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Holding a well-deserved spot on Condé Nast Traveler's coveted Gold List for 2016, the five-star URSO Hotel & Spa in Madrid is set in the upscale Chamberi neighborhood, one of the most traditional in the whole city. It also borders the boutique shops, cafes and restaurants of the Chueca district and is within walking distance to most of the city's major attractions. This neoclassical hotel was an early 20th century palace and now pays homage to old Spain without sacrificing modern style and thoughtful finishes. Urso's interior has been renovated into a contemporary boutique space, a rare atmosphere for Madrid hotels.
The on-site spa is the first luxury spa to grace Madrid with its presence. Treatments combine scientific innovation in cosmetics with high-end products. Try a diamond dust facial to enhance and illuminate your skin.
"Park of the Pleasant Retreat" is one of the largest parks in Madrid. It first belonged to the Spanish Monarchy but today serves as a modern day garden of statue, a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding city.
Reclaimed river banks and 6 miles of park make up Madrid Rio, where you'll find generous bike paths, fountains and natural beauty. Clean waterways and clear paths make this the ideal spot for a post-tapas stroll.
The whole of Spain has embraced the bicycle as a means of transportation and Madrid is incredibly bike-friendly. Talk to your hotel concierge for a recommendation on a guided bike tour.
Forget language barriers and see The Lion King performed in Spanish in all its ornate pomp and circumstance. This musical performance at Teatro Lope de Vega continues to draw thousands of visitors.
On Calle de la Verónica, La Tragantúa is a must for an evening on the town. Risotto, burrata and milojas lead dozens of travelers to describe this unassuming spot as their best meal in all of Madrid. Reservations recommended.
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Spain is ahead of the curve on pop-up restaurants. The Table By _____ is the on-site restaurant at Hotel Urso and features a revolving door of award-winning chefs and their gastronomic works of art. Reservations are highly recommended.
Hotel is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and continues to find new ways to put the planet first. To that end, centralized solar energy runs the water and heating systems and all stationery is printed on 100% recycled paper.
During your stay in the capital and feeling adventurous with food, find a dining establishment that serves gallinejas and entresijos. These two fried lamb dishes are some of the most famous in all of Spain and synonymous with Madrid.
On the second floor in the sunny atrium, a posh complimentary breakfast on-site at the hotel will fuel a morning filled with walking and exploring until you can find a worthy place to dine for lunch or an early dinner.
Madrid's continental climate makes for typically dry weather and constant sunshine. April is the rainiest month of the year and July is the hottest. While spring and autumn are generally mild, summers tend to be on the hot and dry side and winters are cold with occasional snow, though most of the weather extremes occur in the surrounding mountains. To make the most of your trip, Madrid has one of the highest numbers of daylight hours in Europe, with daylight averaging about 10 hours.