On Thursday 28th November, I was given the opportunity by the Eurostar hotel chain to visit three of their premises, whilst having the luxury of having a two night overall stay at their Madrid Tower hotel.
The 5* Madrid tower hotel sits in Paseo de la Castellanna, just a short stretch away from Real Madrid’s famous Bernabeu stadium. The distinctive height of the building, with it being over 30 floors up makes it almost impossible to miss. I was fortunate enough to be gifted a room on floor 27, just below the peak of the hotel which boosted views over some parts of Madrid. The room itself was classed as an executive skyline room, with luxuries including a queen-sized bed, bath robe and an air con for example.
After settling down for our first night, we had an early start the next morning to travel to Toledo; an ancient city set on a hill above the plains of Castilla-La Mancha in central Spain. Toledo can be considered an ancient, but religious city, with Arab, Jewish and Christian places of prayer still being intact. We were shown all around the city on a guided walking tour. The most popular attraction of this city could well be many of the paintings by famous artist ‘El Greco’ being on display. There were at least 4 separate churches, separate memorials dedicated to El Greco. Toledo seems to be a popular tourist area, with many visitors coming in from all areas of the world.
Once the walking tour was finished, we were then shown around the first hotel. This time it was Hotel Eurostar’s Palacio Buenavista hotel, also based in Toledo. This hotel again was a 5*, with many admiral features being present, such as water fountains, a separate business centre and so on. We were shown around the hotel, viewing the different room types, the business centre, pool facilities before having a sit-down meal for lunch. This was the first out of two hotel tours for the day.
The second tour come shortly after, being back in Madrid where we had originally commuted from. This time it was at the Eurostars Suites Mirasierra. This was a very quick show a round lasting around 20 minutes are so due to the busy upcoming schedule later that night. This hotel was also 5*, being considered as a spa. We got to have a look at their facilities, but not experience them unfortunately! The hotel was heavily Christmas themed, which at the time of visiting was a nice touch!
As the day was drawing to a close, we had one final activity left on the agenda; a live flamenco dancing performance. We attended the show which was in the heart of Madrid, immediately being presented with a three-course meal consisting with a cheese board, paella and a chocolate brownie for dessert. Although the dancing wasn’t really my cup of tea, the food went down an absolute treat. However, seeing and experiencing the Spanish culture was great and was something I would defiantly like to be a part of again.
Day two and our final day arrived and we were up bright and early to visit Old town Madrid on another walking tour. Although the tour was relatively quick and less in depth than the tour of Toledo, the group and I still managed to learn a whole host of information on the culture of Madrid. Towards the end of the tour, we were fortunate enough to visit the palace of Madrid. Once we arrived, we managed to get a glimpse of a ceremony in rehearsal which was due to take place a little later in the week. This was a great thing to experience!
Finally, a few hours before my flight home was due to depart, we managed to squeeze in a quick hotel tour around the final hotel, The Madrid Tower, which coincidentally was the hotel I was staying at. I must say that out of the three hotels visited, this was by far my favourite. We got to see all 4 different room types available, the meeting rooms, the pool and so on. Our guide; Luis was telling us stories about the guests who he has had the pleasure of meeting, including many football teams such as Tottenham and Liverpool before their champions league final, Barcelona including Lionel Messi and so on! It was very interesting to hear his side of things of who he welcomes at the hotel.
I thoroughly enjoyed my first fam trip in Madrid and hopefully there is a lot more to come!