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Half a block from the 17th-century Plaza Mayor, and down the street from Sol
The Petit Palace Mayor Plaza is located on a beautiful historic street lined with centuries-old buildings and small shops. Plaza Mayor, a wonderful square first built in the early 17th century and then rebuilt after a huge fire in the 18th century, can be seen from the front door of the property. Puerta del Sol is just down the street, as is Plaza de la Villa, home to the oldest building in Madrid (built in the 15th Century), and the former City Hall. Mercado de San Miguel, located right by the Plaza Mayor, is a gorgeous traditional iron-and-glass market that houses wonderful tapas bars and a few great stores.
Great shopping around Sol and Gran Via are an easy walk away, as is young nightlife in the Huertas neighborhood. La Latina, a tapas and al fresco dining and drinking hot spot is a quick stroll away, and the Austrias area, with beautiful 17th-century architecture and cobblestone streets is just a couple blocks down the street.
Sol is the heart of Madrid, both geographically speaking and in a figurative sense. “Kilometer Zero” (where all roads in Spain are said to start), shopping, dining, nightlife, and major tourist attractions are all here. This means many tourists in Madrid never leave the neighborhood. Also, its central location is ideal for those who like to explore the city on foot. But those who prefer taking public transportation, Sol is one of the major transportation hubs in Madrid, with trains, buses, and several subway lines converging on the same spot.
The Petit Palace Mayor Plaza hotel is located steps from Plaza Mayor and Sol. It's a step above many other Petit hotels in the same chain with its updated, contemporary rooms featuring flat-screen TVs, nicely stocked minibars, and free Wi-Fi. There is also a decent in-room laptop for guests to use free of charge. Big bathrooms are stylish with glass walk-in showers and modern fixtures. The hotel has a trendy industrial-inspired decor with some unfinished pillars, twisted copper pipe lamps, and modern prints throughout. Highlights at this hotel include family rooms with bunk beds and a colorful breakfast room where a buffet is served each morning.