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Ava Gardner, the Hollywood star in love with Madrid

By | 24 January, 2015 | 0 comments

Ava Gardner en 1951

It was the year 1950. Ava Gardner arrived in our country for the first time for the filming of Pandora and the Flying Dutchman. The atmosphere that she came across in Madrid’s nightlife and the attractions of our culture stayed with the actress forever despite her short stay. Some say that what she really enjoyed was the absence of gossip journalists that would publish her crazy long nights of partying.

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Categories: Madrid Cultura

5 curiosities about the Prado Museum

By | 19 November, 2014 | 0 comments

Curiosidades del Museo del Prado

The Prado Museum celebrates its 195th anniversary today, on November 19th. From our hotel, we wanted to pay a small tribute to it by telling some curiosities and lesser-known facts about this cultural institution that constitutes one of the main tourist attractions in Madrid.

1) On November 19th, entrance is free

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Categories: Madrid Cultura

7 short day trips from Madrid

By | 10 November, 2014 | 0 comments

As well as the attractions that our city has to offer, its location in the heart of Spain makes it the ideal place to visit other beautiful cities that are located nearby.

Today we propose seven short day trips from Madrid that last less than a whole day. Medieval cities, ancient city walls, monuments and natural landscapes just a few hours away. You can leave in the morning and get back to our hotel for dinnertime and then go and enjoy Madrid’s nightlife ;)

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Categories: Madrid Turismo

Theatres a stone’s throw away

By | 24 October, 2014 | 0 comments

Teatro Muñoz Seca, con el Hotel Liabeny al fondo

One of the advantages of the privileged location of our hotel by the Puerta del Sol is the proximity to a large number of theatres, both close to the Gran Vía and to the bohemian district of Las Letras.

The theatres in the city centre are gems in themselves, historical and architectonic gems. Most of them are from the late 19th or early 20th century and they offer unique spaces with the common denominator of chandeliers and red armchairs.

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Categories: Madrid Cultura

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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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

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