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On a pedestrian-only street in the heart of Madrid's Sol neighborhood
The location of the Petit Palace Puerta Del Sol in the historic heart of Madrid is hard to beat. The hotel and Plaza Mayor, the Royal Palace, La Almudena Cathedral, the Royal Theater, Sabatini Gardens, and of course, Puerta Del Sol (a popular square) are all within a five-minute walk. Arenal is a pedestrian street running from Puerta Del Sol to Opera, where the Royal Theater is located. The central location brings hordes of tourists and locals alike, day and night. There's a popular nightclub and concert hall across the street from the hotel (noise and crowds can be annoying).
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 hotspot is a quick stroll away (cross beautiful Plaza Mayor to get there), and the Austrias area, with lovely 17th-century architecture and cobblestone streets is just a few blocks down Arenal 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 may never leave the neighborhood. Its central location is ideal for those who want to explore the city on foot. Sol is also one of the major transportation hubs in Madrid, with trains, buses, and several subway lines converging on the same spot.
The Petit Palace Puerta Del Sol blends the history of its 19th century building with modern touches. All 64 rooms have flat-screen TVs, laptops, hardwood floors, and free Wi-Fi. Bathrooms have modern fixtures, but some of the hydro-massage showers are on the narrow side. The history of the building can be seen in the common areas, which feature exposed brick and intricate iron work. The biggest attraction here is the location in the heart of Madrid near Puerta del Sol, a popular square. It is especially easy to explore this bustling area with the hotel's free bike rentals.