|Subject: RE: Where to Stay in Madrid?|
We were there in the fall of 2002 and really enjoyed an older hotel, just down the street from the Opera, called the Tryp Ambassador. It is less impersonal than the large chains, lots of character and we liked the atmosphere. We lucked out on a suite (not sure why we were upgraded but ..we didn't complain!) and it was wonderful. You can get a rate that includes breakfast (booking through their website) and their breakfast buffet is fantastic.
The area around it is wonderful - you can walk to the palace, lots of museums, and interesting shopping as well as hop on the subway for things farther away. I was on my own most of the time (my husband was at a conference) and I had a ball exploring!
If you stay there (or somewhere else close to the Opera and you are opera fans - I highly recommend an evening at the Café d'Opera (on the corner of the street our hotel was on) where the food was excellent and the entertainment even better. The waiters and waitresses are all opera singers and they break out in song at intervals throughout the evening. We were invited there by someone else and never saw the prices (but I assume it was pretty expensive), however...if you like opera - I'd say it's well worth it!
Judy in HK