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In the fashionable Salamanca district
Gran Hotel Velazquez is located on a wide, tree-lined street in the fashionable Salamanca district. Salamanca, the most affluent area in the city center, boasts top-notch boutiques, delicious restaurants, and some beautiful mansions. It is also home to traditional markets as well as the U.S. embassy and a small business district.
The capital of Spain is a vibrant, multicultural city located right in the center of the country. The Cuatro Torres business area's additions to the city skyline (four sleek towers, including a hotel and corporate offices) give an idea of what Madrid is rapidly becoming: a sophisticated, cosmopolitan city -- albeit one that preserves its century-old traditions.
The 143-room Gran Hotel Velazquez is located in the upscale Salamanca district near restaurants and shops. The luxurious past of the hotel is seen in the grand marble entrance and the French country decor, but overall the property is lacking certain updates and amenities. While rooms are spacious and comfortable, they have tube TVs or tiny flat-screens, and there is a fee for Wi-Fi. The hotel doesn't have a fitness center or a spa, but there is a salon. The on-site restaurant is tasty and prices are reasonable, making this hotel a solid pick for those looking to stay in the fashionable Salamanca district.