Exploring Places to Stay at Spain

Spain. That area you’ve been sent to in case you need to learn the “Castellano” approach of learning Spanish and discover later to be peppered with classic architecture and sumptuous cuisine. There might be a handful of restaurants found in the Bay Area catering to the Spanish cuisine-loving crowd. But it still pays, literally and figuratively, to get this side of the Iberian peninsula yourself to get a taste of the place. And it usually starts with checking out which places to stay among major cities found here.

Catalonia Atocha Hotel

A friend working as a carpet cleaner in Chula Vista told me about the eye-catching parquet flooring found in this hotel. Found in central Madrid, some travelers coming in from other areas in Europe would easily find this hotel since it is just about 500 meters away from the Atocha Railway Station. So if your itinerary would include that railway station regardless of whether you’re traveling directly from the US or from another European country, as long as you have a landmark as easy to spot as the Atocha Railway Station, then you’re good to go. The interiors are mostly laced with the contemporary design though. So not too nearly and still relatable. It served as a nice prelude to your travel in the capital city of Madrid.

TRYP Madrid Atocha Hotel

Since Atocha is often pitched as the heart of Madrid when it comes to Spanish tourism, some travel agents make it a point to include TRYP Madrid Atocha Hotel in the itinerary. It is the same carpet cleaner from Chula Vista that gave this crucial tidbit since it’s the other hotel that gets booked quicker. So slots are hard to come by. Why? With a hotel that is just within the proximity of topnotch, high-profile museums like Thyssen, Prado and the Reina Sofia, it is the best hotel to stay for art enthusiasts. Other tourists love how close this hotel is to other tourist hotspots like the Royal Palace and Paseo de la Castellana that it is practically reachable by foot.

Olivia Plaza Hotel

This is one of the hotels in the city of Barcelona that is easiest to locate since it is basically right next to Hard Rock Cafe. It might have been its best landmark so far in order to guide tourists – local and foreign alike – to the nearest shopping havens like Las Ramblas and other joints. People book a room here for a night or two hoping to get the view of Plaza Catalunya and, perhaps its best architectural contribution to Spanish tourism so far, the Gothic Church of Santa Ana. Such views served as a pleasant contrast to the contemporary-styled interiors apart from the comfortable rooms with which you can stay for the weekend.

Finding the right place to stay in your Spanish-themed getaway usually starts in where would you like to explore first. It may be a given that Madrid is the default starting point as 2 out of 3 hotels mentioned here are located there. So getting in touch with your favorite travel agent and suggesting these hotels to be included in your itinerary helps in gaining an early foothold in exploring this side of Europe. And you’d have a heck of fun doing it. Have a happy journey ahead.

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