|Stunning location for a fairytale wedding. A wonderful happy day.|
A fairy tale wedding in Madrid at the Casino de Madrid, fabulous fun with friends at Platea, tickets for the Real Madrid vs Villa Real match and a tour of the stadium. Lots of very enjoyable strolls, lunches and evenings with friends.
Madrid is one of my favorite cities - no secret there [previous trip]. A few hiccups with hotel booking I had hoped we were staying in Vinnci's The Mint but fortunately I found out, just in time and by accident, that the hotel's double room doesn't allow an extra bed for my 12-year-old princess. Frantically had to last minute re-book, maybe it was just as well as communication with The Mint was fraught and almost impossible but managed to cancel before incurring a penalty. We did go to check out their rooftop bar whilst there which I had fallen in love with from the online photos - it was closed. Kismet.
I booked us 6 nights at the 4* Maria Elena Palace, Calle Aduana 19, it came to a very reasonable KD 209 (breakfast not included but there is a Starbucks at the end of the road). The Maria Elena is undergoing some refurbishment but didn't bother us, staff were magnificent, get a quiet inside room as some on the street are noisy at weekends a friend told us, room was nice, really comfy bed, housekeeping superb, great location walking distance to Sol (Mercado San Miguel, Primark on Gran Via, Retiro Park), free good wifi but would have liked more English TV channels only found CNN but we weren't there to watch TV.
Madrid is lively, artsy, vibrant, friendly and incredibly cool. The weather was a little rainy
in April but didn't stop us enjoying the sights, tastes and sounds of this gorgeous
Primark on Gran Via. A huge beautiful store spread over 4 floors with mobile phone recharge spots (take your recharge cable) you will need to recharge your phone as we were there for hours and lost each other a few times.
Madrid City Tour was a perfect thing to do on a rainy day just hop on and pay but make sure you can sit by the window as they do steam up and are better opened as long as rain is not coming in sideways. I could not manage to get my family into the Prado, Reina Sofia or the Thyssen museums but I had done them last trip and so was not forcing the issue.
Mercado San Miguel is a lovely place for a casual lunch or supper, Platea at Plaza Colon is not to be missed especially on a Saturday night when they had a free show, which was truly amazing.
Loads and loads of things to do in Madrid; fabulous museums, shopping, food, parks, a good walking city but there are bikes for rent too. We did miss out on BBike beer bar tandem cycle and although it's touted as the healthiest beer one has to wonder if it's not a traffic hazard. Toledo and Segovia are ancient beautiful cities and are only a short train ride from Madrid.
We love, love, love Madrid.