I am doing a Spanish Spree Contiki starting 10 July and the Tryp Chamartin Hotel is the starting and ending hotel.
I fly into Madrid on the 8th I was just wondering if I should just stay at the Tryp Chamartin Hotel for convenience, or would another location be better off? Closer to the action?
What is the Chamartin area like? Where do most people stay in Madrid?
On the first day/night I am by myself & then the 2nd day before the contiki I meet my friends, so I sort of want somewhere I can walk to shops, bars, landmarks etc and meet people easily.
We also have 3 days after our contiki before we have to go to Athen's, would people recommend staying in Madrid or going to Barcelona or somewhere completely different like Morocco or Portugal - would this be too hard/rushed/expensive?
Also transfer from the Airport:
I am coming off a 24 hour flight from Sydney so I was just thinking of getting a Taxi to Chamartin which is about 14km from Airport. From my quick calcs using the info supplied from the taxi question I am looking at 18-20euro is this about right?
Would most recommend a taxi?
Thanks for your help