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Barcelona
Links to Trip Reports: @Yehuda, Yehoshua
Kosher Restaurants: http://www.restaurantmacabi.com, https://shaqshuq.com/, https://www.ilansburgerbar.com/ (Under R' Daniel Ashkenazi of Communidad Israelita de Barcelona)
Activities: Jewish Tours in Barcelona, http://www.urbancultours.com
http://www.barcelonadreaming.com/package/barcelona-jewish-tour/
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Other Tips: Jewish Community of Barcelona (Orthodox): http://www.cibonline.org

Madrid
Links to Trip Reports: @Yehuda, @Yehuda pics, Yehoshua
Kosher Restaurants: http://www.restaurantelaescudilla.com  https://www.pinatimadrid.com/  https://www.pizzeriarimmon.com/(teuda)
Activities: Toledo - a day trip from Madrid to see 2 old Shuls. Can hire a tour guide (his contact info is somewhere in the thread), which is not cheap, or can take a train on your own. 1 of the Shuls (El Transito) is closed on Mondays. @Yehuda went on a day when that Shul was closed, and the other Shul was really just an empty room and seemed like a Christian organization now runs the center. Without a tour guide, it was hard to get anything Jewish out of our trip (other than an antique store that had some Judaica). But, people who have taken the tour (discussed in the thread) have said it was great! Recommended to go with a tour or not go at all (and ensure to go on a day when both are open!). Report in the thread that the sometimes-closed Shul has audio headsets for use, so that would help.
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Other Tips: Jewish Community of Madrid (Orthodox), http://www.cjmadrid.org

Malaga
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Other Tips: Comunidad Israelita de Malaga (Orthodox), http://www.cimalaga.es

Seville
Links to Trip Reports: @Yehuda, Yehoshua
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Activities: Jewish Tours in Sevilla/Cordoba, http://www.jewishsevilla.com
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Other Tips: Comunidad Judia de Sevilla, synagoguesevilla@gmail.com

Gibraltar
Links to Trip Reports: Yehoshua
Kosher Restaurants: Amar's Bakery and Coffee shop, http://www.amarsbakery.com/
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Other Tips: Jewish Community of Gibraltar, http://www.jewishgibraltar.com

Mallorca
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Kosher Restaurants: Their is not - one restaurant serve felafel it's own by an israeli but no hechsher
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Shabbos Tips: The Shul its open on Friday night
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4500 IB Avios from anywhere to anywhere in the country
Best way to get around anywhere in this country is by scooter. It is safer driving them there since they outnumber cars by great proportions.
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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #540 on: February 23, 2015, 03:05:50 PM »
Around the corner from the shul

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #541 on: February 23, 2015, 03:15:00 PM »
Around the corner from the shul
Hmmm, also the location looks better and it's not too far from the metro/train stop (Gmaps says 12 minutes). Just the thought of using half the 70k sign up bonus on one place seems like a lot. It was really that nice?

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #542 on: February 23, 2015, 03:23:35 PM »
Has anyone stayed at the Westin Palace Madrid? I reserved a room with SPG points for next month

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #543 on: February 23, 2015, 03:39:59 PM »
Around the corner from the shul
Has anyone stayed at the Westin Palace Madrid? I reserved a room with SPG points for next month
No, but I totally forgot about this hotel. It's available for C+P the night I need. Which is a better deal? The AC Palace or the Westin with C+P?

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« Reply #544 on: February 23, 2015, 03:50:48 PM »
No, but I totally forgot about this hotel. It's available for C+P the night I need. Which is a better deal? The AC Palace or the Westin with C+P?
I stayed at like 5 AC's - they're modern but simple. I imagine a Westin is much nicer, no?

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #545 on: February 23, 2015, 03:55:20 PM »
I stayed at like 5 AC's - they're modern but simple. I imagine a Westin is much nicer, no?
Probably, but the AC Santo Mauro, Autograph Collection looks nicer than the Westin. Also 35k Marriott (at .7cpp) < 16k SPG (at 2.2cpp), but 35k Marriot ~= 6k SPG + $110, that's why I'm not sure. What would you do though regarding the AC Atocha (20k Marriott) vs the AC Santo Mauro, Autograph Collection (35k)?

