Madrid Journals

A Weekend in Madrid

A January 2005 trip to Madrid by wimpie999

Madrid Vision Photo, Madrid, Spain More Photos
Quote: We visited Madrid because I was there for work. We discovered a city full of architecture. It was a nice trip.

Fiesta Gran Hotel Colon

Hotel | "Gran Hotel Colon"

I stayed for one night in this hotel for my work and paid around 100€ for the room and breakfast. The room was very large and clean. The breakfast buffet was okay but nothing special. This hotel is a bit out of the city center, but near the metro. You can find more info on the hotel at

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 21, 2005

Fiesta Gran Hotel Colon
Madrid, Spain 28007
34 91 4009900

This is a very nice and modern hotel in the center of Madrid. The rooms are large and clean. In the bathroom, you find everything you need (soap, toothbrushes, combs, and even bathrobes). The room was cleaned every day.

The breakfast buffet was great. There were plenty of things to choose from. But the best thing for this hotel is the location - right in the center of Madrid and within walking distance from all the major sights. There's a metro station within 50m.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 21, 2005

H10 Villa De La Reina
Madrid, Spain 28013

Museo Del Jamón (Museum of Ham)

Restaurant | "Museo del Jamon"

Museo Del Jamón (Museum of Ham) Photo, Madrid, Spain
If you want to taste some tapas or a bocadillo for no money, then you need to go to the "Museo del Jamon". There are a few Museo del Jamons in Madrid, but we went the the one close to the Puerta del Sol. You can choose to have your tapas at the bar or upstairs in the dining room, where you pay a bit more. We had our tapas at the bar because this is a bit more real. You stand between the Madrilenos. The place is nicely decorated, and the ceiling hangs full of hams. When you order, the waiter shouts this to the kitchen, and a few minutes later, you get your plate. We tried the "raciones jamon" and my girlfriend "Plato 7: Jamon con Melon". It was delicious, and we paid for the food and two...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 30, 2005

Museo Del Jamón (Museum of Ham)
Gran Vía, 72
Madrid, Spain
915 412 023

Madrid Vision


Madrid Vision Photo, Madrid, Spain
An easy way to see the city is to take the Madrid Vision buses. You can hop on and hop off as many times you want during the day. They run 3 routes: Historical Madrid, Modern Madrid, and Monumental Madrid. You get some explanations about the things you see during the trip, and this in 8 languages.

We found this an easy way to see the city. We bought tickets for 2 days and also used the buses as a way of transportation. One of the routes stopped very close to our hotel. During the summer, the buses run until midnight. We loved to see Madrid by night in this way.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 22, 2005

Madrid Vision
Center of Madrid Departure Points
Madrid, Spain
(+34) 91 779 18 88