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Great Friendly Irish Pub 5 stars
We passed by here on our way to the Retiro Park and on our return, we decided to have lunch on their terrace. We had the set lunch menu which was great value and enjoyable. The staff are friendly, speak English and if you have questions about the city are happy to help.

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JoanaLadin
Massage center for couples in Madrid 4 stars
Last week (April1st) my husband and I visited this place for the second time. We stayed in the same room but with a different masseuse and chose the "fall in love again" massage. Very relaxing and quite original one.
Place was clean, not much space but enough. The masseuse was spanish and didn't speak much english, but we could understand each other well.
Location is good, at Plaza de Santa Ana, well communicated but difficult to get there by car.
We had some problem with our reservation due to misunderstanding but finally it was ok.


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JoanaLadin
Breakfast in Cafe del Soul 4 stars
I don't usually have breakfast out of home, but some weekends I do so.

You can find a lot of good places for it downtown Madrid, and here is one of them: Cafe del Soul. I thought it was another bar similar to hundreds when I passed by last december'12.
But when you enter inside you can see it is well ambiented, with plenty of space.
What I liked the most was the food and the price: I was there with my boyfriend and we had: ham with toasted bread with tomato, juice, 4 "churros", coffee. All that, for 2 persons was 5 euros.
And it was really good.
I told them to change their frontal wall, because although it has a big cristal, it is made in such a way that you cannott see inside, and the door is little, so it is very probable that you walk by and no enter.

It is near Sol, and opens at 10am.


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Baimei
Prepotencia e ignorancia española destrozan lugar auténtico. 1 stars
El Bund, chinese restaurant.
Chino auténtico "destrozado por la prepotencia e ignorancia del español que dice saber lo que no sabe y que vá de sobrao".
Este restarurante intenta ser auténtico y casi lo consigue. Ahora bien... también se puede morir de éxito. Tras dos visitas a éste lugar y tener la impresión de calidad y buen servicio... En las siguientes visitas he obtenido impresiones muy contradictorias... Se me ha tratado despectivamente, se me ha engañado en la reserva (reservé explícitamente una mesa, se me aseguró que así sería y cuando llegamos... sobre la hora de reserva, tuvimos que esperar 50 minutos añadidos, de pié, en la zona de espera, sin nadie que nos atendiese, todo eran prisas, la mesa concreta reservada y confirmada por el jefe de sala no era ésa sino otra absolutamente distinta y de total disgusto para nosotros, todo eran dificultades y donde dije digo... digo diego... Todo cambiado).
El jefe de sala me trató con muchísima prepotencia y me llegó a decir que ésto es lo que había y si no me gustaba ahí estaba la puerta... El servicio (dado el overbooking en exceso de reservas sin mesa asignada y confirmada...), lento, muy lento, se nos arrojaron los cubiertos sobre la mesa, se nos sirvió platito a platito y con mala calidad humana, muy desde un punto de autosuficiencia y desprecio...etc.
.. si no te gusta: "Esto es lo que hay... ahí tienes la puerta... que vamos de sobráos".
Una verdadera lástima... pues no estaba nada mal en un principio.
Lo dicho: "De éxito... también se puede morir".
Yo, por mi parte, no volveré. Seguiré buscando la autenticidad oriental, el trato respetuoso, nobleza, reconocimiento de los posibles errores y el abandono del trato "pelota" a los que aparentan ser adinerados... (que, por cierto, yo me puedo permitir y me permito comer en los mejores restaurantes del mundo... pero no voy dándome el pote).
Una verguenza y una denigración de la auténtica ética hostelera profesional.
R.I.P.


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Pokerface
Plaza Mayor: A nice place to hang out 3 stars
The Plaza Mayor is a very famous square in the center of Madrid where amongst other things bull fights were once held. The buildings surrounding the square have delicious murals painted on them.
The young gather here late into the night and picnic on the cobble stones of the square. There is also many a restaurant dotted around the circumferance of the square competing against one another for customers. We made the mistake of paying one of these a visit, they are not cheap and the fare is nothing spectacular. The seafood salad was fatty- I didnt think prawns and calamari could be but this proved me wrong! I had the feeling the seafood had been covered in some preservative jelly- nice! The paella that my friends ordered (admittedly cheap at 6€ a plate) was not to be recommended either- the rice was all sticky and apart from the odd lost prawn the main ingredient apart from the rice were bits of chicken nuckle and bone!
We were here as a storm was brewing and it was an atmospheric place to be as the sky darkened and everyone dashed for cover! Definitely worth a visit but not necessarily a good place to eat.


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AvrilP
Skiing near Madrid - 2!
Thanks for the answers for Day trips (3 of you) - what about an overnighter trip? during mid week (going up this school half term). Is there something a little further, more exciting?
Thanks for any help - we would go by car from Madrid.


