The most traditional natural magic of Madrid

Authentic by nature and historical by tradition, that’s Madrid. A capital that oozes style and culture and is home to many places where time seems to stop … Places that are a hundred percent Madrid in which you can breathe in the local essence that attracts thousands of travelers.

Although there are lots of visitors who seem to stick with the tourist areas of the capital (such as Retiro Park, the crowded Plaza Mayor and Gran Via), Madrid is much more than a museum, a large avenue or a total entertainment program. How can you discover the authentic, traditional side of Madrid? That is easy, just opt for these alternative visits to the true Madrid, which still bears the natural magic of the past.

Chamberí, Madrid

Chamberí, Madrid

Wander through the streets of Chamberí

Part of the essence of Madrid lies in Chamberí, a neighborhood which breathes the past but is all that is good in the present. With its iron balconies, its tiny streets and a calm and quiet that you don’t find everywhere in Madrid, Chamberí is home to unique places and iconic sights such as the Sala Galileo Galilei the Luchanas Theater or the Olavide Square with its many tapas and beer bars.

Literary Madrid

As much as Madrid was in the past, it is now and it will continue to be the place of residence of the most important writers in our country. Writers of the stature of Cervantes (who lived his last years in Madrid), Calderon de la Barca or Quevedo who viewed the city as a source of supreme inspiration and a unique place in which to unleash his literary talent. What would be your perfect program? Visit some of the places that are part of this legacy such as the Calle del Prado and Plaza Santa Ana.

Where to stay in Madrid

As expected in any big city, our capital Madrid has a very large range of hotels to suit all tastes and for all types of customers (singles, couples, groups of friends, tourists traveling with animals and so on). Given that choice can start to be complicated, it is best to prioritize what really interests you, whether it is services, location or price.
For those looking for hotels with charm, there is nothing better than choosing hotels like the Petit Palace Triball, the Petit Palace Alcala Torre or the Petit Palace Arturo Soria; three full service hotels situated in the historic center of Madrid.

Amazing spots for your next holiday

Almost any place can be amazing on holidays, but if you really want to enjoy the destination and brag about its idyllic corners on Social Networks, here are some useful tips, so you won’t miss the secret spots and you will be the envy of your Facebook and Instagram friends.

Playa de Muro

Sunbathing on a Balinese bed, listening to the waves, drinking a fruity cocktail, smelling the sea breeze and the delicious paella that is being cooked within a few steps,  palm trees, amazing pool…All these and much more in northern Majorca with one of the most beautiful beaches in this idyllic island, Playa de Muro. Recommendation: avoid the crowds and look for a hotel with direct access to the beach like IBEROSTAR Playa de Muro Village or Playa Garden Selection Hotel & Spa.

Aerial view of Playa de Muro; picture: gardenhotels.com

Aerial view of Playa de Muro; picture: gardenhotels.com

Morrojable

Some tapas on the seaside of a charming fishermen town while watching the sunset, having some drinks with friends, having fun, enjoying the peaceful atmosphere…Morrojable is one of the best places to disconnect from the daily routine and enjoy life to the fullest. If you have already booked your hotel in Playa Jandia, you should visit this town, its weekly market and the taverns offering typical Canarian food.  Hotels in the south of Fuerteventura make your stay memorable.

Flecha del Rompido

One of the few unspoiled beaches in Spain, a secret spot where to get lost in summer in the south of Andalusia. This amazing stretch of sandy beach on the seaside is one of the best must-see places in Huelva. You, your beach towel and a great book. What more can you ask for? There are not many hotels in this area, but you can always stay at a high quality Only Adults hotel at affordable prices: Garden Playanatural.

Flecha del Rompido, Huelva. Picture: ctmalagunas.blogspot.com

Flecha del Rompido, Huelva. Picture: ctmalagunas.blogspot.com

Cala Bendinat

Mallorca is full of secret spots, so we must mention another one: a hidden cove on Calvia’s coast, near two of the most glamorous and exclusive areas in the island. We find a small stretch of white sand surrounded by rocks along the sea, offering us multiple relax options.  We can find a luxury accommodation far from the bustle, where you will be treated like a king: new IBEROSTAR Grand Portals Nous. If you want to indulge yourself, visit this amazing hotel.

Madrid’s Gran Via

A paradise in the heart of the city, a magic spot where everything can happen and adventure, emotion and beauty live together. Gran Via reflects the authentic Madrid: multicultural people, original shops and boutiques, art and shows at the streets, roofs from where to admire the city…Nothing compared to Vincci Capitol hotel, built in an emblematic cinema in Madrid, with themed rooms offering you a memorable holiday.

