Madrid Map Tourist Attractions
MALASANA AND CHUECA
BHostal-Residencia Dominguez, C. Santa Brigida 1, 1st fl. ( fax 915 32 15 47). M; Tribunal. Go down C. Fuencarral toward Gran Via, turn left on C. Santa Brigida, and climb up a flight. Hospitable young owner ready with tips on local nightlife. English spoken. Singles ‚22, with bath ‚30; doubles with bath and AC ‚40.
Hostal Chelo, C. Hortaleza 17, 3rd fl. (915 32 70 33; www.chelo.com). M: Gran Via. Great location, hospitable and helpful staff. Rooms are spacious, with complete bath. Singles ‚30; doubles ‚38.
Hostal Palacios and Hostal Ribadavia, C. Fuencarral 25, lst-3rd fl. ( 915 31 10 58 or 915 31 48 47). M: Gran Via. Both run by the same cheerful family. Singles ‚20, with bath ‚30; doubles ‚3036; triples ‚4551. AmExMCV.
Hotel San Lorenzo, C. Clavel 8 (915 21 30 57; www.hotelsanlorenzo.com). M: Gran Via. From the Metro, walk down Gran Via and make a left on C. Clavel. New furniture, modern bathrooms, and soundproof windows. Reservations recommended. Singles ‚50; doubles ‚75-85. AmExMCV.
ELSEWHERE AND CAMPING
Budget lodgings are rare near the Chamartin train station, as is the case in most of the residential districts located away from the city center. Near the Madrid-Atocha train station are a handful of hostels, the closest of which are down Po. Santa Maria de la Cabeza. Tourist offices can provide info about the 13 campsites within 50km of Madrid. Similar info is in the Guia Oficial de Campings (official camping guide), a large book they’ll gladly let you peruse. For further camping info, contact the Consejeria de Education de Juventud ( 915 22 29 41).
Albergue Juvenil Santa Cruz de Marcenado (HI), C. de Santa Cruz de Marcenado 28 (915 47 45 32; fax 48 11 96). M: Arguelles. From the Metro, walk 1 block down C. Alberto Aguilera away from C. de la Princesa, turn right on C. de Serrano Jover, then left on C. de Santa Cruz de Marcenado. Separate floors for men and women. Breakfast included. Lockers ‚2. Sheets provided. Laundry ‚3. 3-day max. stay. Quiet hours after midnight. Reception daily 9am-10pm. Curfew 1:30am. Reserve in advance by mail, fax, or in person. Dorms ‚12, under-26 ‚7.80. Nonmembers add ‚3.50. O Camping Alpha (916 95 80 69; fax 83 16 59), on a tree-lined site 12km down Ctra. de Andalucia in Getafe. M: Legazpi. From the Metro station take bus #447 (lOmin. every 30min. until 10pm, ‚1.30); cross the bridge and walk 1.5km back toward Madrid along a busy highway; camping signs lead the way. Pool, showers, and laundry facilities. ‚5 per person, ‚5.30 per tent, ‚5.20 per car. O
In Madrid, it’s not hard to fork it down without forking over too much. Most restaurants offer a menu del dm, which includes bread, one drink, and one choice from each of the day’s selection of appetizers, main courses, and desserts (‚7-9). Many small eateries line Caltes Echegaray, Bentura de la Vega, and Manuel Fernandez Gonzalez
in Huertas; Calle Agurrosa at Lavapies has some funky outdoor cafes, and there are good restaurants up the hill toward Huertas; Calle Fuencarral in Gran Via is lined with cheap eats. Bilbao, the area north of Glorieta de Bilbao, is the place to go for ethnically diverse culinary choices. Bars along Calle Hartzenbusch and Calle Cisneros offer cheap tapas. Keep in mind the following essential buzz words for quicker, cheaper madrileno fare: bocadiUo (a sandwich on a long, hard roll, ‚2-2.80); radon (a large tapa, served with bread ‚2-3.80); and empanada (a puff pastry with meat fillings, ‚1.30-2). Vegetarians should check out the Gvia del Ocio, which has a complete listing of Madrid’s vegetarian havens under the section Otras Cocinas, or the website www.mundovegetariano.com. For groceries, %Dia and Simago are the cheapest supermarket chains. More expensive are Mantequerias Leonesas, Expreso, and Jumbo.
Eli Inshala, C. Amnistia 10 (915 48 26 32). M: Opera. Eclectic menu filled with delicious Spanish, Mexican, Japanese, Italian, and Moroccan dishes. Weekday lunch menu ‚8. Dinner menu ‚8-‚15. Reservations strongly recommended for both lunch and dinner. Open M-Th noon-2pm, F-Sa until 3am. liArroceria Gala, C. Moratin 22 (914 29 25 62). Down the hill from C. Atocha on C. Moratin. The decor is as colorful and varied as the house paella (‚14). Reserve on weekends. Open daily l:30-5pm and 9-llpm.
BEl Estragon Vegetariano, PI. de la Paja 10 ( 913 65 89 82). M: La Latina. Perhaps the best medium-priced restaurant-of any kind-in Madrid, with vegetarian food that could convert even the most die-hard carnivores. Try the delicious menu (M-F ‚9; Sa-Su and evenings ‚18). Open daily l:30-4:30pm and 8pm-lam. AmExMCV. r
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