travel/accommodation

TESOL-SPAIN 41st Annual National Convention

Travel & Accomodation Information

About Madrid

Madrid is not only a beautiful city inviting visitors to stroll leisurely in the Retiro Park, admire the paintings in one of its many worldclass museums or stroll through the Literary and Habsburg Quarters in Old Madrid. The city is also brimming with shops, tapas bars and cafés. And as the geographical and administrative centre of Spain ait is easy to reach from both inside and outside Spain.
In the (very little) free time the convention will allow for, you will have a choice of some of the world’s best museums, a visit to one of the many theatres or the opera, or maybe even a quick trip to El Escorial Monastery. We sincerely hope that you enjoy our city, everything this Convention has to offer you and the opportunity to renew professional contacts and friendships.
For further information, visit the official Visit Madrid! website.

About the venue

We are very grateful to the Universidad Complutense for allowing us to use their premises at

Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Facultad de Educación
Centro de Formación del Profesorado
C/Rector Royo Villanova s/n
28040 Madrid



The venue is equipped with an Aula Magna, classrooms of varying sizes, a wifi internet connection for participants, cafeteria and the option of streaming plenary talks to other classrooms.
The easiest way to reach the venue is by taking underground line 6 to “Metropolitano” station. An underground plan is available here.

On accommodation

Board members and invited speakers are staying at the convention hotel Gran Versalles, C/ Covarrubias, 4; 28010 Madrid. Phone +34 914475700. Fax: +34 914463987 Email: hgv@hotelgranversalles.es. The hotel is right next to Alonso Martínez Underground station, where you can take line 4 to “Argüelles” and then line 6 to “Metropolitano”, which should take around 20 minutes.
If you’d like to stay near the convention site, you have the option of booking a room at Residencia Galdós right opposite the venue. A shared double room with full board is €39,97 per person, and a double room for single use, full board included, is 55€. Please contact info@residenciagaldos.com for further information and bookings.
Madrid offers a huge variety of accommodation options. The organisers have decided not to give specific recommendations but rather to refer travellers to the standard online portals, which frequently offer better prices than can be arranged by reaching specific agreements with hotels. Accommodation in the are of Reina Victoria Street, Cuatro Caminos or Moncloa will ensure a short commute.

For travellers

You can reach Madrid easily by plane, train, coach or car.

If you are planning to travel by train, please notice that we have arranged for a 30% discount on standard national RENFE train fare. In order to obtain this discount, please contact us at birgit.strotmann@gmail.com and we will forward the corresponding information. Note that you need to have pre-registered for the convention in order to qualify for the discount.

From the airport: You can either take underground line 8 into the city center, or opt for a taxi ride, which should cost you from 50 to 70€ depending on destination or traffic. Many big hotels also run their own shuttle service. If you’d like to go to the conference venue straight from the airport, take line 8 to “Nuevos Ministerios” and then line 6 to “Metropolitano”.

From Méndez Álvaro bus terminal: Take underground line 6 to “Metropolitano”. In half an hour, you should reach your destination.

From Atocha train station: Take underground line 1 to “Guzmán el Bueno” and then change onto line 6 to “Metropolitano”. In half an hour, you should reach your destination.

From Chamartín train station: Take underground line 1 to “Cuatro Caminos” or line 10 to “Nuevos Ministerios” and then change onto line 6 to “Metropolitano”. Travel time is 40 minutes.

Where to eat near the venue

If you’d like to have lunch near the convention site, you can visit the venue’s cafeteria. Other options are Glacé Café at Paseo de Juan XXIII, 22Beer and Grill, Calle de Almansa, 105; or Residencia Universitaria GaldósCalle Ramiro de Maeztu, 2.


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