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AvrilP
Skiing near Madrid
Can anyone recommend a ski resort close to Madrid, for Day Trips only? False beginner and Intermediate level - on ski's not snow board. Thanks

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AvrilP
Come visit Cows on Parade in Madrid! 4 stars
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Spread around the central streets of Madrid are over 100 Cows showing off their artistic new coats! CowParade has arrived in Madrid - showing on the streets only till March 21. Fun for Kids and Adults, some are more clever than others - see the standing Cow at the traffic lights by the Plaza de Colon, waving her bullfighting cape to the oncoming traffic, and closeby the Cow kissing the Strawberry Tree - a clever play on the symbol of Madrid, and the charming Cow in a Teacup on the Paseo de Recoletos! I got a map from their website and took a tour of the city - maybe you'll also uncover areas you've never been to - it is certainly a good way to explore. Enjoy!

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Hienke
French fries and meat, sauces and beer: just go to Cerveceria Patatus! 3 stars
The Cervecería Patatus, at Calle Fuencarral in the area of Malasaña, is a nice place to eat some non-complicated food: french fries and meat. You can choose for different plates or ‘tablas’, like ‘costillas mixtas’ (spare ribs), kip nuggets or beef. For each plate you choose also the number and kind of sauces: 2, 4, 6 or 10! The environment is more like a bar than a restaurant, so don’t expect a cozy, silent restaurant. However, in the back of the accommodation you will find a small area where you can sit down, instead of hanging on bar stools or just standing at the bar, like all the Spanish people like to do. One plate is enough for two people, so buen aproveche!


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Hienke
A very alternative, busy and friendly area of Madrid: Malasaña 4 stars
If you planned a visit to Madrid, you really should go to the ‘barrio’ Malasaña. I lived there for one month and discovered a lot of nice places to go. First, take a walk from Gran Vía to the C/Fuencarral and enjoy all the shops. Every now and then you can take a sideway, like C/S.Barbara, which leads to a small plaza, Plaza de Ildefonso. At the corner go to your right, C/San Pablo. Don’t be surprised of all the graffiti you will see. It is a part of the alternative eighties culture in this area. After a few meters go to the left, to C/Espiritu Santo, where you will find some nice bars and alternative and second hand shops. When you arrive at a small plaza again, go to the right and walk until you see Plaza Dos de Mayo. This is, especially between April and October, a great place for having a dinner, a beer or a cold white wine. Take an ice cream at the corner and walk around. Enjoy all the different people, from old ladies to young kids, playing football, talking, relaxing. Until 2 or 3 in the night, it is busy on the streets with people going out and meeting each other at the bars of Malasaña. Real Spain, you will find it here!


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Hienke
Relaxing, great view, picnic, culture at Parque del Oeste 5 stars
After a long day of walking through Madrid, I decided to go to Parque del Oeste, in the west of the old city center. Parque del Oeste was not only one of Ernest Hemmingway’s favorite spots, also a lot of Madrileños like to visit the park. They read, listen music, have some drinks and chips, in other words: they relax, and that was exactly what I wanted to do.
The best time to go there is at the end of the day, when the sun is on his way back to the horizon, which gives the trees of Casa de Campo and the suburbs of the city a romantic touch and the Templo de Debod -a gift of the Egyptian government- a golden tint. It is a perfect place to enjoy sun, a nice view, culture and a picnic at once.
I often combine a picnic at the park with a visit to Plaza de España, Plaza de Oriente and Palacio Real (before) and the shopping mall and station Príncipe Pío (after).


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Hienke
Noisy, but nice Spanish Restaurant La Divina in Malasaña 4 stars
When my family visited me in Madrid, we wanted to go somewhere for dinner. Not too expensive, as Spanish as possible and in a nice neighborhood. Because my family stayed in an hostel in the vivid area Malasaña, we walked around the Calle Fuencaral, Plaza Dos de Mayo and Calle Divino Pastor. In the last street we found a lovely, small restaurant with very friendly employees. It was called ‘La Divina’, and we ordered salad with tuna, toast with salmon, gambas and jamón, of course patatas bravas and cold patatas with aioli, and different kinds of meet. It was delicious, cheap, but tasteful. Unfortunately they only had a few, not very special, deserts, but the waitress treated us on a liquor and she also took one. The next evening we went again to La Divina!


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Hienke
100 very nice and cheap, small breads at Cien Montaditos in Madrid. 5 stars
My first visit to one of the 100 Montaditos cervecerías, where they offer 100 small bocadillos with delicious filling, was quite an experience. On Wednesday everything is only 1 euro, bocadillos and the drinks also, and on other days it is 1,20 euro’s. So I put my name on the order list and tried to choose a few of the delicacies: gambas con aioli, salmon with Philadelphia cheese or should I take one with patatas de tortilla or the famous jamón iberica? Because the breads are small, you need more than one, but that’s okay, because it is so cheap! You fill in the list, hand it in, pay your 3 or 4 breads (or chose more and share it with your friends like the Spanish people do) and wait until they call your name in the microphone.
On wednesdayevening it can be very crowded, especially in the Cien Montaditos stores in the centre, like C/Montera. Others I know are at C/Mayor and C/Fuencarral. Buen aprovecho!


