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Before you travel, do purchase necessary medicines and personal care products:

It's a good idea to purchase over the counter medicines, prescription items and personal care stuff before traveling abroad as these exact items may not be available outside of your home country and in many cases these items can be too expensive in some countries.

Madrid Hotels And Tourist Spots

Madrid became Spain's capital through serendipity of location – it sits roughly at the geographical center of the Iberian Peninsula. Today Madrid is a modern city of some 3 million people that welcomes thousands of visitors each year with warm Spanish hospitality provided by nice Madrid hotels.

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Experienced visitors to Madrid encourage first-timers not to be dismayed by the rather unsightly journey into the heart of the city, where there are streets and alleys filled with historic buildings and eccentric, eclectic shops and bars. The city underwent a major renovation in the mid-1990s in keeping with its designation as one of Europe's capitals of art. Much of the work restored historic buildings and also improved roads and highways to relieve traffic congestion. Not surprisingly, there are literally hundreds of hotels in Madrid that welcome thousands of tourists each day.

The jewel of Madrid's sights for visitors is the magnificent Prado museum, where Spanish monarchs assembled one of Europe’s most outstanding collection of paintings. Literally down the street from the Prado are the Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza galleries. These state-of-the-art museums are now home to fabulous examples of modern Spanish painting including Picasso's Guernica.

If money is no object for a Madrid hotel stay, the universally acclaimed luxury accommodation is the five-star Westin Palace Madrid. Close behind in service and amenities are the Villa Real Hotel in Madrid, the Occidental Miguel Angel Hotel & Urban Spa, and the Intercontinental Hotel. These Madrid hotels are amongst the most famous hotels in Madrid.

Most visitors to Madrid soon come to realize that the most intriguing attractions are the people themselves – the madrileños. They're out and about everywhere, jostling for bargains at the Sunday Rastro flea market, taking the air at summer terrazas and cafes, or giving Madrid its reputation for nightlife at hundreds of clubs, bars, and discos in the city. Renowned Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar has immortalized the vibrant culture of Madrid in his movies, which are a good way to get to know the city before visiting.
Fortunately, hotel accommodations in the midst of all this exciting culture are easy to find for any budget.

For instance, the Hotel Rex is a traditional hotel known for its elegances and central location close to many of Madrid's cultural sites. It's located on Gran Vía, between the main squares of España and Callao, so visitors can walk to attractions such as the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol.

Also located on the Gran Via is the Vincci Capitol, situated in one of the most historic buildings in Madrid. Its terrace boasts fantastic views of city. While its exterior may be historic, its interior is modern, with free, wired Internet and flat-screen TVs in its rooms.

Those doing business in Madrid's commercial neighborhood of Salamanca might find the Gran Hotel Velazquez well located. It's a short walk from the Retiro Park and Cibeles and within 500 meters of Velazquez and Serrano metro stations. Its restaurant features Andalusian cuisine.

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Madrid is truly well-supplied with a wide range of hotels, having more than 180 hotels, 65 guest houses, 22 hostels and 17 conference centers ranging from five-star luxury to budget accommodations. Visitors will be able to find a place to stay that meets both their budgets and their goals for their time in Spain's lively capital city.

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