1.5 Days in Madrid

Old Apr 5, 18, 9:10 pm
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1.5 Days in Madrid

Heading to Madrid in a couple weeks for work. I've got about 1.5 days of free time before the meetings start.

Never been to Madrid looking for some pointers on how to maximize my time.

Main goals:

See a couple of top sights (likely Museo del Prado)
Have top notch Sangria
Have two good lunches and two good dinners (whatever is a must try)

Feel free to merge if a better thread already exists
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Old Apr 6, 18, 2:28 am
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Where will you be staying.

Also, go for tinto de verano over sangría. It's something many people actually drink and far more refreshing.
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If you go to the Prado, I would take some time to stroll through Retiro park. Stop at the little outdoor cafe by the lake and enjoy the scenery. Reviews here: https://restaurantguru.com/La-Gruta-...-Retiro-Madrid

Depending on what you want to do, I would not rush through a bunch of sights. Just relax and enjoy. A quick stroll through Plaza Mayor, but not more than a drink/snack.
The restaurants in the caves below Plaza Mayor are decent. Stop by the Mercado de San Miguel across the street to grab a cheap drink and some tapas.
The Royal Palace is pretty cool and takes a couple hours. Great views from the back of it.
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Originally Posted by LupineChemist View Post
Where will you be staying.

Also, go for tinto de verano over sangría. It's something many people actually drink and far more refreshing.
This. Also any place, especially outdoor cafes that serve fresh squeezed orange juice is worth it. Best Vodka & OJs I have ever had are in Spain.
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That is definitely not enough time in Madrid!

We recommend seeing the historical points of city in the centre of madrid - such as, the royal palace, the almudena cathedral, the debod temple, plaza mayor, Sol... all of these are within walking distance.
The Prado Museum is also great and you can get free entry at certain times.
You will notice the abundance of food and drink options, so I wouldn't worry too much about that !
We would suggest getting a lovely Paella on Plaza Mayor!

Have a great time !
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Originally Posted by Duke787 View Post
Heading to Madrid in a couple weeks for work. I've got about 1.5 days of free time before the meetings start.

Never been to Madrid looking for some pointers on how to maximize my time.

Main goals:

See a couple of top sights (likely Museo del Prado)
Have top notch Sangria
Have two good lunches and two good dinners (whatever is a must try)

Feel free to merge if a better thread already exists
A suggestion: Take a hop-on-hop-off bus the entire route, then return to whatever spikes your interest. Or get off where you have interest, and continue. There's soooo much to see and do!
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Have you been to spain before and just not Madrid? I so, I’d suggest getting a really “madrileño” food, like a bocadillo de calamares (fried calamari sandwich) or cocido.
as others have said, main sights are very centric and walkable.
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Old Apr 7, 18, 10:39 am
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Thanks for all the tips! Keep them coming!

To answer a couple questions:

1) Never been to Spain! Very excited

2) I wish I had more time but have to continue on to a couple other cities after the meetings! But coming back to Spain is high on the list

3) Currently planning to stay at the Courtyard Princessa. I'm a Marriott person and everything except the Autograph Collection properties is in policy so could change if necessary
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With Marriott in Spain, the AC hotels are a pretty good bet.
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Originally Posted by LupineChemist View Post
With Marriott in Spain, the AC hotels are a pretty good bet.
We stayed at theCirculo Gran Via, an Autograph Collection Hotel. A bit pricier than the Courtyard, but very centrally located. It is attached to the Gran Via casino, so adults only.
https://www.marriott.com/hotels/trav...ph-collection/
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Originally Posted by LupineChemist View Post
With Marriott in Spain, the AC hotels are a pretty good bet.
Okay thanks I'll take another look at them. Any one in particular? They all seem in policy for me

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We stayed at theCirculo Gran Via, an Autograph Collection Hotel. A bit pricier than the Courtyard, but very centrally located. It is attached to the Gran Via casino, so adults only.
https://www.marriott.com/hotels/trav...ph-collection/
I saw that one - unfortunately despite being only $200 it's out of policy for me because all the other Marriott properties are $90-140 so the Autograph Collection hotels at ~$200 are out of policy on our corporate rate
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Okay thanks I'll take another look at them. Any one in particular? They all seem in policy for me



I saw that one - unfortunately despite being only $200 it's out of policy for me because all the other Marriott properties are $90-140 so the Autograph Collection hotels at ~$200 are out of policy on our corporate rate
We stayed at the AC hotel in Toledo. Very nice. I would pick on location in Madrid though.
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Okay thanks I'll take another look at them. Any one in particular? They all seem in policy for me
I'd just find one that's fairly central and make sure it's well connected by metro to where you need to be.
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Have you considered staying at a hotel such as Hotel Opera, which is across the street from the Teatro Real? I've stayed at this hotel many times. It's basic, but convenient to everything in the old town. The Prato is a bit far, but there is a metro stop just 2 blocks away.

For a great meal, try Casa Alberto in the Letras district. They have a great bar scene with tapas as well. Reservation recommended. Similarly, a walk along Cava Baja, a winding street south of the Plaza Mayor has many tapas bars where you can sample all kinds of great food and wine.

Enjoy your visit.
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Originally Posted by Duke787 View Post
Heading to Madrid in a couple weeks for work. I've got about 1.5 days of free time before the meetings start.

Never been to Madrid looking for some pointers on how to maximize my time.

Main goals:

See a couple of top sights (likely Museo del Prado)
Have top notch Sangria
Have two good lunches and two good dinners (whatever is a must try)

Feel free to merge if a better thread already exists
FYI, After 6pm, admission to the Prado is FREE!
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