Madrid is the regal Spanish capital and is home to the Royal Family as well as the extraordinary
cultural riches of the Golden Triangle
- the Prado, Reina Sofía and Thyssen-Bornemisza art museums. The labyrinthine streets of the medieval quarter
contrast with the grand boulevards
, laid out in the 18th and 19th centuries when Madrid began to take on the trappings of a modern capital.
Each of Madrid's neighbourhoods are distinctive - Lavapiés, Malasaña and Chueca being the oldest. Many visitors get to know the central area, between the Palacio Real and the Puerta del Sol, Madrid's 'mile zero'. It’s only a short walk from here to Madrid’s main street, the Gran Vía.The Hospes Puerta de Alcalá boasts great views of the Retiro Park
, the city centre's major green space, and is the only hotel in the Puerta de Alcalá. Take a walk down the Gran Vía or stroll through the Puerta del Sol, Retiro Park or Plaza Mayor. Visit the Royal Palace
, the Oriente Palace or the Almudena Cathedral. Go shopping on the Calle Serrano, in the more alternative Chueca district
or in Chamberí.