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On a main shopping street in the Arguelles district
Melia Madrid Princesa is located in the small Arguelles district, just a short walk from Comillas Pontifical University and numerous bus and metro stops. The hotel gets its name from the street it sits on: Calle Princesa, which is a shopper's paradise. This street is lined with numerous boutiques, as well as some restaurants.
Though mainly a residential neighborhood, Arguelles is known for its great shopping. Several tourist attractions, such as Templo de Debod and West Park, are also located nearby. It is a particularly popular district during the summertime when the cafes offer outdoor seating along the park.
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.
From the outside, the Melia Madrid looks like your average business hotel. Step inside, however, and you will be surrounded by distinctive details that give the interior spaces a modern, arty vibe, such as the funky light fixtures, sleek leather couches, and elegant antiques in the airy lobby. In addition to its unique decor, the Melia offers amenities that are a rarity at Madrid hotels, including a small fitness center, indoor pool (fees apply), and a spa (albeit closed on weekends). The real highlight, though, are the spacious rooms with flat-screen TVs, plush beds, red accents, and gorgeous marble bathrooms. The hotel attracts both business and leisure travelers, as it has a business center, event spaces, and a good location near various attractions.