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Hienke
Impressive view of the Puente Segovia, Palacio and Catedral of Madrid. 4 stars
When I moved to another place in Madrid I once decided to take another metro station near my place, Puertoa del Ángel instead of Príncipe Pio. That was a very good choice! It was in the evening and I walked from the other side of the river to the old city centre. When I crossed the old Segovia bridge, Puente de Segovia, I saw a very beautiful ‘picture’ of the enlightened Palacio and the Catedral . It looked like a fairytale and I was afraid that it would disappear as soon I blinked my eyes. But it was real, so when you want to see a nice view a lot of travelers do not see, go to Puerta del Ángel. From the Puente de Segovia you can follow Calle de Segovia, cross the new Segovia bridge and there starts the old city centre and the great area of La Latina.


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Hienke
Cacophony of styles in the Palacio Real in Madrid. 3 stars
The first weeks of my stay in Madrid I only saw the Palacio Real from the outside: a nice impressive building. When some friends visited me, we decided to go there on Wednesday, because it is for free for EU citizens right then. The plaza, with the arcade and the nice view over the Casa de Campo and the lower city, was great, but then we entered the palace… There we were overflowed with a lot of quite small rooms with each a different style or several styles and colors: rococo, baroque, Asian. For me it was a sort of disappointment actually. But the rooms that are really worth a visit are the Throne hall, Dining room, Farmacía and Billiards room. I was glad I didn’t pay the six Euros entrance, but in the end I was happy that I did visit it.


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pingati007
How a Tour to the Reina Sofia Museum Marked a Turning Point in My Life 4 stars
I had never considered museum tours as part of my travel itinerary until the day I landed in Madrid in a group tour. The trip had been sponsored by our employer and we were required to remain under the tight control of our team leader. The team leader single handedly decided on the program during the tour. Naturally therefore, our group tour took us to some places that I personally had never considered in my itinerary during my previous visits, Museums being among them. During our guided tour of the museum, I was really fascinated by the artistic genius that was portrayed by the displays in the museum. There were wide ranging displays in Reina Sofia Museum, most of which were creations of famous artists such as Picasso, Miro and Dali. Jewelry, pottery and carvings were also well represented.

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mingski
Plaza Mayor, Madrid: A Must Go Place! 5 stars
Plaza Mayor of Madrid

As the name indicates, Plaza Mayor is the many times remodelled town square, the heart of Madrid in history. The square is enclosed by a beautiful four-story public structure with picturesque mural walls depicting the historical metamorphoses of the city. In the middle of this square stands an equestrian statue of Philip II. Entrances and exits to this elevated town square are found in the corners of Plaza Mayor to facilitate the movement of tradesmen and guildsmen who conducted business in this vast public area where the population converged since the time it was built by the Hapsburgs. Today, the plaza is a business area during daytime and the site of the city's nightlife with the population seated in chairs and tables all over the square consuming paella, tapas and wine and the midnight dinner al fresco. The sometimes rather rowdy night crowd spills over into the adjacent narrow streets with establishments providing musical entertainment or dancing like the regular flamenco performances in clubs along Arco de Cochilleros , a strairway entrance to Plaza Mayor. The noise level created by music, dancing, endless arguments, and loud conversations emanating from the square keeps the people of this area awake until the wee hours of the morning. Like in the past, the neighborhood surrounding the plaza is a configuration of mixed use consisting of retail stores across the street in nearby Puerto del Sol, numerous churches, convents, restaurants, groceries, marketplaces of fresh produce, and non-conventional hotels and habitaciones which occupy two or three floors of a building of five floors.

Plaza Mayor continues to epitomize a dynamic Madrid that has substantially expanded to the suburbs over the centuries from this unpretentious town square. So, don't miss this haven of tourists on a trip to Spain!


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Karrr
The metro system 4 stars
In my opinion, Madrid has a really excellent metro system. It is efficient and high speed and is thoroughly easy to use with no lines overlapping and no confusion about where you are going. The trains are generally new and looked after and there is plenty of space and air, espeically on the newer lines (number 10 and the airport line). They have also carried out a lot of renovations recently, which unfortunately meant a lot of closures during the summer but significantly improved the service. The South metro opened a few years ago and the Metro North is in the process of being built, which will cover the towns outside Madrid as well.

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Milfhunter
Joy Madrid Club 4 stars
From the turn of the century through the 70s, Joy was one of the city's most beautiful theaters. Owner Pedro Trapote (who's also the proprietor of Pacha) wisely left its original, multilevel structures intact, with its boxes, corridors and gilt. Everyone (or just about), from the superconservative to the ultracool, finds his or her place here. It is essential, however, to make an effort to please the doorman by looking your best. Entry: 15€

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Milfhunter
Ordago restaurant 3 stars
Small, friendly and welcoming, this Basque restaurant features checkered tablecloths and a dining room full of actors, writers and politicians. The mama, Elena, and her son Andoni serve high-quality home-style cooking. Inigo, the other brother, is in the kitchen with Javier Rodriguez preparing the feast: pimientos rellenos de bacalao, baked bass or hake, Basque flan with cream etc. Try the regional white wine Takoli with your meal. Reservations required. A la carte:24€

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