. If money is no object, or perhaps you are only staying for a night or two then the affluent area of Moncloa, just to the north of Gran Via will offer you some of the best places to stay in the city.