Madrid & Lisbon
9°C / 48°F
A modern and eco-friendly hotel found in Madrid’s commercial centre, the Artiem Madrid is a wonderful hotel choice for a city break in the Spanish capital. Madrid’s infrastructure is incredibly impressive and there are separate bus and metro stops within a few hundred metres of the hotel – making it easy to get around and see the sights.
Despite its city location, the hotel is known for providing a ‘green’ space ideal for relaxation – this is best exemplified by the ample seating and elegant rooms. The Green and Slow Lounge is the hotel’s restaurant and bar area – offering a buffet breakfast each morning to start the day off. There is also a 24-hour option called The Green, which offers light bites and drinks whenever you need them. Artiem Madrid also offers an onsite gym and a host of classes that guests can partake in – including yoga and numerous cardio options.
Hotel Neya Lisboa
Making the most of the vibrant city of Lisbon, the centrally located Neya Hotel prides itself on its eco-sustainability, modern facilities and contemporary interior design. Just a short drive from the airport, the hotel is within walking distance to many of Lisbon’s stunning attractions, while also just 750 metres from the nearest metro station. Capitalising on the hotel’s location, Neya Hotel has produced its own app to help guests get the best of their city, offering tips on where to visit and how to navigate the city – whether by foot, bike or public transport.
After a day’s sightseeing, head back to the hotel to relax in the Day Spa, which offers a plethora of treatments as well as a Jacuzzi and tea ritual room. When dinnertime comes around, the Viva Lisboa restaurant will cater to your culinary cravings with innovative and delicious Portuguese cuisine in an elegant environment. Your double room at the Neya Hotel is equally stylish, with a purple colour scheme, rich fabrics and modern amenities. Have a comfortable night’s sleep in your plush bed and wake up refreshed, ready to tuck into your buffet breakfast.
A modern and thriving city, Madrid today is an artistic and vibrant metropolis with glimpses of its medieval and romantic past still evident. The city’s endless list of boutiques, cafes and gastro-bars will leave you spoilt for choice with numerous places to eat, drink and experience Spanish culture. When you think of Madrid, greenery is probably not the first thing that comes to mind but the city is home to stunning parks that will blow you away, including the eight-hectare Botanical Garden and El Retiro Park, the largest in the city. All the main streets meet in Puerta del Sol, from which you can easily walk to the vibrant areas of Malasana and Chueca, passing through Gran Via on the way. Here you will find narrow streets lined with vintage boutiques, restaurants and bars where the sound of live music and the scent of great food fills the air. Stroll through the Paseo de la Castellana, Madrid’s most stylish avenue, with designer shops and luxurious hotels to marvel at. For culture, don’t miss the museums such as the famous Prado, Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza.
Full of signature yellow trams and belle époque-inspired architecture, the pastel-coloured houses and cobbled quaintness of Lisbon are immediately welcoming as you set foot in the city for the first time. A city as diverse as it is beautiful, Lisbon also houses several streets which are more recognisable in a wholly contemporary city, where art, fashionable shops and delightful restaurants populate the streets. Along the banks of the Tagus, visitors can see how times gone by and the present beautifully complement each other in the city. From the stunning UNESCO Heritage-listed Jeronimos Monastery and the Belem Tower to the longest bridge in Europe, the sleek Vasco da Gama Bridge. Trawl through quaint markets like Feira da Ladra and the Mercado da Ribeira next to the Cais do Sodre station, before strolling up and down the narrow streets of the Bairro Alto and Alfama areas. Here you can check out the Lisbon Cathedral and entertain a fair bit of shopping in the linear and old-fashioned Baixa Pombalina-area. In Alfama, you can enjoy some freshly-caught seafood and a glass of wine, while being entertained by a rendition of a traditional fado – Lisbon’s iconic romantic music.
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