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|The district of Salamanca
is one of the 21 districts that form the city of Madrid, Spain (as of 2005).
It received its name from its founder, the Málaga native Don José
de Salamanca y Mayol, Marquess of Salamanca, who founded the area in the
The Salamanca district is one of
the most representative areas for bourgeois madrileños. It was completely
urbanized by 1927. Salamanca is in the outer area of the "Rondas", where
the neighborhoods of Guindalera and Fuente del Berro originated with more
spontaneous urban development. Marqués de Salamanca Square separates
the wealthy area from the more popular parts of the district. Salamanca
has become an important commercial area of the city.
Salamanca is located to the northwest
of the historical center of Madrid. Its boundaries are defined by the following
To the west, the Paseo de Recoletos
and the Paseo de la Castellana.
To the south, Alcalá Street and
To the east, the Avenida de la Paz (M-30).
To the north, María de Molina
Street and Avenida de América.
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Hotel Avenida de America, a Marriott Lifestyle Hotel, Madrid
The AC Avenida de América
hotel is located near the center of Madrid, Spain, next to Avenida de América.
The Torress Blancas Monument is two-and-one-half kilometers away. Puerta
del Sol, Gran Via and the Plaza de Espana are five kilometers from the
hotel. The Royal Palace of Madrid is six-and-one-half kilometers away.
Shuttle service (surcharge) is subject to availablity to and from Madrid
Barajas International Airport. The hotel's on-site restaurant serves
traditional Spanish cuisine with an innovative twist. Buffet-style breakfasts
and a la carte dinners are served each day. Room service is available.
The hotel offers business services, conference rooms, wireless Internet
access, a safe-deposit box at the front desk, TV room and complimentary
newspapers. Parking is available for a surcharge.
Hotel Velazquez, Madrid
The large Gran Hotel Velazquez
is located in central Madrid, Spain, within 500 metres of El Retiro park.
The hotel is one kilometre from the famous Prado art gallery and Puerta
del Sol square. Gran Hotel Velazquez is a light-coloured, seven-storey
building with curved windows and balconies on the front. Inside is a grand
marble lobby with chandeliers and complimentary newspapers. Gran
Hotel Velazquez serves a buffet breakfast in the Velazquez Bar (surcharge).
The hotel has two restaurants, including El Rocio, a relaxed venue with
Moorish decor and an Andalusian menu specialising in seafood and rice.
Las Lanzas is a more formal restaurant with parquet floors and framed prints,
and an a la carte menu of Mediterranean dishes. The meeting and event
rooms at the Gran Hotel Velazquez can cater for up to 300 people. The hotel
has a hair and beauty salon. Madrid attractions are within easy reach,
and staff at the front desk are available 24 hours a day to give advice.
This exclusive design hotel
is located on famous Paseo de la Castellana, with Madrid's finest boutiques
on its doorstep. Local attractions include the Real Madrid stadium one
kilometre from the hotel; for those interested in more cultural pursuits,
the Prado Museum can be found three kilometres away. The closest airport
is Madrid Barajas: approximate driving time is 15 minutes and distance
is 15 kilometres. There are two acclaimed restaurants on site. Santceloni
is smart and contemporary, serving Catalan haute cuisine by resident chefs.
The other is the more relaxed La Manzana, with a menu combining Mediterranean
dishes with Oriental flavours. Other facilities include the Scotch bar,
with the widest selection of whiskeys in Madrid, the Skygym, a fitness
gym with views of the city, and full business services. The hotel provides
a concierge desk to help with booking shows, restaurants and exploring
Silken Puerta América, Madrid
The Hotel Silken Puerta
América in Madrid, Spain, is an ultra-modern hotel created by internationally
renowned designers and architects. The hotel is located just outside central
Madrid, 200 metres from the nearest metro station. The City Museum, Plaza
Monumental de las Ventas and Lazaro Galdiano Museum are within one kilometre.
The 13-storey design Hotel Silken Puerta América has a bold, multicoloured
exterior and visually arresting contemporary interiors. The hotel has a
restaurant, cafeteria and 24-hour room service. Drinks are served in the
bar, and there's an onsite nightclub in the evenings. The Hotel Silken
Puerta América offers a business centre and spacious meeting rooms
with natural light. Wireless Internet access is available. The top-floor
health spa, with fitness centre, sauna, indoor pool and decked terrace,
affords panoramic views of the city and Madrid's mountains. The Hotel Silken
Puerta América also has a tranquil designer garden.
Zenit Abeba, Madrid
The Zenit Abeba is a modern
hotel with a marble facade located in Madrid's smart Salamanca district,
close to the main shopping streets. Attractions nearby include the
Fundacion Juan March, a cultural centre that houses art exhibitions, conferences
and concerts, and Las Ventas bullfighting arena, both within a kilometre
of the hotel. The lovely Retiro Park and the Prado are within 2.5 kilometres.
