Step outside the hotel on to the grand Paseo de la Castellana. Lined with skyscrapers and terrace cafés, it's the city’s longest and widest avenue. Head south, stopping to admire the monumental neo-classical buildings around Plaza de Cibeles, including Madrid City Hall. The Círculo de Bellas Artes is a must for coffee and cake served by elderly, white-aproned waiters or just visit its rooftop terrace which affords one of the most spectacular views of Madrid. Then join the throngs of Madrileños - and their dogs - in El Retiro, the city’s beloved park. The lake has boats for hire.
Tread in the footsteps of Cervantes in the Barrio de las Letras, the cobblestoned literary quarter of Madrid with its antique art and book shops. Nearby is the city's "Museum Mile", where you can gaze at countless Goyas in the Prado Museum, or be moved by Picasso’s "Guernica" at the Reina Sofía Museum. Walk over to Calle de las Huertas for some eclectic fashion shopping. Popular Plaza Santa Ana with its outdoor cafés is where the locals go for an after-work plate of tapas and a cold beer.
Watching the sun set from the Egyptian Temple of Debod is an experience you won’t forget. Then take a walk to the Palacio Real complex and admire the 18th-century buildings – all magically lit at night. The magnificent Plaza Mayor, once the scene of bullfights, is the place to try the city’s most iconic street food: a fried squid sandwich. You can satisfy your craving for a glass of Rioja in the old taverns of La Latina, or squeeze into the Mercado de San Miguel for stand-up plates of paella.
Here you can visit the largest greenhouse in Madrid and feel like you are in the middle of the rain forest while you wait for your train.
The colourful Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place on the first Wednesday of every month. Before going, please check with the concierge for details.
This popular, enclosed late-medieval square in the centre of Madrid has been a market as well as a place for festivals, bull fights, coronations and executions. It has also been destroyed several times by fire.
This is the only park in the world where there is a statue dedicated to the Devil. It is called the Fallen Angel. The Retiro Park is considered the 'lung' of Madrid and is a very beautiful meeting point. You can rent a boat in its lake and admire the beautiful Crystal Palace.