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A Spanish spin on joie de vivre
Be honest: when you hear the words laissez-faire or savoir-vivre, the first place that comes to mind is Paris, right? There’s another European city giving the French capital a run for its money as the centre of the good life: Madrid. Fiery flamenco, prodigious night owls, football fit for a king – this city never sleeps a wink. But Spanish laissez-faire extends well beyond the historic streets of the old town. It’s also in every nook and cranny of the Motel One Madrid-Plaza de España – especially in the One Lounge. You can hear the clacking of castanets in our cosy, flamenco-red velvet armchairs. Order ‘una sangría, por favor’ in your best Spanish at the hotel bar and watch the hustle and bustle through the large panorama windows. Did you know that your hotel is situated in one of Madrid’s most beautiful squares? Plaza de España is at the very heart of Madrid’s cultural scene. And it’s something we’re mighty proud of – so proud, in fact, that our lounge is adorned with a stylish neon sign that reads ‘Plaza España’. It’s just screaming for a selfie, isn’t it?
May we introduce you to your Madrid city guide? The hotel itself does a super job. A huge map of the city hanging in the lounge at Motel One Madrid-Plaza de España will show you the way from the Plaza Mayor along the Gran Vía to the Palacio Real. Looking for sightseeing tips? Check out the fun architectural puzzle game in your room. Make yourself comfortable in your box-spring bed, study the black-and-white pictures of Madrid’s most iconic buildings on the wall and see if you can tell which is which. And if you’re stumped, simply log onto our free WiFi and look up the city’s famed sites – a little cheating is allowed. Ready to check it all out in person now? Great! First stop: Plaza de España. Get to know your hotel’s namesake up close and personal. The square covers more than 70,000 square metres, with countless opportunities for visitors to stroll, linger and relax. Next up: Palacio Real de Madrid. This 18th-century palace is home to nobility and the well-heeled. Read: ‘rich and royal’. Estadio Santiago Bernabéu houses different kinds of kings: this stadium is where Real Madrid, also known as ‘the royals’, grace the sacred turf. On the way back to your hotel, take a detour toward the city centre and check out Gran Vía, the ‘lifeline of Madrid’. Would you believe that more than 10 million people walk down this boulevard every year? Final stop: your Hotel Madrid. But don’t worry! There’s no bedtime here. Because as you know, Madrid is the city that never sleeps.