Hotels in Sol (Puerta del Sol) - Stay in one of Madrid hotels near Sol to truly experience the vibrant atmosphere of the city. Hotels in Sol Madrid Spain offer different price category. Rates are quite reasonable for 3 star hotels Puerta de Sol Madrid Spain. When you stay in a cheap accomodation in Madrid Sol area, you'll save money and enjoy comfortable rooms, basic amenities, convenient location and easy access to other parts of the city. The more expensive hotels in Sol area Madrid give you grander accommodation, upscale toiletries and full facilities, with the added luxury of being attended to by 24/7. Generally, hotels in the Sol area of Madrid have the added advantage of being the hub of activities.
Sol (Puerta del Sol) - Surrounded by well-preserved historical buildings on all sides no higher than 5 stories, Puerta del Sol is the pulsating hub of Madrid. Most visitors would make it the starting point for their exploration of Madrid as the roads that branch out from the center would take them to various attractions that are within walking distance. A favourite hang-out place and shopping for both the locals and visitors alike, Puerta del Sol once housed the eastern gate of the city that was adorned with the image of the sun, hence it's name the 'Sun Gate'.
The square is a bustling area and is crowded day and night. Right at the heart is an imposing statue of King Carlos III sitting regally on a stallion and right in front of it is a beautiful red brick building, the Casa de Correos, built in 1768. Once a main post office, it now houses the government offices. Its unmistakable feature is the clock tower that rises above the neighbouring buildings. When you're in Puerta del Sol, you should do two things really. First is to pay homage to 'El Oso y El Madroño', which is a statue of a bear eating fruits from a tree. This is one of Madrid's famous landmarks and it symbolizes fertility of the soil and aristocracy. The other one is to find the rather obscure marker painted on the pavement of the square near the clock tower. It actually marks the starting point for the highways in Spain. At night, Puerta del Sol turns into a fairyland with a kaleidoscope of neon lights that brighten up the area.