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Would you like to know my deepest secrets?

Long time ago, a river run through my properties. A river which during the summer grew dry, leaving sand everywhere on me.
Knowing my potential, they decided to make me even prettier, making it easier for the circulation to go through me. Since then, people and machines walk over me unaware of my presence.
Time can pass by me however I preserve my magnificence as if it was yesterday that I was born.


From my beginnings, I knew how to connect with all the time periods. Since the XIII Century, San Ginés Church rises over me, whose walls have seen the passing of the years and the inclemency of the years. As time went by more a more people started to surround my area, giving the names of my brothers and sisters.
However, this was just the beginning of my glory. When the Royals built their residence in the Capital, they decided to do it only a few steps away from my territory. Therefore, without doubt they chose me as the principle connection between the Royal Palace and Puerta del Sol. My domains started then to attract counts, dukes and bourgeois, all wanting to be in the neuralgic centre of what was going on around the city. All of them built their palaces and homes upon me, all of them left their mark on me.

Time goes by to everyone and my domain is not less. I have seen architectural masterpieces go up, others have collapsed and again rebuilt substituting one another. As the phoenix reborns from its ashes, my foundation has supported, support and will support all the comes and goes of history. What surprises most of this human race is its perseverance, they create, destroy and then emerge again, stronger each time that they rise.

In 1871 the Eslava Theatre. This theatre has seen beautiful masterpieces, and had been enjoyed by those addicted to the culture of the era. Not being less than one of them, I was there to see each one of them; I cried, I laughed and swung with very different emotions. 1981 was the year of the reopening of the Theatre, but this time as a club.

Oh, we all like to dance and since it was opened, the youngest of the city go there during Madrid’s nights.
Few like me have the honor to be the home of one of the most known and loved characters of the country. El Ratón Pérez, (Pérez the mouse), lives since 1894 in Arenal 8. Today you can visit his house museum. Since the XIX century kids all around Spain have enjoy the adventures of this centenary character.

Oh but if you want to see a frozen fragment of history you must visit San Ginés´ Bookstore.
A fragment of history glued to the side of the Church. Continuing our travel through time, through this passage way we reach one of the ancient chocolate stores of the country. Being so chocolate addicted, I like to visit this place mostly during the cold nights of Madrid´s winter.
My territory has always belonged to the hospitality industry.

One of my favorite places of all these years has been number 15. It was the old “Café de Levante”; known for its social gatherings. Pío Baroja was one of the well-known writers and artists who liked to spend time. Now a days the Hotel Francisco I rises magnificent on my domains. 

Family owned Hotel with few rooms but full of little handcrafted details. I like to observe the comes and goes of its guests, I like to imagine their stories because they are my story.
I am you, your story is now engraved on me, because you have passed through my domains. You have chosen me to write part of your story on me.
Welcome to Francisco I Hotel, welcome to your story.
Now we are linked together.