Double rooms have two twin beds pushed together (typical in Madrid)
Flat-screen TVs are small
The 61-room Petit Palace Italia is a no-frills property with streamlined, contemporary decor, located off Gran Via, a central shopping avenue in Madrid. Minimalist rooms with hardwood floors are clean, with modern bathrooms, small flat-screen TVs, and minibars. Room categories include High-Tech Rooms, which are equipped with laptops, and Family Rooms, which have bunk beds for kids. Freebies include Wi-Fi and bicycle rentals, and though breakfast isn't included in the nightly rate, an ample buffet is on offer. For a touch more luxury, consider the Petit Palace Italia's sister hotel, Petit Palace Alcala Torre, a couple blocks away.
In Chueca, Madrid's lively LGBT neighborhood, full of restaurants, bars, and great small stores
Petit Palace Italia is located on a small street that runs into Gran Via, a historic avenue in 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 hot spots in Madrid. It has a decidedly small-town feel to it, but 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, or dance until the early morning in this buzzing, 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.
18-minute drive to Madrid-Barajas Airport
2 to 10-minute walk to restaurants, bars, shopping, and nightlife
2-minute walk to Cibeles
7-minute walk to Puerta del Sol
9-minute walk to Plaza Mayor
11-minute walk to Plaza de Oriente, home to the Royal Palace, the Royal Theater, and Sabatini Gardens
13-minute walk to Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
15-minute walk to Puerta de Alcala
16-minute walk to La Latina, a nightlife hotspot
16-minute walk to La Almudena Cathedral
18-minute walk to El Prado Museum
18-minute walk to Retiro Park, Madrid's most famous garden
20-minute walk, or 10 minutes via public transportation, to Templo de Debod Park, with great views and an original Egyptian temple
21-minute walk, or 12 minutes via public transportation, to Reina Sofia Museum
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