In Madrid, art is the best expression of creativity that has always defined the capital. The museums it has can be summarised in the Triangle of Art (Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen), a concentration of stunning art that requires weeks to contemplate it entirely.
So that is why we want to take a tour through the main museums of Madrid and associate them to a hotel in town, so you know where to stay when traveling to Madrid.
National Library (Paseo Recoletos 20, Telf: 915 807000). 5 million volumes are housed between the walls of this institution that is dedicated to the conservation of documented Spanish heritage. It has a permanent cultural programme. The National Library is open to all and is free of charge.
Where to stay? Hotel Petit Palace Embassy Serrano. The only hotel on Calle Serrano is only 5 minutes away from this temple of learning.
Reina Sofia Museum (Plaza de Santa Isabel 52, Telf: 917 741 000). The Reina Sofia Museum, located in the building of the old Hospital of San Carlos, is a must visit for art lovers. Amongst its collection you will find the works of artists such as Picasso, Juan Gris, Miró, Dalí and Julio Gonzalez. Museum life revolves mainly around room 6 which holds Pablo Picasso’s Guernica, the best painting ever, in the opinion of many, and the sketches and works that shaped it.
Where to stay? Hotel Petit Palace Italia. The breakfast buffet in this hotel in Gran Vía invites you to walk through the 20 minutes by feet that separate you from the Reina Sofia Museum.
Convent of the Descalzas Reales (Plaza de las Descalzas 3, Telf: 915 212 779). A few meters from Madrid ‘s kilometre zero, stands the nuns convent of the Descalzas Reales. Inside, in addition to the nuns who live there, is what probably is the third best gallery of Madrid, with numerous works by artists such as Titian, Brueghel the Elder, Montañes, Pedro Mena or Rubens.
Where to stay? Hotel Petit Palace Londres. 5 minutes walking through the pedestrian streets separate you from this gem in Madrid. You can repeat as many times as you want, and its free on Wednesday.
Museo del Prado (Paseo del Prado s/n, Telf: 902 107 077). It is the art reference in Spain and one of the world’s most important art galleries. Inside, all the art on display does not finish in a painting but with a thorough display of the painters life. Just by naming Goya, Velazquez, El Greco, Raphael, Tiziano, El Bosco, Zurbarán, Durero and Tintoretto you can value the importance of the Prado Museum. The expansion by architect Rafael Moneo, allows to visit the Museum in one day. Essential.
Where to stay? Hotel Petit Palace Puerta del Sol. The Puerta del Sol and El Prado are two symbols of the city, a great pairing for weekend getaways.
Sorolla Museum (Plaza del General Martinez Campos 37, Telf: 913 101 584). A mansion that was the residence of the Valencian painter hosts the most representative collection of his works. It provides the ability to recreate the paintings of the bright beaches that Sorolla popularised, as well as, objects, letters, photographs and other properties that were part of the life of Sorolla.
Where to stay? Hotel Petit Palace Santa Barbara. The light of the rooms in this hotel flood the spaces it occupies, almost like the canvases of the master Sorolla.
Museum Thyssen-Bornemisza (Paseo del Prado 8, Telf: 913 690 151). The most important private art collection in Spain is an excellent example of Spanish American art, impressionist and expressionist. Located in the neoclassical Palace of Villahermosa, in the Paseo del Prado, the Thyssen Museum complements the Prado and Reina Sofia with the display of different movements and styles of the twentieth century, such as Russian Constructivism and German Expressionism.
Where to stay? Hotel Petit Palace Mayor Plaza. The route between hotel and museum also include San Miguel Market, Plaza Santa Ana and of course, the Plaza Mayor.