Madrid-Barajas Airport is the main international airport serving Madrid.
I flew to Madrid & stayed in The Auditorium. From checking various sources, this is a popular haunt & lived up to expectations.
Having asked for, & received, a view overlooking the airport, room 2114 (rooms 2001 – 2114 inclusive, will have a similar view. I was also advised that all of these rooms are smoking rooms, although you couldn’t tell in mine).
The window in my room opened, it pushes out from the bottom so when at 90 degrees it provides a good place for as SBS aerial. Anyone over 5’8′ should be careful though, not to bang their head when they stand up as I did on more than one occasion.
The open window allowed clear views of both runways 33L & 33R. Arrivals on 33L are easily read off & those on 33R are ok first thing in the morning and late afternoon. Heat haze can cause a problem at other times. Aircraft parked at Terminal One are also readable. With an SBS not a lot can be missed. Arrivals/departures into Torrejon can also be monitored.
As others have said, breakfast is superb, from 6.30-11am, consisting of a large buffet. Food in the evening is reasonably priced for an airport hotel.
There is a shuttle bus service that runs between the airport & the hotel, which is free of charge to all guests staying at the hotel. I only waited ten minutes on arrival, outside Terminal Four, for it to appear. Even though it stopped at the other terminals en-route to the hotel, the journey time was only twenty minutes, so hardly a problem.
For those people who have not stayed in the airport area before, you get to see a Douglas DC-9, which is parked outside Terminal Two, between the trees.
Should you experience a delay with the shuttle, there is a board/sign located adjacent to the shuttle bus pick-up area, which has the telephone numbers of the majority of the hotels, including of course, The Auditorium, listed on it.
The return journey was equally painless. A timetable is followed, with departures every thirty minutes, or at peak times, every fifteen minutes. No pre-booking is required, other than you should arrive at the departure point a few minutes early.
I got a seat on the 0930 service on a Wednesday morning, & there was just myself & a fellow spotter. For a free service the shuttle is excellent & affords no complaints from me.
Hotel information provided courtesy of Dan.
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