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Your Luxury Guide To Madrid

Jan 29, 2008
There was a time when being next to Barcelona was good enough for the second fiddle city. With Madrids tremendous growth, there are two powerhouse bona fide cities that visitors can hit in nearly one fell swoop. This is a city with plenty of Old World charm complemented by an emerging cosmopolitan town that is rising.

Madrid is rich with historical landmarks, museums, cultural centers, fine dining, and haute shopping venues. It also has luxury hotels, restaurants offering fine dining, and a lot to see and do. Here are a few suggestions to help get your party started!

The Hotel Orfila is five star boutique hotel that offers golf, horseback riding, and skiing for its most fortunate guests. It originally was a 19th century built mansion.

The hotel is located in the middle of the city near the business financial and cultural centers of Madrid. The Hotel Ritz Madrid is located between Retiro Park, Teatro de la Zarzuela, the Prado, the Thyssen Bornemisza and the Centro de Arte Moderno Reina Sofia museums.

The Mirasierra Suites Hotel features the Juban Club, which is an executive floor of suites on the top floor that overlook Sierra de Guadarrama. The Santo Mauro Hotel is the former residence of the Duke of Santo Mauro. It is located in the center of town off the Paseo de la Castellana. The dance halls and library of the Dukes place were restyled in to meeting rooms and a restaurant.

Restauarante Zalacain is a gastronomical landmark that has been serving Mediterranean cuisine in a formal atmosphere since 1973. Gentlemen are required to don a suit and tie. A shirt would probably be a good idea too. Zalacain boasts a vast wine collection approximating 35,000 bottles.

The decorum is fantastic. The architecture is breathtaking. But for more than 75 years, La Ancha Restauarante has primarily focused on its decidedly traditional dishes and service over the years. If you are able to focus on something besides the food, the place is suave, chic, and refined at no charge.

Combarro presents award winning seafood entrees that are subject to the season and availability of food and ingredients. The atmosphere rich environ also offers an impressive array of fine wines. Speaking of the aforementioned Santo Mauro Hotel, the hotels restaurant merits a mention in this section too.

Madrid has more than a dozen museums in the city to take in paintings by Rembrandt, Goya, Reubens an numerous works of acclaimed Spanish artists such as Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. The Prado Museum and the Archaeological Museum are great starting points. The latter contains artifacts that are more than 14,000 years old.

If partying in a 19th century palace reshaped into a decadent discotheque intrigues you, head for the Palacio Gaviria. Even Madrids nightlife intertwines the old and the new eras fluidly. Special VIP events occur nightly.

The Joy Eslava is another enclave of vibrant nightlife. And it is located on the same street as the Palacio Gaviria. When one cab ride can taxi you into two hotspots, it is a deal that is too good to resist. Always enjoy yourself responsibly!

The Plaza Puerto del Sol is good area to meet and casually absorb Madrids charming essence. The numerous shops, bars, and restaurants make it a great place to leisurely linger and lounge. It is the center of Madrid.

See the Bernabeu Stadium, which holds 80,000, and Madrids Manhattan, consisting of high rise buildings such as the Torre Picasso and the Torre Europa. Minoru Yamasaki, the designer of the fallen WTC Towers in New York, is the architect of the Torre Picasso. The Royal Palace (Palacio Real) and the Palacio de Communicaciones are just two of the historical sites that dot Madrids cityscape.
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