Our extended family - a large group ages 15 to 75 years old - visited our son who was studying in Madrid for the summer and rented this apartment for a week. It was amazing! The apartment itself is beautiful - it has historic architecture but has been updated in all the right ways - new bathrooms, kitchen and clean and comfortable bedrooms and Air Conditioning. So much space and so many bathrooms was wonderful for our large group! The living room provided our large group plenty of space to relax after sightseeing and before dinner. Our favorite thing to do was to come back in the evening and open up the old shutter doors to the balconies - we put chairs in the balconies and sipped wine and watched all the activity on the Plaza below. The apartment is located on the Puerta Alcala and there is so much going on right outside your door. There is a great cafe that serves breakfast lunch and dinner/ drinks right downstairs with outdoor seating - so close that we could even use our WIFI while sitting downstairs having a coffee or beer (depending on the time of day!) Around the Plaza are plenty of other places to eat as well. Also, right across the street is the entrance to the biggest and most beautiful park in Madrid - the Retiro - not to be missed! The apartment is within walking distance to all the major sights of Madrid. We had older people in our group and in the heat of late July we still were able to walk to the Plaza Mayor, Palace, Prado, etc. When the older people were tired, we took cabs - VERY cheap in Madrid. Four people to almost anywhere in the city center is 8 Euros or less - can't beat it if you have 4 in a cab and its way more convenient and not much more expensive then the metro. If you want to take the metro, it is a block away - but walking or cab is just as easy! From this location we took 3 day trips to Segovia, Allicante on the Mediterranian Sea, and Toledo. The 2 high speed train stations are an easy cab or metra ride from the apartment (Atocha Station is very walkable if you don't have older folks!) and it was so nice to be able to experience other parts of Spain but be able to come back and sleep in the same bed! We were so happy with this vacation rental - Fernando was very easy to work with throughout the whole process - great guy! We had flight delays coming into Madrid and he was very available throughout - no issues at all! HIGHLY recommend this place - we fell in love with Madrid and hope to come back!THANKS FERNANDO!