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Catalonia Puerta del Sol (Atocha, 23. 28012 Madrid) - Very well located and comfortable hotel in central Madrid . Close to Plaza Mayor and walking distance to the Plaza Mayor and the Catalonia Puerta del Sol Does a decent if unremarkable breakfast. Impressive staircase;
Vincci La Rabida (Castelar 24, Casco Antiguo, 41001 Seville) - Excellently located in the heart of Seville old town and walking distance from the impressive and the bull ring. The rooms are spacious, comfortable and organised around a central internal courtyard - which provides a satisfying sense of space. Breakfast is quite enjoyable and in a spacious, airy breakfast room. There's several restaurants, pubs and bars in the area - most of which come alive later in the evening. One of the nicest hotels I've stayed in Europe
Vincci Lys (Avenida Martinez Cubells 5, 46002 Valencia) - Under 5 minutes walk from the train station and around 10 minutes walk from the Old Town and Monsieur Vuong , the Vincci Lys is well located. Rooms are reasonably spacious and comfortable. Reception staff are well informed and helpful. Has a decent if unremarkable restaurant - the restaurant across the road is better, in my opinion, and does decent paella.
Hotel via Romana (Don Jaime I, 54-56 50001 Zaragoza) - Right across the road from the Basilica-Cathedral of Our Lady of the Pillar (Catedral-Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar) Hotel via Romana is as central as you're ever going to get in Zaragoza . Facilities are basic, clean and functional. Good value for money.
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Mark Sukhija is a travel and wine blogger, photographer, tourism researcher, hat-touting, white-shirt-wearing, New Zealand fantatic and eclipse chaser. Aside from at least annual visits to New Zealand, Mark has seen eclipses in South Australia (2002), Libya (2006), China (2009) and Queensland (2012). After twelve years in Switzerland, Mark moved back to London in 2012. You can follow Mark on Twitter or Facebook