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Best Area in Madrid

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Best Area in Madrid

Hi I'm looking to book a hotel in Madrid using Hotwire or Priceline. The way they divide the areas are as follows.

Hotwire

El Centro - Old Madri… 2.5 mi

Salamanca 2.0 mi

Madrid Barajas Airpor… 8.0 mi

Chamberi 1.2 mi

Tetuan - Chamartin 2.0 mi

Retiro 2.5 mi

Arganzuela 3.0 mi

Madrid - North 5.0 mi

Alcobendas - San Seba

Priceline

East–

Madrid North–

Old Madrid - Bourbon Madrid

Around La Castellana

Barajas Airport

It is my first time in Madrid. What is the best area out of these to stay in? (or top two?) any details would be helpful. We want a location that is easiest to walk to most main attractions, that will hopefully be far away from any protests.

Thank you,

Lee

Edited: 30 July 2012, 15:39
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1. Re: Best Area in Madrid

If you want area closest to main attractions for first times...choose El centro..old Madrid. If your goal is upscale everything, hotel, eating shopping, go Salamanca and count on taxi or public transit to main attractions.

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2. Re: Best Area in Madrid

Thank you Holakjs,

Is there a Salamanca equivalent for Priceline?

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3. Re: Best Area in Madrid

Just checked it, and the area on Priceline is called "Around La Castellana"

La Castellana is a boulevard which runs north-south through this area, which is a rather large one, according Priceline's boundaries. I have no experience with Priceline in Madrid so I can't tell you hotels commonly used. Maybe someone else?

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4. Re: Best Area in Madrid

Avoid Priceline for booking in Madrid. Try Booking.com which is a European equivalent for it. You will have better prices and be able to find the neighborhoods better. Unless you are bidding (and I urge you not to in this case), you will do better to not use a US site.

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5. Re: Best Area in Madrid

Thank you!

We actually decided to go with the Old Madrid area.

I did bid (before I saw the warning), but I think I had good luck.

I got the Nh Palacio De Tepa for $145 US/night which is rated #9 out of all hotels in Madrid on this site.

Lee

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6. Re: Best Area in Madrid

Palacio de Tepa seems a good choice. Here's some tips around that hotel:

http://goo.gl/maps/2NrP

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7. Re: Best Area in Madrid

Thanks!

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8. Re: Best Area in Madrid

That's a good price for a great hotel. I had a friend who stayed there and absolutely loved it. Enjoy!

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9. Re: Best Area in Madrid

Great thanks! I look forward to it.

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