Its been over a month since we got back from Spain, but the experience is as fresh as it was then. I had such a fulfilling and enjoyable holiday that has left me yearning for more visits to this beautiful country! I think what made it so special was the people who went out of their way to make each of our days and experiences beautiful and comfortable. I had posted pictures from our stay at Barcelona here, and this post is dedicated to Madrid, one of the other cities we visited.
We stayed at the Artrip Hotel at Madrid, which was located next to the Reina Sofia Museum of Arts and very close to the Prado Museum. The hotel staff was the best we have had across Europe and whole heartedly recommend looking that hotel up on your visit to Madrid!
The hotel was very close to the Atocha Station, which is central to Madrid, and all the main attractions were very walkable, atleast for us. We had a Book guide with multiple walking tour options which proved invaluable in covering everything in the 2 1/2 days that we had at Madrid.
My favorite was the Crystal Palace at the center of the Retiro Park. They had placed a number of wooden rocking chairs with classic books in various languages tied with a ribbon, for anyone to sit and read. I had such an epiphany standing in the middle of the glass place, imagining how it would be in winter to sit on one of the many rocking chairs reading a classic! I would have to do that once in my life! It had a small lake in front with small steps, the view was mesmerizing. I fell in love with the city!