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Madrid - quiet neighborhood with park, near museums

We are just beginning to plan a trip to Spain, starting with 4 nights or so in Madrid In late September. Can anyone recommend a neighborhood to stay in that is quiet with nice tree-lined streets possibly, near a park and an easy walk (maybe less than 2 miles) to the museums. We see some apartments in the Centro area and the Salamanca area, also there is a rental in the Cheuca neighborhood we are thinking about, but we have never been to Madrid and so don't know anything.
Thanks so much!

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We stayed at the Roommate Alba for several nights which was quiet and pleasant. It is within a 15-minute walk or less to the Prado Museum, Royal Palace, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, El Retiro Park and many restaurants. We did not purchase the breakfast option, but they let me buy cappuccino in the morning for 2.5 Euros. I would stay there again.

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Let me just preface I am a budget traveler working in Cdn$ so this may not suite you. I stayed in an apartment between Atocha and Prado Museum on Calle del Gobernador
The only true downfall was the miniscule bathroom and shower.
There is a Botanical Garden right beside the Prado, a great Patisserie and Carrefore Express on the street. In another direction are green grocers.
Retiro park is extensive and though I did walk towards the Salamanca area (lovely Belle Epoque type apartments and boulevards) the park comes back towards Atocha and that is the end with the outdoor used book sellers on the opposite side of the Bot. Gardens than the Prado. In the middle of Retiro is an old Crystal Palace refurbished and used for installations or events.

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Most of the Centro, including Cheuca, won't qualify as particularly quiet or green. And like any city, even quieter neighborhoods have bigger, louder streets.

The easiest answer would be anything west of Paseo del Prado and very close to Retiro Park. It will be both quiet and very close to the major museums. You might also look at Arguelles/Chambari, above Plaza de España.

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See what you can find in the Retiro neighborhood. We've stayed there on previous trips and really enjoyed it, and it is literally across from the park and museums. On our most recent trip, a couple months ago, we ventured further afield into the Malasaña neighborhood, and did not enjoy it as much. Pretty noisy ("lively" they'll say in the write-ups!)