When we booked a weekend break in Madrid our plan was to have a break from the cold London climate. Our next proper holiday isn't for a while yet so we wanted to chill and recharge.
Our luck must've been out as the day before we got to Spain there was freak cold weather across the country and it was snowing in Spain! All while London enjoyed the warmest weekend of the year so far.
And to top things off Cooper picked up a nasty bug and had to spend most of the weekend in our hotel room.
All this means we didn't manage to do all the things we'd be planning in Madrid as we only enjoyed one full day in the city.
So if you're planning a whistle stop visit to this vibrant city, here's our sweet selection of key pitstops to enjoy when your time is short.
Only You Hotel
This is the second time we've stayed at Only You and it's such a beautifully and interestingly designed hotel that we were still walking around taking in all of the details on this visit.
With a few well-placed curiosities like a rhinoceros head above the fireplace and walls made of white suitcases, the hotel has a modest wonderland feeling without ever losing it's classic Spanish decorum.
Have wine, cheese and ham in the wine bar then after dark take a cocktail in the lounge.
Rosi La Loca
We had the most delicious tapas lunch here when we first landed in Madrid.
Tucked away on a side-street just around the corner from Puerta del Sol, the restaurant isn't huge so try to arrive at a quiet time to avoid disappointment.
The aubergine/eggplant fritters are one of the most delicious things we've ever eaten and you have to order the mozzarella with pesto - not only is it better than any mozzarella we've ever had in England, but the waiter using a syringe to inject the pesto right into the middle of the cheese is definitely photo-worthy.
Lunch for 2 (we shared 5 tapas plates) and 3 alcoholic drinks between us was about 50 euros.
Time to get dolled up or throw on you dapper gentleman swag - renowned chef Dani García has brought his 2 Michelin stars from Marbella and is now serving fine Andalusian cuisine and tapas in this stunning restaurant just next to the Paseo de la Castellana.
If you're a fish-eater you'll be spoilt for choice. if you're not then there's plenty of delicious meat on the menu.
We loved the smoked vanilla and caramel whisky sour!
This gluten free cake shop that's attached to the Only You hotel cheered us right up when we were both feeling out of sorts.
We had the turmeric and ginger shots to settle our stomachs.
They also do healthy breakfasts and savoury snacks.
Delicious and (almost) guilt-free!
Saturday night in Madrid, like in the rest of Spain, doesn't get warmed up until after midnight. We went for some pre-drinks at the bar Enfrente in Chueca then headed to Bearbie at around 2am and it was still pretty quiet.
With a room upstairs playing fierce pop (Britney, Christina etc) and another room downstairs playing more dance, we really enjoyed ourselves.
If you go to Madrid, let us know if you tried any of these recommendations. Contact us as email@example.com