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La famosa periodista del USA TODAY Kitty Bean Yancey estuvo alojada en el apartamento Leon de Spain Select 3 días durante la última semana de abril. Su experiencia ha sido publicada en un artículo a doble página el pasado viernes 18 de mayo. En Spain Select no teníamos ni idea que teníamos tal eminencia escribiendo sobre su estancia y estamos realmente orgullosos de lo que escribe de nuestros apartmentos y nuestro equipo. También da un firme apoyo a la imagen de España en general y de Madrid en particular que muy bien nos viene después de tanta información negativa y tanto alarmismo. Esperemos que sea el primero de muchos otros. Detallo a continuación varios fragmentos extraídos del artículo que puede leerse en su totalidad en el siguiente enlace: Partying and living like a local in Madrid By Kitty Bean Yancey, USA TODAY. May 18th 2012 fragments taken from Renting an apartment in a foreign country is a way to live alongside locals — and feel more like a resident than a tourist. Renting also can buy more for your vacation dollar, especially in Spain, which has been hit hard in the European economic smackdown and where prices are more reasonable than in other parts of the Continent. Restaurants and retailers such as the famous flagship department store of Spain’s El Corte Inglés chain are busy. Cab drivers say tourism is so important that everything possible is being done to assure pleasant experiences. At Ten Con Ten, a pricey restaurant near the upscale Calle Serrano shopping area, every table is taken at 10:45 p.m. on a recent Sunday. Stick-thin fashionistas with blond highlights and their fuller-bodied mates order Champagne and exquisitely prepared black cod with apples. Late-model Mercedes and BMWs wait at the curb under the eye of a valet. Back at the Leon apartment, named for the street it’s on, the time has come to pack. But before leaving Madrid, we make time for one last coffee at La Piola. By now, Marina is greeting us with a “¿Qué tal?”, too. She has given us restaurant suggestions and directed us to the Mercado de San Miguel, a covered market that attracts locals and tourists with paella stands, tapas bars, ice cream vendors and bakeries — whose wares can be washed down with wine at communal tables. She wishes us a safe trip and sends us off with: “Hasta la próxima” (until the next time). And if there is one, it’s a good bet we’ll be back in the neighborhood, living la vida local. USA TODAY Article May 18 2012 Our renovated two-bedroom flat on a narrow cobblestone street in the historic city center costs about $150 a night (about $125 in slow periods). It comes with a fully equipped kitchen including dishwasher, and washer/dryer, complimentary Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and small modern bathroom with granite counter and hair dryer. I rented from Spain Select, a firm I found on the Internet that has a good-looking portfolio of apartments. Madrid offerings start at about $100 a day, says reservations manager Caroline Rees, who estimates that 70% of clients are from the USA. After a personable Spain Select staffer lets us into the “Leon” flat and shows us how things work, we take keys in hand, exit the tile-floored lobby through a heavy, ancient wooden door and start to explore. Downturn doesn’t dampen energy Before landing in Spain, we didn’t know what to expect in a country where unemployment is close to 25% and whose fortunes keep taking a turn for the worse. But for tourists, Madrid doesn’t seem like a city on the verge of an economic breakdown. Beggars are not ubiquitous in tourist areas — though one did allude to what locals call la crisis with a sign saying he was 54 years old and can’t find a job or get help from relatives. Parks and attractions are well-maintained.

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