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In Chueca, Madrid’s lively LGBT neighborhood, full of restaurants, bars, and great small stores
The Hotel Lusso Infantas is located on a small street parallel to Gran Via, an historic avenue that runs through the heart of Madrid. There are dozens of restaurants and cafes nearby, and many major attractions such as Cibeles, El Prado Museum, Puerta del Sol, and Plaza Mayor are within easy walking distance.
Chueca, with its narrow, winding streets full of small, intimate restaurants, lively bars, and gay-friendly venues, is one of the nightlife hotspots in Madrid. It has a decidedly small-town feel to it, but it is undergoing a major overhaul, and areas that were somewhat forgotten are now must-sees, such as San Anton Market, a three-story marketplace with wonderful stores and a beautiful rooftop terrace open year-round. From Thursday to Sunday night, hordes of young locals and tourists alike go bar-hopping, have tapas, and dance until the early morning in this hopping, young neighborhood.
Gran Via is one of the main thoroughfares in central Madrid, so expect crowds and traffic day and night. The subway, bus and train are nearby, but many attractions are within easy walking distance.
The upscale Hotel Lusso Infantas has a great location on the southeastern side of hopping Chueca, two short blocks from Gran Via. All 40 rooms have solid amenities including flat-screen TVs, stocked minibars, free Wi-Fi, and nice, updated bathrooms -- some of which open to a small Juliet balcony. There are eight bright superior rooms that offer even more space. Hotel perks include a solid Mediterranean restaurant, 24-hour room service, free use of iPads, and bicycle rental available upon request. While the decor is somewhat plain and the standard rooms lack coffeemakers, this boutique property has a great location and relaxed vibe.