May 15th: San Isidro Festival in Madrid

By | 15 May, 2014 | 0 comments

Chulapos, de  Alex Bikfalvi

There are two dates in the calendar in which the people of Madrid bring out their regional attire. The city dresses up for partying and regional dancing and food take over, food such as the entresijos (lamb mesentery), gallinejas (chitterlings) and rosquillas (doughnuts).

One of those dates is in August, the Festival of the Virgen de la Paloma. However, the more important date is San Isidro, celebrated on May 15th.

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Categories: Madrid Eventos

How to get to Hotel Liabeny on public transport

By | 9 May, 2014 | 0 comments

Metro en la Puerta del Sol

Fortunately, Madrid is excellently communicated which means that getting to our hotel on public transport is easy. If you are going to stay in the city for a few days and you were planning on getting around on public transport, we recommend that you check the rates of the multi-day tickets, that cover 1 to 7 days of unlimited transport.

Depending on whether you arrive to Madrid by train, bus or airplane, or even of your arrival time, we propose a different recommended route to arrive at Hotel Liabeny by the Puerta del Sol. read full article

Categories: Madrid Turismo

How to get from Hotel Liabeny to Madrid-Barajas Airport

By | 24 April, 2014 | 3 comments

Cómo llegar al aeropuerto de Barajas

Our guests often ask us how to get to Madrid-Barajas Airport from our hotel.

Thanks to the modern road and transport infrastructure in Madrid, it is very easy to get to the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport from our hotel despite being in the very heart of the city. You can get there both by car or public transport.

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Categories: General

Preciados Street in Madrid: The origin of the name

By | 10 April, 2014 | 0 comments

Balanza antigua, instrumento de los almotacenes

Located in the heart of Madrid, between Plaza del Callao and the Puerta del Sol, tens of thousands of people walk through Calle Preciados every day. This is perhaps the busiest shopping street in the centre of Madrid and also the most expensive one: it occupies the #5 spot in the world ranking of streets with the highest rent price and it is located just fifty yards from our hotel.

However, few know the origin of its name. The street pays tribute to the Preciado brothers, who were beloved by the people of Madrid thanks to their excellent work as civil servants.

Our history goes back many centuries, back to 1490, when there was still a royal country house in this area that the monarchs used for leisure and recreation.

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Categories: Madrid Diversión, Madrid Turismo

Three unmissable musicals for this spring

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: read full article

Categories: Madrid Cultura, Madrid Diversión

The buildings of Plaza de Callao

By | 20 March, 2014 | 0 comments

Just a few yards from our hotel is Plaza de Callao. This small open esplanade in the middle of the Gran Vía is the meeting point between the streets of Carmen, Preciados, Postigo de San Martín and Jacometrezo, a place that 113 million people walk past every year.

It is wonderful to walk up or down the Gran Vía and stop at Plaza de Callao to admire its beautiful buildings from the early 20th century. However, when we look up to the sky, what can we see? read full article

Categories: Gran Vía de Madrid

Bridges of Madrid

By | 20 February, 2014 | 0 comments

1) Puente Segovia

The oldest bridge that crosses the Manzanares river, dating back to the period of King Felipe II. The king ordered one of favourite engineers to carry out the job, Don Juan de Herrera, who he also entrusted with other constructions such as the monastery of El Escorial and the palace of Aranjuez, among many others.

It is made of granite and characterizes itself for the semi-circular arch that decreases in size the further it goes away from the centre, with the two ends being the smallest.

Puente Segocia, de The City Project

2) Puente de Toledo

Its semi-circular arches and row of balconies are its most characteristic trait, producing a magical effect in the evenings and when the night falls as they reflect in the river’s waters. Of churrigueresque Baroque style, it was built between 1718 and 1732 by the architect Pedro de Ribera.

Puente Toledo, de druidabruxux

3) Puente de los Franceses

Its original name was not this one but the locals ended up giving it its current one due to the nationality of its builders. It was built by the French in approximately 1860 in bricks and granite, with the aim of giving the railway an access to the city.

Puente de los Franceses, de Stable Mechanism

4) Puente de la Reina Victoria

Built in the early 20th century, this reinforced-concrete bridge with Modernist touches owes its name to Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg. Queen Victoria, granddaughter of the famous British queen of the same name, reigned between 1906 and 1931 as the consort of King Alfonso XIII.

Puente de la Reina Victoria, de M. Martín Vicente

5) Twin bridges: Matadero and Invernadero

These are two identical bridges that cross Madrid Río and lead to the old Madrid slaughterhouse, today a cultural space where we can visit art exhibitions and see shows. They are built out of concrete and their vaults have been decorated with mosaics by Daniel Canogar.

Puentes gemelos, de druidabruxux

Categories: Guías Madrid, Madrid Turismo

We excelled in the travel bloggers test

By | 10 February, 2014 | 0 comments

Sometimes, our hotel receives very demanding clients or clients who have been the experience of many hotel nights behind them. Pleasing these experienced travellers is a massive challenge for our whole team. That is why it’s always good to know that when we receive one of them, they leave our hotel satisfied and share their experience with us with the rest of the world.

Recently, we had the chance to have Isaac and Paula among our guests -the authors of the travel blog Chavetas.es-, who chose our hotel to stay in Madrid, as part of an activity that they defined as “social-romantic soiree” and during which they interacted with the hundreds of fans that follow their publications in the social media.

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Categories: General

Casa del Libro, the heart of the Gran Via in Madrid

By | 21 February, 2013 | 0 comments

Carlos Ruiz Zafón would call it the cement of forgotten books. At least he does in his best known best-seller novel in Spain, a real Top Seller, La sombra del viento (The shadow of winter).

However, this museum of books, this real pinnacle of culture and Literature, this oasis of humanities, this festival for reason and the senses, is full of life and has become one of the best known bookshops in Madrid.

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Categories: Gran Vía de Madrid

Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec brighten up Madrid

By | 18 February, 2013 | 0 comments

Did Van Gogh commit suicide or did he die defending his honour? Why did this genial painter drink a liter of absinthe every day? A drink quite close to pure alcohol.

Maybe, these questions about him will never be answered, but being able to enjoy his work in one place is a unique opportunity. This will be Madrid, the capital of Spain, for 3 months.

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