Golf, spa… What are you planning for your next holidays?

There are all types of travellers. You might have even found people with whom travelling is impossible. Yes, not everybody is good at everything… And enjoying a trip, which seems a piece of cake, may be hard if the chosen company is not the adequate one. The same happens when we plan our trip according to our budget: it is true that we have to adjust to it, but if we are planning a holiday, it has to include our preferred activities. There are prices for all pockets, the important thing is to adapt to your needs. And make a good search.

Golf holidays?

Yes, golf packages might be expensive. Most of the people consider this sport an activity reserved for elite travellers with a medium-high budget, but there are more and more interesting opportunities to get, specially during low season, golf getaways at an adjusted budget. Do not give up: if you want to enjoy your holidays practising your swing, check out the official website of these accommodations of the IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts chain:

  • Iberostar Royal Andalus.- It is a golf hotel in Chiclana with all type of 4-star services and located in front of La Barrosa beach, one of the most beautiful sandy areas of the coast of Cadiz.

  • Iberostar Isla Canela.- This golf hotel in Isla Canela is a luxury accommodation designed for golf lovers, as it is located in one of the best golf courts of Andalusia.

  • Grand Hotel Salomé.-If you are looking for a destination with a permanent good weather and a relaxing atmosphere, this spa hotel in Tenerife with golf course is your best option. However, it is a 5-star hotel, so its prices will always be higher than those of the other ones.

Relax and wellness?

If you are thinking of a holiday of relax, calmness, good gastronomy and wellness, nothing better than a good spa hotel at the seafront, located in a natural setting and with all the possible services within your reach. Yes, it may look like a dream now that you are reading about it from your office chair, on an ordinary busy work day, but it is more attainable than you think. Check out the availability of dates and packages in the following hotels:

  • Fergus Style Palacio Mojácar.- It is a 4-star hotel located in the village of Mojácar, near the beach and with a good quality price ratio.

  • Cabogata Garden and Cabogata Mar Garden.- Two similar hotels which combine a complete sport and wellness offer with special treatments and a perfect setting for the practice of all types of sports, the Cabo de Gata Natural Park.

Luxury hotel tendencies for 2016

Time has changed the concept we had of luxury holidays. Luxury does not imply an excessively ornate hotel with butler, concierge, porter, caviar and vain people any more. Now almost anyone who saves a bit of money can afford a 4-day getaway to a 5-star hotel in some of the best destinations of Spain, and even Europe. The luxury hotels in Madrid, Barcelona, Berlin, Balearic or Canary Islands have changed their philosophy and their proposal: everybody deserves a stay in an accommodation full of commodities and special services, without thereby implying a place without soul exclusively for the elite.

This is the philosophy of the new luxury hotels in Tenerife, like the Grand Hotel Mencey, a proposal of Iberostar Hotels & Resorts that has recovered one of the oldest hotels in Spain and has opened it to a public of all ages, nationalities and acquisitive power. Without losing the class and elegance of an exclusive luxury, well-cared, discreet and quiet hotel, this accommodation in the centre of Santa Cruz has democratised its experiences, opening its doors so that we enjoy its charms: its stunning wellness and spa area, with thousands of square metre devoted to body and mind wellness; its fitness area and its lounge bar with terrace, with daily events open to the external public and to the locals as a leisure and relax alternative in Santa Cruz.

The Los Menceyes restaurant, with the already famous Mencey Cooking Class, is a meeting point for locals, personalities of the society of Tenerife, business people and those who want to enjoy a special gastronomic experience, celebrate an anniversary or organise a wedding or a business event.

Luxury hotels

Luxury hotels

Another option with a clear tendency in the section of luxury hotels is the hotel chain Vincci Hotels. In this case the exclusivity is kept and the hotel chain bets for large resorts with endless services in traditional high class areas for holidays, wellness and golf tourism, which are elements traditionally associated with the 5-star hotels in Malaga, Majorca or Ibiza.

But this chain has developed different lines of action in this sense. And almost in the opposite direction, it offers us an alternative to enjoy our luxury holidays based on personalised attention, small details, intimate atmosphere… We are talking about the hotel in Benalmádena with spa and gastronomy, the Selección Aleysa Boutique & Spa, a hotel with few rooms and selected services for an elite atmosphere.

Talking about luxury implies talking about capitals, as the best-cared hotels are traditionally located in the largest cities. For example, one of the reference luxury accommodations of Iberostar -despite being a hotel chain focused on destinations of beach tourism- is a hotel in the centre of Budapest devoted to business travellers and to those looking for comfortable urban getaways with a fabulous location.

