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12 days in spain

Hi,
Does anyone know places to stay in Madrid that have kitchenettes or even a just a fridge? How about in Sevilla? We (3) plan on spending 4 days in each city with day trip to other sites...Is it possible to take a day tour to the Alhambra in Granada from Sevilla rather than spend the night there? How about day trips to Rhonda? Olive oil tours? Can anyone recommend hotels in Ovieto or Malaga? Has anyone been to the Picasso museum? Do any hotel pools open as early as June 1st? So many questions, so little time!
Thanks.

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Lisa,
I just saw your mention of the fact that you are traveling with a child. Hotel Plaza Mayor's one bdrm apartment has a very comfortable sleep sofa. Our travel companions slept on it, and had no complaints. We paid 100 euros/night. The price varies by season and number of nights.

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Wow, that is a lot of questions, but a great trip so definitely worth it.

I have been to the Picasso museum in Barcelona (not sure if you are referring to another one), I really liked it. there was a huge gallery where Picasso had deconstructed and reconstructed the Velasquez Las Meninas (which I had recently seen in Madrid), so it made an impact on me.

I can't remember how far Granada is from Seville, but I feel like it would be hard to do a day trip, the Alhambra is beautiful and you could spend a fair amount of time there. Also, the rest of the city is pretty unique, lots of different cultures and influences make it very eclectic.

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You could do it but I am not sure I would recommend it. First, Granada is worth a day or two and is about a three hour train ride from Seville. Advance reservations are an absolute must for the Alhambra and the Palace has set times for entry that you cannot miss. Second, the Alhambra is massive and you easily spend most of the day there.

If you are staying at hotels with pool you are well above my hotel level so I have not idea with the pools open. Many hotels will have little refrigs but you should ask when booking. I assume if you are using five star hotels that the fridges would be more common.

Which three cities are you planning to use -- you only id Madrid and Seville.

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In Madrid, the Hotel Plaza Mayor has two apartments, a studio and a one bdrm, which can be rented by the day. We stayed in the one bdrm. They have been completely renovated and have all modern conveniences, including a washing machine. Very clean, comfortable, well-located; and the people are very nice to deal with. See the hotel's website for more information.

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I suppose I wasn't very clear. Frank, I meant there are 3 of us. We don't stay in 5 star hotels, but I thought there might be a suite hotels similar to the ones here.We try to keep it around 130 euros a night for a triple. I have seen some hotels that are a little ways out of town centers have pools(to keep the kid happy) that are not to pricey, but pretty characterless.Maybe I can find a public pool one afternoon instead. Raela, sorry I meant the Picasso mueum in his hometown of Malaga. Apparently the collection includes many works that he gave to family members, although now I'm wishing we could've fit Barcelona in!
Right now we plan 2 nts. in Oviedo, 4 in Madrid,4 in seville , 2 in Malaga. We we're trying to minimize the hotel moves. I'm assuming if we did a day tour to the Alhambra the ticket would be included.
Thanks.

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I suppose I wasn't very clear. Frank, I meant there are 3 of us. We don't stay in 5 star hotels, but I thought there might be a suite hotels similar to the ones here.We try to keep it around 130 euros a night for a triple. I have seen some hotels that are a little ways out of town centers have pools(to keep the kid happy) that are not to pricey, but pretty characterless.Maybe I can find a public pool one afternoon instead. Raela, sorry I meant the Picasso mueum in his hometown of Malaga. Apparently the collection includes many works that he gave to family members, although now I'm wishing we could've fit Barcelona in!
Right now we plan 2 nts. in Oviedo, 4 in Madrid,4 in seville , 2 in Malaga. We we're trying to minimize the hotel moves. I'm assuming if we did a day tour to the Alhambra the ticket would be included.
Thanks.

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In Seville I think that the Amadeus has some rooms with a frig.

Yes, the pools will likely be open - especially in the southern part.

No, the Alhambra as a daytrip is not a good idea but as soon as you firm up your agenda you should commit for your tickets.

I have not heard of an olive oil tour.

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I thought it sounded perfect too. They even had a pool! Unfortunately, they're booked up for our dates.
Back to the drawing board.

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We rented an apartment in Madrid last June for a week which was awesome. We also rented an apartment in San Sebastian for only 3 days through Friendly Rentals which was also quite nice so you probably could find an apartment for your 4 day stay. Our apartment was much cheaper than a hotel and was centrally located (near the Royal Palace) and we were able to walk everywhere.