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #546 on: February 23, 2015, 03:57:46 PM »
Probably, but the AC Santo Mauro, Autograph Collection looks nicer than the Westin. Also 35k Marriott (at .7cpp) < 16k SPG (at 2.2cpp), but 35k Marriot ~= 6k SPG + $110, that's why I'm not sure. What would you do though regarding the AC Atocha (20k Marriott) vs the AC Santo Mauro, Autograph Collection (35k)?
See the location of both places and how they are in terms of activities. I thought all ACs were the same level of hotel. Guess not if one is Autograph.

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« Reply #547 on: February 23, 2015, 04:36:06 PM »
See the location of both places and how they are in terms of activities. I thought all ACs were the same level of hotel. Guess not if one is Autograph.
Looks like based on what you did (Retiro Park and the Palace (as well as Plaza Mayor near the Palace) the AC Santo Mauro looks like it's in a better location. Since we only have 1 day in Madrid that's all we'll end up doing anyway. Also, like you, we don't plan on eating at the restaurant for 2 reasons: 1) we'll be bringing food from Italy; and 2) it's almost all fleishig and I don't do that.  Even so, the only potential better hotel option is the AC Palacio del Retiro, but TA says that Santo Mauro is nicer so I'll probably just suck up the 35k and change it to there. The AC Atocha is cheaper, but it seems like the only thing it's near is the train station, which is apparently not a requirement to get to/from the airport. At the AC Santo Mauro you're a 20 minute walk from the Nuevos Ministerios metro stop, where the 8 train leaves from to go to the airport.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #548 on: February 23, 2015, 04:44:19 PM »
My wife was all upset; apparently the actor Ryan gosseling stayed in the santo Mauro right after we left.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #549 on: February 23, 2015, 04:45:00 PM »
Looks like based on what you did (Retiro Park and the Palace (as well as Plaza Mayor near the Palace) the AC Santo Mauro looks like it's in a better location. Since we only have 1 day in Madrid that's all we'll end up doing anyway. Also, like you, we don't plan on eating at the restaurant for 2 reasons: 1) we'll be bringing food from Italy; and 2) it's almost all fleishig and I don't do that.  Even so, the only potential better hotel option is the AC Palacio del Retiro, but TA says that Santo Mauro is nicer so I'll probably just suck up the 35k and change it to there. The AC Atocha is cheaper, but it seems like the only thing it's near is the train station, which is apparently not a requirement to get to/from the airport. At the AC Santo Mauro you're a 20 minute walk from the Nuevos Ministerios metro stop, where the 8 train leaves from to go to the airport.
Wow, just thinking about those 2 items we did and I got hit with awesome memories. That day in Madrid was really fun - you guys should enjoy!!!!

We definitely did not go through Atocha to get to the airport. Not sure which subway line got us there, but seems like you figured it out. I also ran the airport route by the front desk clerks at basically every hotel and they can give tips that Gmaps might not have.

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« Reply #550 on: February 23, 2015, 04:57:11 PM »
Wow, just thinking about those 2 items we did and I got hit with awesome memories. That day in Madrid was really fun - you guys should enjoy!!!!

We definitely did not go through Atocha to get to the airport. Not sure which subway line got us there, but seems like you figured it out. I also ran the airport route by the front desk clerks at basically every hotel and they can give tips that Gmaps might not have.
Yeah, I got the info directly from the airport's website.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #551 on: February 23, 2015, 05:49:43 PM »
Probably, but the AC Santo Mauro, Autograph Collection looks nicer than the Westin. Also 35k Marriott (at .7cpp) < 16k SPG (at 2.2cpp), but 35k Marriot ~= 6k SPG + $110, that's why I'm not sure. What would you do though regarding the AC Atocha (20k Marriott) vs the AC Santo Mauro, Autograph Collection (35k)?

It was only SPG 12,000 pts/night for my dates next month...but it looks like you're going to the busy season

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« Reply #552 on: February 23, 2015, 05:51:19 PM »
It was only SPG 12,000 pts/night for my dates next month...but it looks like you're going to the busy season
Correct. I just decided to stay at the AC Santo Mauro after all.

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Re: Spain Master Thread
« Reply #553 on: February 23, 2015, 05:52:15 PM »
There ya go

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« Reply #554 on: February 23, 2015, 05:54:22 PM »