The hotels in the centre of Madrid are also devoted to the business sector, but the 2016 tendency for this type of accommodation is improving the services no matter the type of traveller. The hotels with roof terraces in Madrid have created a tendency in the city, and the same happens with the hotels with restaurant in Serrano, Las Cortes or Puerta del Sol, which have become a reference in the haute cuisine sector. In fact, most of the kitchens of the luxury hotels in Madrid are led by great chefs and prominent figures of the gastronomic sector. This also happens in the main 4-star hotels in Bilbao, Barcelona, Valencia and Seville: the most select hotels want to get to a wider audience and become a destination in themselves, enlivening the cities where they lie.

The new services being incorporated are wellness services with new techniques and spaces, with credited staff, with a combination of services traditionally understood as basic sports… Gastronomy, as already mentioned, is another of the lines of action in these luxury accommodations; the design rooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology (the hotels in Madrid with free iPad are already a classic); the personalised leisure plans managed directly by the hotel, as if it was a concierge service, etc.

Prices have also fallen, creating a good quality price ratio that makes the expense worth it. These hotels are unavoidably expensive, but if we compare their prices with those of a 3-star hotel, in most of the cases choosing a 4-star hotel in Madrid, or even a 5-star, makes up for the effort. But it is important to manage your reservation in the adequate place. Looking for a quick service, we normally get directly to booking, but in many cases, specially with superior hotels, the best offers for luxury hotels are on the official website of the chain, or even on the individual website of every hotel (although not all of them have one).

The Authentic Grand Hotel Budapest

After the Wes Anderson movie, we couldn’t leave it outside the summer 2015 hotel list. This authentic, royal Grand Hotel Budapest is a deluxe hotel in Budapest under the label of IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts, aimed to high executives and travellers that seek for a special accommodation in one of the most historical capitals of the continent.

The design comes from the spirit and elegance that can be felt in the entire city of Budapest, the care for the details. The common spaces design and its famous gastronomic service, or the Spa and wellness zone, a known worldwide destination thanks to its thermal, health and wellbeing tourism.

Iberostar Grand Buadespt Hotel

Iberostar Grand Budapest Hotel

With a deluxe architecture, rooms designed for the most demanding customers and really competitive prices, it has become in 4 years an accommodation of reference in the capital of Hungary for the national tourism and the international as well

The locals value the restaurant, with a Mediterranean menu and the traditional Spain cuisine, being one of the best gastronomic spots of the city, with its daily menus and its wine cellar, where you can find the best Spain wines

The personal services are another key element of this hotel in Budapest. The staff is friendly, just enough, they respect the guests privacy and liberty offering everything the customers require. Even giving first-hand touristic information, with the best recommendations for those who like to know the city

The special places for businessmen are hotel priorities and to tell the truth, they all seem spacious, organized and with all the tools needed. Besides, the hotel brings special advice for events in Budapest

Location

The Grand Budapest is a hotel located in the Liberty Square of the capital, close to the most important buildings in the city, as well as the embassies, consulates and some international companies’ headquarters. Located one step away from the main tourist attractions and monuments of Budapest, just a few blocks away from the most important malls, with boutiques and high quality stores.

Amenities and services

The resort has a 24 hours reception, suites and bedrooms for senior executives, a complete spa and wellness centre, which is rare considering the location, gourmet cuisine with Spanish influence, personal counselling, gym, bar, meeting room and corporate events

Bedrooms

The suites in the Grand Budapest are a whole new experience that worth to enjoy. The prices may be affordable to everybody, but if you’re thinking on a present for your loved ones, give them a trip, these bedrooms in Budapest will really make the difference.

The hotel also offers double bedrooms, deluxe bedrooms, superior bedrooms, junior suite, double executive, always with the best services, and very spacious to feel yourself comfortable in the city. Almost all of them are in individual option too.

Reservations

The reservations in the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Budapest can be made directly on the IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts official website, with the best online prices that guarantee a discount if you find an accommodation lower in another website they’ll match it plus another 5% discount.

Family hotels in Tenerife: Iberostar hotel Las Dalias opens its door to family fun

When we think on holiday with children, we look for a place that combines absolute peace and a full of fun experience.

Tenerife brings a proposal with that and even more since it’s considered the best family accommodation in Costa Adeje: The IBEROSTAR hotel Las Dalias in Playa del Bobo, located in one of the most beautiful settlements of the island. So if you want beauty and enjoyment together to make the perfect plan for you and your children, do not hesitate and join us in this warming hotel that has 404 bedrooms up to 6 person per room, gym, activities for children, hair salon, beauty shop, meeting room, restaurant, and bars, all with an excellent service and a pleasant environment.

