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Tres miradas al Madrid de Luis Gutiérrez Soto

By | 31 January, 2015 | 0 comments

Edificio Callao

Luis Gutiérrez Soto (1900-1977) was one of the most prolific architects of his time and although his name might be unknown to many, without him Madrid would not have the urban landscape that it has now. Up to 650 architectural projects carry his signature, most of them in our city.

Of a rationalist style and belonging to the Generation of ‘25, many of his works are still intact today. Others, like the old building in Barajas Airport have been lost. Of the more than 20 buildings and projects of his that still remain in Madrid, we’ve chosen the most emblematic ones of each of his artistic phases.

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Ava Gardner, la estrella de Hollywood enamorada de 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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5 curiosidades sobre el Museo del Prado

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

That is how the museum has been celebrating this major day for years, because the original Prado Museum, called the Real Museo de Pinturas, was inaugurated on November 19th 1819. Entrance is also free on International Museum Day, which is on May 18th.

2) It has works from disappeared museums

Even though the royal collection constitutes the main nucleus of the museum, throughout the years the Prado has incorporated works from other museums from around the world that have disappeared: in 1872, Museum of La Trinidad and in 1871 the Modern Art Museum.

Other works come from donations and legacies of private collections, such as those from the Bosch, Durà and Errazu families, and more recently the Várez Fisa family. Lastly, they have also made purchases, such as “The Countess of Chinchón” by Goya.

3) Picasso was the director of the Prado

In September 1936, the Republican government named Pablo Picasso director of the Prado. The museum still preserves a document signed by Manuel Azaña, the President of the Spanish Republican back then, in which it acknowledges this title to Picasso and a yearly salary of 15.000 pesetas.

4) The first catalogue was made by a concierge

Not by a painter, not by a historian and not by a restorer. The first catalogue of the Prado Museum, which included 311 works of Spanish art, was made by the museum concierge Luis Eusebi in 1819. In fact, Eusebi did a great job of preserving the museum, even having responsibilities and power that were in some cases almost those of a deputy director.

5) The “naked room”

It was in fact Luis Eusebi who, in 1827, reminded the museum directors that the museum had loaned a series of naked portraits to the San Fernando Academy in Madrid 30 years before. It was 37 works in total, mainly by Rubens and Titian, and thanks to Eusebi’s intervention they were returned to the museum.
However, when King Fernando VII heard that these kinds of works were going to be exhibited to the public, he stated that “it is His Majesty’s will that under no circumstances will they be exhibited to the public those that due to the lack of decency of its items and other circumstances that they have deserve to be placed in a reserved location”.

Therefore, all the naked portraits were gathered in the so-called Reserved Room, which was set up in the southeastern gallery on the lower floor of the Villanueva building, what are currently rooms 64-67. They stayed there until 1838, when José de Madrazo dismantled it and relocated the works in the themed rooms that they belonged in.

What better opportunity to celebrate the Prado Museum anniversary than coming to Madrid to celebrate it? At Hotel Liabeny we offer fantastic accommodation at a good price and a stone’s throw from the Puerta del Sol. Stay with us by booking on the official website and enjoy our comfortable rooms filled with details at prices that you will not be able to find on any other website.

Teatros a un paseo de distancia

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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5 cosas típicas madrileñas que en realidad no son de aquí

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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La paz de los templos

By | 26 August, 2014 | 0 comments

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Las 15 obras maestras del Museo del Prado

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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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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La Puerta del Sol, escenario clave del 2 de mayo

By | 2 May, 2014 | 0 comments

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Tres musicales que no puedes perderte esta primavera

By | 30 March, 2014 | 0 comments

The music is currently going through an excellent moment in time in Spain. The Gran Vía in Madrid has seen this genre re-emerge in the last few years inside its theatres, with large products viewed by millions of spectators: Les Misérables, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Beauty and the Beast…

Currently, Madrid is the third city in the world with the most musical shows, behind New York and London. If you are coming to Madrid this spring and you like musicals, we recommend three of them:

The Lion King

El Rey León

This great production has been playing in Madrid for over a year, where it will remain exceptionally until the 29th of June. This show has been on stage for 17 years and has had over 70 million spectators around the world.

Based on the homonymous Disney film, the musical is a show of colour, rhythm and music that has earned 70 awards. On the stage of the Teatro Lope de Vega, set up especially for this production, we will see more than 25 different animals, including giraffes of over 20 ft. in height.

Hoy no me puedo levantar

This is a renovated production from the same show that was in Madrid for 4 seasons and another 2 in Barcelona, before going on tour around Spain. It returned to Madrid last year and it will remain here until June 2014 unless it is exceptionally extended.

On this occasion, the scenography has been customised for the Teatro Coliseum, using the latest technologies of theatre representation from around the world.

Marta tiene un marcapasos

Marta tiene un Marcapasos

A Spanish production aimed at 80s nostalgics, similar to Hoy no me puedo levantar, it recovers the songs of the band Hombres G, songs like Venezia, Sufre mamón, Visite nuestro bar, Suéltate el pelo, Nassau, El ataque de las chicas cocodrilo, Temblando, Te quiero… and, of course, Marta tiene un marcapasos.

Performed as a comedy, the musical tells us the story of Marta, a girl who embarks on a trip of self-discovery next to her friend Belén. The show will be performed at the Teatro Gran Vía until the 22nd of June.

Hotel Liabeny is an ideal place to stay if you want to go to Madrid to enjoy the musicals of the Gran Vía. We are located halfway between the Puerta del Sol and the Gran Vía, a five-minute walk from all the main theatres on this avenue.

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