Last week my mom and I spent three days in Madrid, Spain. It was our first trip to main land Spain and we stayed at the Dormirdcine art hotel. I’ve never had a desire to visit Madrid, being a coastal and country person more than a city person, but I found a good deal on Wowcher so I booked it. I’m glad I did as we really enjoyed Madrid.
When I do visit cities, it’s the architecture that I really love.
We had lunch in the touristy Plaza Mayor and watched the strange buskers over delicious tapas and sangria in the warm sunshine.
In Madrid, the sangria is lovely, the coffee vile!
Madrid was full of beautiful people!
We later found ourselves at the very beautiful Retiro Park where my spirits instantly soared as I am always happiest in wide open spaces surrounded by lots of trees.
This is the stunning Crystal Palace. A sort of giant greenhouse with nothing inside it but tweeting birds and awe struck tourists.
I took a long moment to day dream about throwing the most incredible ball every invented, one to rival any Disney movie ball!
That little terrapin was very intent on getting that leg tanned!
In my happy place – a field of daisies! We actually had a lovely siesta listening to the birds tweeting and a busker with a trumpet go through his repertoire over and over. Eventually the wind kicked up and the trumpeter began to sound like someone going through their ringtone menu so we went in search of a thirst quenching ice cream.
I like the Art Deco feel of this monument.
I found Madrid to be clean and spacious and orderly. There were a lot of police, buskers and beautiful people, especially couples. The underground train system was well run, clean and smell free, as well as spacious. I got the impression that the Spanish are well mannered people and all the locals we met were friendly and helpful even if they didn’t speak English.
We found it quite strange that it was hard to find any supermarkets or grocery stores. We found two, in three days of traipsing all around the city!
I always have my eye out for great street art.
After a long day of eating and lying about in parks, we came back to our hotel to change for a much needed dinner. I took the chance to shoot some pictures of this unique hotel while there was no one around. The Dormirdcine is a movie themed hotel, each room with a different theme from a movie. The foyer, bar and breakfast area are beautifully decorated and in a style that I really like, classy opulence.
Our room during the day. At night, there is a fluorescent green light behind the head board that lights up the room. Unfortunately the free wifi was terrible. It was hardly even worth using and reception were no help. One receptionist said they were aware it was slow, another didn’t seem to think there was a problem. We spoke to other guests who were also disappointed. For international travellers, free wifi at your accommodation is essential. I don’t turn on data roaming on my phone, so my only way of contact is through free wifi.
I did find free wifi in the city provided in some public spaces by a company called Gowex who I registered with and was able to use when I saw their sign somewhere. Some of the restaurants we stopped at also had free wifi that was fast and enabled me to upload my Instagram photos.
I used Triposos’s Madrid app to find things for us to do and places to eat and The Geographic Club restaurant was highly recommended. Apparently it used to be a museum and despite the interesting and fascinating decor, felt like you were having dinner in a museum in the restaurant area, a bit cold and atmosphere-less.
The placemates were fascinating while we waited for our dinner. We talked about how the world was discovered and marvelled at ancient map drawing.
Thankfully the food was excellent. My mother had salmon and I had baby lamb chops and both were delicious, followed by an enormous melting brownie which we devoured in about 30 seconds! I would highly recommend eating at The Geographic Club and in fact enjoying a drink in one of their two bars first as it seems the Spanish eat their dinner quite late!
Come back tomorrow for day two and three where we explore inside some amazing church’s and cathedrals. I have never been inside one before and I was blown away by the art work!