The hotel restaurant, Novus, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and
serves traditional Spanish cuisine in a warm contemporary setting.
After a busy day guests enjoy a drink in the hotel bar or order up a bite
to eat from room service. The hotel has conferences and meeting rooms with
capacity for up to 30 people and audiovisual equipment can be provided
upon request. Wireless Internet access is available throughout the
building. Multilingual staff on the 24-hour front desk can assist with
organising transport and offer advice on the city. For those arriving by
car there is secure pay parking on site.
The Meliá Galgos
is located in Madrid, Spain, in the Salamanca district of the city. Real
Madrid football team's Bernabeu Stadium is one kilometre away, and the
central street of Paseo de la Castellana is 2.5 kilometres from the hotel.
The Meliá Galgos is a modern four-star hotel with seven floors and
a roof terrace that affords spectacular views over Madrid. The reception
is decorated in modern style with marble flooring, and houses a 24-hour
front desk and lounge bar that offers drinks accompanied by live piano
music in the evenings. The hotel also offers a gym and wellness centre
with a sauna, spa tub, solarium, Turkish bath, and massage treatment rooms.
There is a choice of dining options with the a la carte Diablo restaurant,
specialising in international and Mediterranean dishes, the Castellana
buffet restaurant, and the Floridita bar restaurant with a lively Cuban
atmosphere with live music, cocktails, and Havana cigars.
Palace Embassy Serrano, Madrid
This high tech hotel occupies
a nineteenth century residence situated on the doorstep of Madrid's business
and exclusive commercial districts as well as just 20 metres from the capital's
main square, Plaza De Colon. Concierge provides tour assistance for guests
wishing to explore the city. Approximate driving time to Madrid Barajas
Airport is 20 minutes and distance is 15 kilometres (9 miles). The property's
modern business centre resides in the lobby and features complimentary
high-speed Internet access, personal computers with 17-inch flat screens,
printers, photocopiers and fax services. Multi purpose conference rooms
are also available, while the hotel bar provides a less formal meeting
point and the high tech restaurant with sports screen and international
menu a chance to unwind. Petit Palace Embassy Serrano offers 75 modern
rooms over 6 floors. Each room is equipped with the latest in technological
and amenity innovations.
Tourism in Madrid by Kurt Schefken
It may not be on the top of
your list when you think of shopping travel destinations, but Madrid has
the best of Spain to offer in its shops. If you are looking for upscale
chic shopping experiences, there are a number of exclusive shops available
in the city. If more organic shopping is your style, there are flea market
atmospheres or a number of quaint antique shops available for perusing.
The main shopping area in
Madrid is the Gran Via. This street is full of shops that seemingly never
close. Even when the night life kicks up, there is still shopping to be
done in this area in many of the stalls around the Plaza Mayor. A word
of caution, make sure you know how to bargain. Some of these booths are
just looking to make a buck off those in the tourism market and are selling
the same tourist junk you can buy at any airport kiosk. Look around, and
look for a good deal.
|If you love the idea of
shopping in the open air visit El Rastro, the massive outdoor flea market
in Madrid. In addition to the same touristy things you expect to find everywhere,
there are treasures to be found including jewelry, old books, clothes and
antiques that need new homes. If you are in the area on a Sunday there
is also a coin and stamp fair nearby.
Check out the La Latina Metro
Stop. This is located between the Ronda De Toledo and the Plaza de Cascorro
and Ronda de Toledo. You will know you are there when you see the massive
Eloy Gonzalo statue in the center of Cascorro Square.
This place is packed on the
weekends, as it is a travel destination, but while the crowds are big,
so are the deals to be had! There are many, many shopping opportunities.
There is also some shopping potential during the week, but not nearly as
lively an experience as on the weekend.
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Want the latest in style
and fashion? Then you want the Alcalá area. You will be able to
roam from boutique to boutique filled with dresses, shoes, and all the
latest accessories. If you are using the metro as your transport, get off
at the Sol or Sevilla.
Another fancy shopping destination
is Calle Serrano. This street is full of the finest in shopping including
art, gifts and a variety of designer clothing items. You can find a precious
gift for yourself, and don't forget to get something for those back at
home that were not lucky enough to be vacationing in Madrid.
The high fashion shopping
in Madrid is not just for women. Both genders of the tourism market are
appreciated where fashion is concerned. The Calle Princessa, which can
be accessed by the Argüelles and Ventura Rodríguez metro stops,
is lined with a number of men's boutiques selling suits, accessories and
shoes for the classiest of men.
For a quaint shopping experience,
try the Calle Preciados. It is a shopping area that is only accessible
by walking. To get there, take the Metro to Sol.
Finally get a real feel of
Spain at the Mercado de San Miguel. This was once just a fish market, but
now it offers a wide variety of foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, and
other delectable items to experience.
|About the Author - The magazine
writer Kurt Schefken is especially interested in themes corresponding to
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