Time flies. It’s been almost a month since we visited Madrid! Sometimes we miss this city terribly, that’s why when we come back we never know wether to visit new shops, restaurants, etc, or come back to our usual favourites. Well, this time we stopped for a coffee in our favourite café, we had lunch in our favourite market and stayed in a new hotel that we wanted to check for a long time. Here you have some tips and pictures, if you’d like to see…
We stayed at Posada del Peine, the oldest hotel in Madrid. It was renovated a few years ago and since then I was dying to stay there. The building didn’t disappoint. Beautiful inside out, it’s really modern but somehow preserves the charm of old times. And what a location! A few meters away from Plaza Mayor and just in the heart of Madrid de los Austrias, the most charming distric of Madrid.
Our room was located in one of the top floors so we had wonderful views . Here’s P. in one of our two balconies wearing JCrew shorts, Mango top (similar here) and Fossil watch (similar here), in case you are interested. Beautiful smile is model’s own ;) Look at that wonderful wooden staircase! I wonder how many people have stayed in this hotel… how many stories! If walls (or stairs, in this case) could talk… Our room was comfy and kind of edgy. The bathroom was a sort of a opaque glass box (fancy!). The best feature were the two wonderful balconies. At night we could leave the doors open and we would wake up to the sound of bells from a nearby church. Lovely. Then we would head to breakfast and try to avoid this… Churros and porras! Can you tell the difference? Churros are the small ones, Porras are the big ones. To be honest, breakfast was average. Not the best one we’ve had, but it had quite an assortment of fruits, pastries and cold meats. Enough to keep you satisfied but not utterly delicious.
All in all, we recommend this hotel if you want to discover the heart of Madrid and its typical atmosphere. The location is unbeatable for you can walk to almost everywhere. We had a not so nice experience with one person at the reception desk and when we complained, the manager herself apologized. So I think that means they care about their guests. We forgot the incident immediately and left happy.
One of the perks of this hotel is that it’s really close to one of our favourite gourmet spots in Madrid: Mercado de San Miguel. This traditional market was updated a few years ago and turned into a wonderful meeting point for the best Spanish produce. You can’t leave without savouring the most delicious cold meats at the Carrasco Guijuelo stall. For those with a sweet tooth, Horno San Onofre is mandatory. Lately, it has turned into one of the most touristy places of Madrid, but it’s still really good and worth a visit. Thousands of people can’t be wrong, no? Tried to avoid peak hours and you’ll be fine.
Obviously, every time we visit Madrid we walk and walk… Bad weather, I know. That was July in Madrid. Unbelievable, huh? It’s my fault. I carry some clouds with me everywhere I go. But! Nothing better to face an unexpectedly cold afternoon in Madrid than enjoying a cup of coffee and a nice conversation at El Espejo. This restaurant has the most beautiful cristal pavilion in Madrid. Isn’t it beautiful? We celebrated our wedding here four years ago… As I said, time flies!