By Deanna Niles McConnell
Madrid
Spain
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Beloved by writers, expats, Madrilenos and everyone in between, Madrid is the heart of Spain. Madrid is the bright-eyed capital of the country; a dazzling and adventurous city for those who live and travel passionately. The elegant and energetic spirit of Madrid is legendary, visible in its glorious architecture and the pulsing beat of the nightlife. Here at EscapeWizard.com we know that Madrid is perfect for those who can go all day and into the evening: museums and palaces by day, a siesta, and dancing until dawn before having some churros con chocolate is a typical day during a Madrid vacation.

Getting to and from Madrid is as easy as can be, especially when using EscapeWizard.com’s flight search feature (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). International flights on most major carriers fly through Madrid’s Barajas International Airport (MAD), which is accessible from Madrid’s city center via the excellent subway service. Train service to both northern and southern destinations can be found through train stations at the Chamartin and Atocha stops on the Madrid transist system. Once travelers reach downtown Madrid, accommodations are plentiful in every price range. Use the EscapeWizard.com hotel finder to locate the best hotel for your Madrid vacation (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl). Here at EscapeWizard.com, we recommend the InterContinental as our top selection in the city. Book your hotel experience today.

Madrid is a heavenly destination for art lovers. The Golden Museum Triangle includes the Reina Sofia National Museum and Art Center, home of Madrid’s biggest modern art collection; the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum of Art and its works by classic and modern artists; and the Museo del Prado. EscapeWizard.com recommends the Prado which is renowned for its collection of art by Bosch, Velazquez, Caravaggio, and El Greco. Not all of Madrid’s artistry is contained within museums; the magnificent Palacio de Telecomunicaciones is an incredible structure that is likely the most ornate post office you will ever see. Madrid is also the home of Spain’s royal family, and the grand Palacio Real and gardens are not to be missed. And lastly, EscapeWizard.com recommends seeing the Toledo Arch during your stay in the city.

Though Madrid has one of the best transit systems in Europe, few cities are as enjoyable to walk through as Madrid and here at EscapeWizard.com we highly recommend taking a stroll to take in the sites of the city.  Numerous plazas, such as Plaza Mayor, encourage long conversations and people watching.  This is a good jumping off point for walking tours of Sol, Gran Via, and through El Retiro, an extensive and pretty park.  Further neighborhoods worth exploring are GLBT-friendly Chueca, the student-heavy borough of Moncloa, and the cafes and artsy charm of Tribunal.

One of the best aspects of Madrid is the nightlife, and here at EscapeWizard.com we recommend making sure to take in a night on the town during your stay. The night generally begins around 11pm, after a late dinner. Madrid has a variety of bars and clubs scattered throughout the city. One of the most famous is Kapital, a seven-story mecca of music and dancing. The Palacio Gaviria is designed to look a 16th century palace and has a few floors with different types of music. Wandering through Madrid’s Gran Via or Sol neighborhoods after-hours is sure to provide ample opportunity to enjoy oneself at any kind of venue.

Sometimes overlooked in favor of Paris or Rome, Madrid, Spain has more than enough to hold its own as a vacation destination. There’s no shortage of fun or cultural sights in this incredible mountain city. Using EscapeWizard.com, a rollicking vacation in Madrid is only a few clicks away!
Hotels in Madrid
By Lacey Buck
Sheraton Madrid Mirasierra
Calle Alfredo Marquerie, 43, 28034 Madrid, Spain
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Nestled in a quiet suburban community, the Sheraton Madrid Mirasierra Hotel & Spa offers guests a retreat for rest, relaxation, and entertainment right next to the bustling, historical city of Madrid. Located only ten minutes from Madrid-Barajas Airport, you can travel to the Sheraton Madrid Mirasierra via the hotel’s complimentary shuttle. Onsite parking is available for a daily fee for guests traveling by car, and a nearby Metro station provides quick transit to the city.  If you arrive prior to the 2 p.m. check-in time, take advantage of the hotel’s luggage service so you can explore the local attractions at your leisure.
 
Every room at the Sheraton Madrid Mirasierra is a suite featuring separate living and sleeping areas, with large windows to showcase a gorgeous view of the Sierra Madre mountain range. In the bedroom, you will find the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Bed, available from twin to king and designed to let you rest in the utmost comfort.  Enjoy free cable TV or surf the wireless high-speed Internet, available in the guest rooms for a daily fee and complimentary in public areas of the hotel. Every suite contains a mini-bar, microwave, coffee and tea kit, as well as individual climate control.  If you’d like to stay in and have someone else do the cooking, just call the 24-hour room service to have gourmet food delivered to your door.
 
You will never find any shortage of things to do during your stay at the Sheraton Madrid Mirasierra, even if you choose to never leave the hotel!  Savor the Spanish fusion cuisine available at the onsite restaurant Verdil and at La Beguine Lounge, or have a drink at the lobby bar. Practice your cannonball at the pool or visit the hotel spa, where you can get a beauty treatment or massage and refresh in the sauna and Turkish bath.  There is also a fitness center available for guest use, where a personal trainer can help you reach your fitness goals.  If you’re looking to get out and explore the community, the 24-hour concierge service is ready to direct you to local attractions such as the Prado Museum or the Plaza de Toros Bull Ring.
 
You might be sad to leave the luxury of the Sheraton Madrid Mirasierra, but be sure to check out by 12 p.m. Click this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to book your stay at the Sheraton Madrid Mirasierra today!
Hotels in Madrid
By Katelyn Mohney
Westin Palace, Madrid
Plaza de las Cortes, 7, Madrid, Spain
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The Westin® Palace in Madrid, Spain is located 8 miles away from the Barajas Airport. The hotel offers guests transportation from the Airport to the Westin Palace and back to the Barajas Airport on the day of departure by way of Mercedes Sedan, which can seat 3 passengers or a minivan, which can seat up to 6 passengers. The Chamartin Railway Station is located less than 3 miles from the hotel and the Atocha Railway Station is located within walking distance of the hotel. Both of these railway station provide visitors and locals with easy transportation for exploration and navigation through the wondrous city of Madrid. Check in ends at 2 p.m. and check-out ends at 12 p.m.

The hotel offers deluxe, premium and executive guest rooms, and junior executive or royal suites. All rooms feature the Westin Heavenly Bed®, on which you are certain to sleep like a baby and wake well rested and ready for a great day in Madrid. All rooms offer guests access to a high speed internet connection for a daily fee and a high definition television with standard and premium channels and the option to rent pay-per-view movies directly through the television. The climate in guest rooms in controlled through the thermostat and air conditioning system located in the room, assuring all guests maximum comfort. Guest room bathrooms never allow guests to feel cramped and create a calm and comfortable environment, with slippers and bathrobes.

No one goes hungry at The Westin® Palace, which offers a variety of restaurants located inside the hotel and room service which is available 24 hours a day.

The Westin® Palace is the perfect place to stay during your trip to Madrid, Spain. Please allow EscapeWizard.com to help you make reservations today. Simply follow this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to make your vacation a reality.