Madrid is one of the most important European capitals, and it offers a multitude of culture, leisure and entertainment options, which delight the millions of people who visit the city every year.

A cosmopolitan city with a growing number of visitors, it continues being an open city with a wide range of entertainment options as well as excellent gastronomy.

Madrid is known worldwide for its fantastic museums, unparalleled shopping and its welcoming bars and restaurants, which are buzzing with life 24 hours a day.

With a wide variety of cultural options, Madrid has everything from concert halls to opera houses to internationally prestigious museums. You can enjoy its architectural splendor of centuries past while strolling through the historic Madrid de Austrias, the Palacio Real or the Plaza Mayor.


The National Prado Museum has the world's largest collection of Spanish painting. Its galleries exhibit such important works like the famous Meninas of Velázquez and Goya's The 3rd of May. The Italian and Flemish schools are also represented with works by Botticeli and Caravaggio of the former and pieces from Van der Weyden and El Bosco from the latter.

VP Jardín de Recoletos is the best place to stay for a cultural visit of Madrid because of its privilege situation, close to the main museums of Madrid.

Prado Museum


With a permanent collection of more than 1.000 works of art, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum brings together the history of the European art since the 13th century till the end of the 20th century. The collection starts with paintings of the Trecento, then makes stops at the German Renaissance, the Dutch school of the 17th century and the North American school of the 19th, ending with a huge example of the 20th century avant-garde.

The three VP Hoteles in the center of Madrid are really close to this museum, being our VP JardÍn de Recoletos hotel the closest one.

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum


The Reina Sofia Museum takes a tour through the history of Spanish art, with Picasso's Guernica as the main treasure, alongside great works by Dalí, Miró and Juan Gris.

VP Hoteles recommends that you don't miss this amazing journey if you want to experience the history of Spain from a more artistic, but equally valid, perspective.

Reina Sofia Museum


The Royal Palace was built by Felipe V and inhabited for the first time by Carlos III and finally by Alfonso XII. This is the official residence of the Spanish Royalty, although the current monarchs do not live there. It is open to the public who can travel through the Spanish history and its Royalties.

VP Hoteles recommends you to attend The Changing of the Guard spectacle. It is held every Wednesday (except July, August and September and when there are official events) at 11.00 am at the Puerta del Príncipe.

Royal Palace


This important symbol of the Spanish capital has been built to commemorate the entrance of Margarita de Austria, wife of Felipe II, in Madrid. The Door has been pulled down and remolded several times to look like now. In 1976 it has been declared National Monument.

The Alcala’s Door is very close to our VP Jardín de Recoletos and it is also easily accessible from VP El Madroño, only four metro stops (Diego de León – Retiro).

Puerta de Alcalá


VP Jardín de Recoletos is found only 5 minutes' walk from this amazing Park located in the center of Madrid.

It was built for the leisure of the Royalties and is home to the Crystal Palace, the Velázquez Palace and the Cason del Buen Retiro, all surrounded by wonderful fountains and monuments, like the Alfonso XII statue. There is also a big pond where you can rent rowing boats.

A curious data of this Park: it is the only place in the world that has a monument dedicated to the Devil. It is in the Fallen Angel’s Fountain which represents the moment when Luzbel is expulsed from Paradise.

Retiro Park


Overlooked by the statue of Felipe III, Plaza Mayor is located in the center of Madrid, close to Calle Mayor and Puerta del Sol. The square is completely enclosed by buildings and has nine access gates of which the Arco de Cuchilleros is the most famous one.

On the square you will find the Bakery House and the Butchery House. In the porticoes there are plenty of restaurants and cafés with beautiful terraces, which VP Hoteles can highly recommend on sunny days.

Plaza Mayor


As well as being the best example of ironwork architecture in Madrid, the San Miguel Market is a temple to gastronomy where hundreds of gastronomical wonders come together.

This meeting point for gourmets in Madrid is considered a Property of Cultural Interest and among its 33 stalls we would like to point out Casa del Bacalao, Boucherie, Pinkleton & Wine and Ostras Sorlut.

The closest metro stop is Opera, which operates the same metro line of Diego de León stop, just a few steps from our VP El Madroño.

San Miguel Market


Because of its charming personality it is one of the most popular places for nightlife in Madrid. Straw Square (Plaza de la Paja) and Barley Square (Plaza de la Cebada) are important references in this area with a great variety of pubs and bars on their streets which date back originally to the Middle Ages. Do not leave Madrid without having passed by this lovely quarter full of flavors.

La Latina


There are located two of our VP Hoteles in Salamanca’s Neighborhood: VP El Madroño and VP Jardín de Recoletos. This zone, which is delimitated by Paseo de la Castellana, Alcalá Street, María de Molina Street and Francisco Silvela Street, is full of glamorous, on-trend urban chic venues.

But Madrid's Golden Mile is not just made up of these venues. Retiro Park, which is the perfect option for walking or even rowing on its lake, Ortega y Gasset Street where the most exclusive shops are located, ABC Serrano Shopping Center and El Corte Ingles are also excellent options to visit in this area of Madrid.

From VP Hoteles we highly recommend you to visit this quarter which is very easy to access by metro or by car, and of course if you are staying at VP Hoteles you will be able to walk there.

Salamanca Neighborhood


Literary Quarter received its name because famous writers such as Cervantes and Lope de Vega lived here during the Golden Age. Currently, it is better known for its big variety of bars, pubs and clubs situated between Puerta del Sol and Atocha Street. The most crowed zones are Santa Ana Square as well as Huertas and Cruz Streets.

The closest VP Hotel to this area is our VP Jardín de Recoletos from which you con even go on foot. Our VP El Madroño is also very close, only some metro stops away.

Literary Quarter


Madrid Río is a huge park that covers the outskirts of Manzanares River for around 10 kilometers, where you can enjoy cultural, sporting or family activities.

From VP Hoteles we recommend you: Matadero Madrid, Segovia’s Bridge and its gardens, the Urban Beach, some viewpoints and different sports places.

You can easily access this park from any of our VP Hoteles situated in the heart of Madrid, as they are all located in privileged centric areas. VP Jardín Metropolitano is located in Cuatro Caminos; VP Jardín de Recoletos is very close to Serrano Street and Retiro Park, and VP El Madroño is also situated in Salamanca Neighborhood. All of them are very well connected by metro.

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