Madrid shimmers under bright blue skies and "crystal-clear days" during the winter according to Lonely Planet. With world-class art galleries and shops galore on its doorstep, the centrally located Hotel Agumar is a great launchpad for exploring the Spanish capital. We've found a 3-night break at this 4-star property, including flights, for £159 per person -- that's a saving of up to 44%.
This deal from Travelwasp is valid for departures from London Gatwick, Luton or Bristol from 1 November-17 December; 4 January-13 February, 2014; or from Liverpool 1-17 December; 4 January-13 February, 2014. It's an additional £20 per person for departures from 20 February-28 March.
With its central location just a few minutes' walk from the Golden Triangle of Art (comprising the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum), and right next to Atocha Metro and railway station, Hotel Agumar is in a handy spot for whatever takes you to Madrid. The smart shops of Salamanca are about 10 minutes away by taxi, to the north of the Parque del Buen Retiro. The hotel features a maritime-themed cafe bar and a restaurant that serves traditional Spanish dishes.
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Hand luggage is included. A 20kg checked-baggage allowance can be added for £30, return. Transfers are not included, but an express bus from the airport to Atocha station takes around 40 minutes. A taxi will cost around 50€ (£43)**.
Travelzoo tip: If you are interested in the museums, snap up a Paseo del Arte for £18 (21.60€). The ticket allows one visit to each museum and can be purchased from any of the three venues that make up the Golden Triangle.
Book by 17 July.