APARTAMENTOS HUERTAS is an apartment complex located in a XVIIIth century building which was fully renovated in 2011. This historic complex is situated in a well-known area of Madrid’s “Barrio de Las Letras” on the ‘calle de Las Huertas’ offering the charming ambiance of the old Madrid. This area was once the home and popular hangout of writers from the Golden Century – Siglo de Oro – including Calderón de la Barca, Lope de Vega and his beloved Marta de Nevares and the literary rivals Quevedo and Gongora whom shared a flat here. The neighbourhood is located west of the Paseo del Prado and north of Atocha Street.
An impoverished gentleman named Miguel de Cervantes, father of Don Quijote, rented a room on Cervantes Street1 at the corner with Leon Street (3 min walk). His invaluable remains are currently the object of a passionate and high-tech research project in the “Convento de San Idelfonso de Las Trinitarias Descalzas” located on Lope de Vega street (3 min walk).
Most of the buildings in this area are dated between the XIXth and XXth centuries. Some popular historic sites surviving the Golden Century include the Museum-House of Lope de Vega on Cervantes Street (4 min walk) and the Church of San Sebastian where Lope de Vega is buried. Other remaining buildings belonging to that period are the Palacio del Conde de Tepa (Count Tepa Palace) in Atocha Street (1 min walk), the Royal Academy of History in León Street (2 min walk) and the Palacio de Santoña (current Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Madrid) in Huertas Street, 13 opposite from the Apartamentos Huertas.
Located 8 houses down from Apartamentos Huertas, Cervantes wrote the famous Spanish literary masterpiece, Don Quijote de la Mancha. Within a short 4 minute walk the old printing factory, Juan de la Cuesta, edited the second part of this masterpiece. This is located at the corner of Atocha and San Eugenio Street.
The entire neighborhood is now a popular nightlife spot and tourist destination. We just opened our bar H10 located next to the apartment complex featuring daily drink and food specials and frequented by locals and tourists.
* Due to an administrative mistake of the municipality, the present Cervantes Street should be named Lope de Vega Street after the emplacement of his house, whereas Lope de Vega Street should be named Cervantes in honour of his place of burry