Westin Palace Madrid****
This classically beautiful hotel is located across from the Prado museum (and close to a large playground). Rooms are large and feature a kids welcome package, toddlers receive a teddy bear and other goodies on checking in. Room service (and the hotel restaurant) features a good sized children's menu with favorites not typically found in Spain (for example pancakes). Cots and rollaway beds are free for those under 12.
For those needing more space there are several types of suite to choose from. Note that local regulations regarding how many people (including children) can stay in smaller rooms are strictly followed. Free Internet (2MB ADSL) access in all rooms.
Plaza de las Cortes, 7 Madrid 28014 91-3608000, www.westin.com
AC Palacio del Retiro *****
This former palace was converted into a hotel in 2004, the AC Palacio del Retiro is a national heritage site, which features original sweeping marble staircases and stained glass windows. For Art lovers this hotel is within the golden triangle of the Thyssen, Prado and Reina Sofia museums,it is also located right across from the Retiro Park. Connecting rooms are available for families; air conditioning and mini fridges in all rooms; on-site restaurant with family friendly food and highchairs; fitness centre and sauna available for mum and dad; babysitting can also be arranged; nice restaurants, and many playgrounds in the neighborhood.Easy access to a variety of neighborhoods that are fun to explore.
C/ Alfonso XII 14 Madrid 28014 Metro Retiro www.ac-hotels.com
There are several hotels of the same chain around the capital
For any Real Madrid fans this hotel is ideally situated 200m away from the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. It has 313 rooms, with 33 suites, 154 non smoking . The children`s Suites in the Hotel come with bunk beds. The Twin rooms can sleep 4 with a double bed and sofa-bed.Cots are available but can be expensive. Tea and coffee making facillities in the rooms.
From mid June the roof top pool is open, this closes mid September, but you still have access to a really nice spa on the 9th floor with sauna, gym equipment and a hot tub. The breakfast in the hotel is highly recommended. For 20 euros per room you get a huge selection of fruit, pastries, cooked food, deli items, fresh pancakes etc. Don't book breakfast in advance, the 20 euro cost is per room which is great value if you have kids. Free lunch and dinner for children under the age of 13 taken from the children’s menu, when the child is accompanied by at least one adult taking at least one main course from a full-priced table or à la carte menu.
The centre of Madrid is easily accessable by metro or bus. There is also a Corte Ingles shopping centre close to the hotel.
Pza Carlos Trias Bertran 4 Madrid 28020 Metro Santiago Bernabeu www.ichotelsgroup.com
Hi Tech hotels
High Tech Hotels aim is to attract families to their hotels. All of their hotels have got family rooms. These rooms are designed to give everyone a comfortable rest, even families with four children. The little ones have got a place of their own to sleep, without uncomfortable rollaway beds. And to avoid getting cramped many of their hotels have communicating family rooms. Free baby cots (ask about availability when you make your reservation), child-friendly TV channels and breakfast with products for children: cereal, fruit juices, yoghurts, dairy products. Pets are permitted in some of their hotels.
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