Las Dalias Hotel

Las Dalias Hotel

When you stay in a hotel like the Iberostar Las Dalias, you’re opening yourself to an endless fun. Enjoy our schedule: water activities, shows and our gastronomic menu that will captivate you. Fully enjoy a wonderful holiday in Costa Adeje, Tenerife with diversity, quality and comfort, something you truly deserve

You should forget all your worries, leave your stress behind during your holiday and focus all your attention on enjoy and share with your loved ones. This is a one-time only experience. You have to take this opportunity and enjoy as much as is possible. So this is the plan: take every precious moment and enjoy it doing the things you like best and please you. Remember that our hotel offers several sports such as: gymnastic, squash, aquatic aerobics, billiard, shooting galleries. All this activities will make your stay in Playa del Bobo will have you entertain with different activities every day and live new experiences during holiday

Open up to new experiences while you’re staying in Las Dalias, make it unique, feel it, smile, enjoy. This place will charm you so much that at the end you wouldn’t want to leave. Dedicate yourself to one thing: live life to the fullest and begin here, a place for something more than just spending the night

Submerge yourself in this dreaming paradise of Iberostar Las Dalias with all the magic that offers us every day. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy, live new thing and taste the best of Tenerife, make your stay memorable.

Say yes to everything this hotel offers you, book this family friendly hotel in Tenerife for an unforgettable stay in company of those you love. Make an online reservation and prepare yourself to daydream in this wonderful land, your kids will thank you! Trust me.

New accommodations in Madrid

Madrid started 2015 with great touristic news. In addition to the innovative cultural proposals that are becoming more and more prominent in the capital, also the tourism industry wanted to mark a before and an after in this new year. One of the most meaningful examples is the bet placed by one the main Spanish hotel chains, Iberostar Hotels & Resorts, that has opened their first hotel in centre of Madrid. It is a modern, design hotel in Gran Vía, near the Barrio de Las Letras, that stands out for its gastronomic offer and spectacular loft, where you can have a drink while enjoying the views of city roofs.

The Iberostar Las Letras is bound to the growing trend of the state-of-the-art hotels, apartments and rooms in Madrid that in this decade has seen its maximum splendour: refurbished historic buildings, reconverted into 4 star hotels at the heart of Gran Vía, next to the Plaza Mayor or in Puerta del Sol. Pioneering hotel chains, such as Petit Palace, have created a network of luxury city hotels in Madrid, with gems like the Embassy Serrano or Savoy Alfonso XII, their emblematic hotels in front of the Retiro Park.

Another important hotel chain in our country, Catalonia Hotels, features a substantial presence in the capital of Spain as well, with its hotel near the Congreso de los Diputados, the Catalonia Las Cortes, a hotel with 4 star facilities, built in an old XVIII century palace, close to everything and at very interesting rates.

The most requested areas in the centre of Madrid, in terms of accommodations, are still Fuencarral, Gran Via, the area of Plaza Santo Domingo towards Ópera and the surroundings of Plaza Mayor. The pole of attraction of Mercado de San Miguel has revitalised this last zone, where historic hotels of Madrid have experienced a deep transformation, offering now not only a complete accommodation, but also a full experience for travellers who look for comfort and exclusivity at the heart of the capital.

Puerta del Sol, El Retiro or La Castellana remain high demand accommodation centres, with a varied offer, available for any budget and travel plan. But the area that is really experiencing a peak is, no doubt, all the Barajas – IFEMA part: the demand for the Madrid fair combined with the proximity to the airport and the improved connections to the city centre have increased the numbers of hotels in Arturo Soria, Ciudad Lineal and Tetuán areas, neighbourhoods that you can now consider central ones. Only some years ago they were considered accommodations just for the MICE segment (Events and meetings).

 

 

Cádiz is a party

There are so few places in the world where the party essence is as clear as in Cádiz. This Andalusian province, privileged with the highest number of sunny days in Spain and with unique white sand beaches, is an always-lively place. The city of Cádiz and places such as Chiclana are the most active areas during the year, but all the municipalities and neighbourhoods of this region offer that tireless spirit that makes us always to smile.

Lively, dynamic and talkative, Cádiz is a constant party even in this time of the year.  February, carnival month, is the most important month for the people from Cádiz, who fill every corner with chirigotas, bustle, music and dance.

Iberostar Hotels in Cadiz

Hotels in Cadiz

The deep light which characterizes it and covers its entire Atlantic coast is a treasure in these winter months, when the rest of Europe is plenty of coats and blankets, and the grey colour paints the streets since the morning until the night.

