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Madrid (Lonely Planet City Guides) Paperback – 19 Nov 2010

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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 6th edition edition (19 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741795923
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741795929
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 384,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Mackay on 1 May 2010
Format: Paperback
I've returned today from three days in Madrid where I attempted to use the guide. I've used Lonely Planet Guides before, because they recommend affordable places and advise about tourist traps. However, I don't think I'll be using them again. I found this guide hard to use. Though some of the text is well informed, for example about the Prado, it's not user friendly. It seems to require reference to several different pages to actually locate a restaurant nor hotel. The maps are very small, and some of the print so tiny as to be illegible. The way in which restaurants are listed - by area rather than alphabetically - makes the job of finding them doubly difficult, and the listing isn't keyed to the map's grid - you have to look elsewhere for that. All much too hard for me! Finally, a word of warining. My bag containing wallet and passport was stolen in the Arrivals Hall of Madrid Airport while it was next to me and a friend. Hold on to yoursMadrid: City Guide (Lonely Planet City Guide).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Sheridan-ross on 2 Aug. 2008
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I liked this book and read it before setting off for Madrid. It has a lot of information in it and gives some useful historical detail. I found it a bit difficult to use when out and about as all of the info is sectioned by barrios (districts) and as a first time visitor to Madrid it all seemed a bit confusing. I used it together with the eyewitness top 10 madrid guide and found that using them both gave me an excellent balance of info and detail to get about and see everything.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BookWorm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Jan. 2008
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This is a handy little city guide, small enough to fit in a bag or large pocket, and not too heavy. I found the maps at the back particularly useful; easy to follow and covering a wider area than those in other guidebooks I looked at. The tube map is also welcome.

The information is divided up into categories, which are then further subdivided by area. This is a departure from the more commonly seen guidebook format of dividing into areas and then into categories. It works quite well though - when you're sightseeing, you don't want lists of hotels intervening. It helps find the information you need surprisingly quickly. The only disadvantage is working out which 'barrio' (neighbourhood) you need to look in, which can be hard when you don't know the city too well. But I learnt very quickly, and I was only there for 2 days, so it wasn't a big problem.

All of the practical information you could wish for is here, including transport, places to sleep, eat, drink, shop and party, walking routes, and more general inforamtion (e.g. safety). I found it to be fairly reliable and up to date, though of course situations change so no guidebook can ever be one hundred percent correct. The safety advice does tend to the paranoid side, but it's better to be safe than sorry, so I don't think that's a bad approach. Some of the opinions expressed are quite strong and I don't necessarily agree with all of them - as is to be expected with opinions! - but readers should remember to take things with a pinch of salt and look at other sources of information as well when planning their trips.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By therealus TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 April 2007
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There's never enough time in Madrid. You need to hit the ground running to get the most out of it. There are some things you just have to do during the day: visit the Prado, stroll round the Palace, relax in the Retiro. Then there's the nightlife. Madrid at midnight is as busy as Madrid at midday.

Like its companions, Lonely Planet's guide to Madrid helps you get the most out of your too, too short stay. From the off, armed with the information gained from the book, I had on morning one scouted some of the jazz and flamenco places that caught my eye, using the metro guide, and then went off to a gallery.

Some of the directions are a little vague, so it wasn't possible to find them all, but I found one that did the job two nights running anyway, a feat that would have taken more than a long weekend to achieve just walking round or asking at the hotel.

I'll admit that I didn't use the book much when it came to restaurants and hotel - none of the ones I ate or stayed at are named or described. But then the city doesn't lack for either, some excellent, some probably normally good if you get the right staff (I managed to get myself in one restaurant where service at table was worse than at McDonald's, but I'm charitably putting that down to the waiter being a jerk).

Also like its companions, the sections on the history of the city, the differences between the barrios, and guides to art, entertainment, food and language came in handy. Also take notice of the warnings about keeping an eye on belongings. Only the timely intervention of a considerate madrileña saved me from being ripped off in the Plaza d'España, my normal street caution suppressed by the fatigue of a day's sightseeing.
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By men on 2 July 2012
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as usual, lonely planet guide is accurate, updated, verry helpful, for serious travellers , helps saving money without missing the point. I had 24 hours in Madrid, and I managed to do and see so many things, thanks to Lonely Planet guide.
Just perfect!
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