My hotel in Madrid – the Hotel Petit Palace posada del Peine — was wonderful and a perfect location because it’s in the center of everything and only steps from the Plaza Mayor, the Mercado San Miguel and the Plaza del Sol. Further it’s part of the High Tech chain of hotels that insures you have excellent WiFi connections.
My drive to Logroño took only 3.5 hours, just as Pamela Drewe from IQ had said. Thanks Pamela. I drove my little Volvo – note Hertz in the Estacion Antocha is very hard to find but once you do, they’re very helpful. With my Droid Navigation set up, off I went up to the Rioja region where lots of wine is made and mile after mile of vineyard. BTW, I got out of the center of Madrid before the strike closed all those roads.