A trip to Cádiz is one of the best plans that any traveler can do in this month of February. Take advantage of the carnival, get a long weekend or a holiday and book a spa hotel in Cádiz or a room in the centre of the city. Prices are really affordable in this time of the year and there is a wide range of options since the most visited areas are still in low season.

Bearing in mind that the municipalities of this province are very close to each other, the best accommodation option, is you are looking for quality and economy, are precisely the coastal areas. There are luxury golf hotels in Chiclana that you can now book at good price, but if you want to enjoy the Carnival ambience of the city, hotels in Cádiz have a wide variety of boards, so you can book Room Only and get very affordable rates.

If you want to make the most of the trip, you must pay attention to the transport. Whether you opt for the centre of Cádiz, Chiclana or San Fernando, renting a car is the perfect option to travel the province and visit so wonderful places such as Calas de Conil or Calas de Roche. Some hotels even offer accommodation + car packages, so you have not to worry about it and usually you get best rates when you book all together.

Las Letras Gran Vía, the new Iberostar hotel in Madrid

Diversifying, investing and being original are the main elements to prepare nowadays an effective tourist offer. The Majorcan chain Iberostar Hotels & Resorts is applying what it has learnt and has opened in Madrid one of the few urban hotels that it has in Spain. Iberostar
Las Letras Gran Vía
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It is a 4-star hotel located right in Las Letras neighbourhood, one of the best areas of the ancient Madrid, next to La Gran Vía. A hotel designed for city breaks to the capital or even for business trips, since it has very functional spaces for executives and senior managers, from suites in the centre of Madrid to fitness and meeting rooms.

With a classical architecture and after a refurbishment with attention to detail, Las Letras Hotel starts now, along with Iberostar, a new career as a boutique hotel in Madrid. The interior decoration is one of its most outstanding developments as they have created very original and  colorful spaces, and warm atmosphere. Its common areas, equipped with sofas and design  furniture, are perfect as a meeting point in the centre of Madrid or for an interview or informal meeting.

The gastronomic service has been treated with great care, giving a radical change and opting for a gourmet service, both for the quality of its products and the exclusiveness of its dishes, and the treatment of the staff: attentive without being annoying, friendly but elegant. Good place to eat in the centre of Madrid or even to plan an afterwork or a company dinner.

IBEROSTAR Las Letras Gran Via Madrid

IBEROSTAR Las Letras Gran Via Madrid

Another of its star facilities is the gym (modern, with variety of machines), library and reading room, rooftop terrace where you can drink while you contemplate the wonderful views over the roofs of Madrid from La Gran Vía and even from the reception. In terms of services, it is worth mentioning the Wifi & Walk, which allows guests to connect to the hotel’s wifi from up to 4 different devices while walking Madrid.

Places to visit in Andalusia: Isla Canela (Huelva)

Isla Canela in Huelva represents one of the quietest and most exclusive places to travel to the Andalusian coast and enjoy a holiday on the banks of the Atlantic Ocean with all types of comforts.  Located just one step away from the southern border of Portugal, Isla Canela is one those natural spots where tourism is perfectly integrated.

Surrounded by marshes, wetlands, woods and long sand beaches, Isla Canela is situated one step away from Ayamonte, one of the most traditional towns in the coast of Andalusia, with lively tapas routes, cuisines from all over the world and Andalusian specialities, playgrounds, museums, theatres, cinema… The perfect complement for those who, during their holiday, want to have a shopping day, visit cafés and go to theatre, for example.

 Golf hotel in Huelva

Isla Canela beach, with 5 km long, is a reference in Costa de la Luz because of its beauty and complete services for families with children. Even though it is an Atlantic beach and is perfect for windsurf lovers, it is an ideal setting to spend long and amusing days with the children, swim, play and sunbathe away from the crowds. In the surroundings we find some of the best hotels and resorts with family rooms in Costa de la Luz.

As regards culture, although the tourist area of Isla Canela is especially focused on beach attractions, in the centre of Ayamonte you can enjoy a complete leisure experience as in the main cities of Andalusia.

Its historical heritage stands out for the architecture of Mudejar influence, baroque buildings, and constructions such as the big houses built by the indianos.

The Temple of La Merced, Las Angustias Parish Church, Barrio Alto, San Antonio Chapel. Marqués de Ayamonte Palace, Torre de Canela… Thousands of places to enjoy the beauty of the most traditional art and its environment.

Another of the main attractions of this area in the Andalusian coast is golf course with 18 holes situated in Isla Canela, a top rated setting for those who love this thrilling sport. If you look for a good golf hotel in Isla Canela, you just need to check those located near to this large golf course, which is a point of reference for some of the most important professional competitions in Spain.