Laura Blanco

5 traditional things from Madrid that, in fact, are not from here

By | 10 October, 2014 | 0 comments

1) Chotis

Chulapos, por Barcex

The chotis is Madrid’s traditional dance. However, it was not invented here and we can actually find an etymological ‘trap’ that seems to indicate that its origin is also not authentic.

It turns out that chotis comes from schottisch, not from Scotland but rather from Bohemia, more specifically from Vienna. It became popular throughout almost the whole of Europe during the 19th century, and from here it extended to Latin America, where today we can still find the schotis in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay; the xote in Brazil and the shotis in Mexico.

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Categories: Madrid Cultura

Liabeny, one of the best business hotels

By | 2 September, 2014 | 0 comments

Hotel de negocios Liabeny

According to the Cinco Días newspaper in its article “The best hotels to do business in Spain” published last August, our hotel is in 7th place in the ranking of the most booked business hotels in Spain.

The classification contemplates four and five-star hotels around the world and it was made taking into account the preferences of businessmen when booking their hotel on their business trips. Meliá Berlin and Mercure Graz City, in Austria, are at the top of this international ranking.

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Categories: Madrid Eventos

Park of El Retiro: 6 must-sees

By | 29 July, 2014 | 0 comments

If you come to Madrid, especially when the weather is nice, we recommend that you reserve at least one afternoon to visit the park of El Retiro. Here you can sunbathe, enjoy a stroll, go on a boat and see many different street artists, from puppeteers to musicians of all kinds, as well as jugglers and clowns.

This green area of 291 acres was designed in the 17th century as a recreational area for Spanish kings. Inside you can find many paths, gardens, monuments and even a large pond.

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Categories: Guías Madrid

The 15 masterpieces of the Prado Museum

By | 28 July, 2014 | 0 comments

Obras maestras del Prado

The Prado Museum is one of the world’s most important art museums. This great art gallery has its origin in the private collections of the Spanish monarchic dynasties that governed the country many centuries ago.

On its walls we can admire some of the best works of Spanish, Italian, Flemish, French, German, Dutch and British art. This pictorial treasure, which holds more than 27,000 works, has as its main attraction the works by Velázquez, El Greco, Goya, Titian, Rubens and Hieronymus Bosch.

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Categories: Madrid Cultura

Paseo del Prado: 7 must-see stops

By | 16 July, 2014 | 0 comments

Paseo del Prado is a large boulevard located in the cultural centre of Madrid, an area that constitutes one of the main tourist areas in the city. Just a 10-minute walk from each other you can find three of the world’s most famous museums.

The route goes from Plaza de Cibeles to Plaza del Emperador Carlos V, and it offers many stops to visit, both with the buildings that surround it as for the fountains, statues and gardens that you come across while you are walking.

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Categories: Guías Madrid

Las Letras district: 4 must-see stops

By | 9 July, 2014 | 0 comments

As part of our series of routes around the city, today we want to stop in the bohemian Las Letras district. We are talking about the part of the city delimited between Carrera de San Jerónimo, Paseo del Prado, Calle de Atocha and Calle Carretas, who past is intimately linked to hundreds of authors of Spanish literature who used to live there.

Famous names such as Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Quevedo, Tirso de Molina or Góngora were all neighbours of Calle Huertas and its surrounding streets.

This area, of small and mostly pedestrianised streets, is today filled with antiques shops, bookshops, art galleries, music stores, decoration shops and even theatres and literary cafés… a temple for collectors and book lovers.

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Categories: Guías Madrid

Barrio de Palacio: 6 must-see stops

By | 2 July, 2014 | 0 comments

Our hotel is very close to what is known as Barrio de Palacio (Palace District), which starts at Plaza de Oriente and goes across Calle Bailén, San Quintín and Plaza de Isabel II up to the Palacio Real. It is a place where even today you can sense the city’s historical past, not only in the name of the streets but also in the charm of its buildings and monuments.

We begin this post with a theme series on must-see stops to take into account when visiting some of Madrid’s most emblematic areas.

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Categories: Guías Madrid

3 money-saving tips for your next trip to Madrid

By | 30 June, 2014 | 0 comments

If you are looking on how to save money on your trip to Madrid, perhaps you will need these tips that we are going to give to you.

Billete Turístico de Transporte de Madrid

1) Tourist transport ticket

The Madrid tourist transport ticket gives you unlimited travel on metro, bus and regional trains inside a specific period of time. It also includes a map of Madrid with the transport lines and the main tourist sites.

You can buy a ticket for 1, 2, 3, 5 or 7 days in two zones: Madrid city centre (Zone A) or Madrid region (Zone T, which also includes Zone A). You can buy it from any metro station and the Tourist Centre at Sol. Just like the Madrid Card, it is for single use and non-transferable.

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Categories: Hotel Ofertas Liabeny Madrid

Shows for children in Madrid

By | 6 June, 2014 | 0 comments

Madrid con niños

If you come to Madrid with children, they will love having a couple of afternoons just for them. So many museums, day trips and walks deserve a prize!

In Madrid there are many things to do with children. As well as enjoying the Teleférico (cable car) and the Zoo, all year long you can find theatre shows just for children, where magic, fantasy and the most surprising stories ever told come to life.

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Categories: Guías Madrid, Madrid Diversión, Madrid Eventos

Hotel Liabeny: Plaza del Carmen

By | 30 May, 2014 | 0 comments

Cines Madrid

On Plaza del Carmen, right in front of our hotel, one building is the centre of attention. Initially built by Daniel Zavala in 1898 with the purpose of holding a fronton, in 1906 it was given a new cultural use as well as its sporting one: the Central Kursaal was created, a café-chantant, a Madrid-style music hall where illustrious people such as the dramatist and novelist Ramón del Valle-Inclán frequently went to enjoy different shows with the most famous artists of the time.

Also during that time, in the early 20th century, another building of a similar kind was built on Plaza del Carmen on the land where an old bazaar used to be. Salón Chantecler became a very successful entertainment spot during that time with performances by famous cabaret artists such as ‘La Chelito’, with the “Sold Out’ sign being hung outside every day.

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