Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Madrid

Tempo
If you're looking for an alternative to the glamorous club scene, Tempo is a great place for a dance - or a quieter drink in the café upstairs.
Plaza Mayor
The town square is used for several purposes, from coronations to bullfights. In addition to the vibrant entertainments hosted here, tourists enjoy the charming cobbled streets and terrace cafes, perfect for a spot of people watching over the market
Posada del Peine
Great central location and historically notable, this hotel is a great place to stay. Small rooms; but they house large beds, fantastic showers and flat-screen TVs. Charming.
La Finca de Susana
With a wonderfully cheap lunch menu, speedy service and elegant surroundings, the team behind La Finca de Susana have hit on a winning formula. Unsurprisingly, the atmosphere is buzzing - and a short wait for a table is common.
City Yoga
If you are in need of stretching tight muscles and/or a mysteriously delicious peace of mind, City Yoga has recently opened four floors of karma in the heart of the busy metropolis.
Tenis Casa de Campo
Owing to the climate and a propensity for warm springs and autumns, tennis is a popular sport in the Spanish capital. Enjoy some sun and exercise at this well-run public complex.
Hostal Oxum
This refurbished three star is ideal for budget travellers who wish to be close to the numerous bars and restaurants that surround the immediate area.
Home Burger Bar
Hamburgers? In Madrid? Surely not. Unlikely though it may seem, this American diner-style restaurant is the most popular kid on the block, with the whole of Madrid flocking to sample its perfectly crisp chips and all-organic burgers.
Jellyfish
In an area already buzzing with fashion-friendly bars and restaurants, it takes something special to make its mark on the Chueca scene. With quirky decor, a sound menu and great weekend party, Jellyfish Cafe has certainly succeeded.
El Rastro
Enjoy Madrid's vibrant fleamarket on a Sunday morning in the La Latina sector of the city. Thousands of people search for bargains, while plenty of cafés line the route...
Hotel Abalu
If sexy retreat is what you're after, then Hotel Abalu is for you, with its secluded and decorated furniture and accessories from around the world. Although some streets in the local area can be 'dodgy', the high tech suites are worth a peek...
Room Mate Mario
Mario Room Mate is part of a new concept hotel chain in which the hotel takes on a personality of its own, mimicking a friend you might stay with. Mario is 'a music composer and loves cinema'...
Piscinas Casa de Campo
The large urban park of Casa De Campo has long been a recreational retreat for the people of Madrid, with the open-air and indoor swimming pools proving immensely popular.
Tryp Ambassador
This elegant hotel is located in the historical city centre of Madrid, close to the Royal Palace, Teatro de la Opera theater, the courts and the Gran Vía.
Champagneria Gala
Set on a narrow and quiet alley near Plaza del Sol, the bright dining room is lined with white-washed trellises, giving the illusion that you're dining on an outside patio of a Spanish villa on a sunny day.
Cafe del Real
Located in this popular area, the Café del Real inherits its name from the famous Teatro Real, located
Golf Park
A nine-hole driving range designed by American golfer Jack Nicklaus, Golf Park is situated just outside the city on the N-I road to Burgos.
Olivera
This Serbian-run venue is popular with artistic types and their beautiful muses who kick back and relax in the subtly lit space to listen to jazz, electro funk and bossanova, as well as music from the Balkans.
Almendro 13
This traditional tapas bar is beloved of the local community; the classics (huevos rotos and roscas rellenas) are delicious, and it even serves its very own manzanilla sherry.
Gran Hotel Velázquez
This attractive medium-sized family hotel is right in the heart of the Salamanca district, close to many of the city's most exclusive boutiques. Most of the rooms have lounge areas adjoining the bedrooms.

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