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Catalonia Atocha
Ranked #76 of 442 Hotels in Madrid
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Reviewed 8 September 2012

Have just spent 3 wonderful days in Madrid staying at the Catalonia atocha...this was our first visit to Madrid and we did a lot of research before we travelled as to which hotel to stay in and all the positive comments on trip advisor about this hotel are 100% true. It's location is perfect for exploring all that Madrid has to offer on foot or on the metro. The rooms are very very comfortable, the shower was fantastic and the roof terrace was a huge bonus and a great way to unwind after a day of sightseeing. The staff where fantastic and made us feel very welcome. We cannot recommend this hotel enough...just book it!! When we come back to Madrid (hopefully soon) we would not stay anywhere else.

Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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cataloniaatocha, Director General at Catalonia Atocha, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2012

Thank you very much for choosing our hotel and, of course, thank you very much for your extremely kind review. We look forward to seeing you again very soon. Best regards from Madrid.

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Reviewed 7 September 2012

Catalonia Atocha

I would like to list the pros and cons of this hotel and end with a summary of what we experienced while staying at the Catalonia Atocha.  

Pros
1) Housekeeping is friendly and did excellent work
2) Breakfast buffet was good and plentiful
3) Beds were very comfortable
4) Walkable distance from hotel to Prado, numerous squares, good dining options, Puerta Del Sol and Gran Via
5) Close to the Atocha Rail station so easy to get to if coming into Madrid via the AVE.   However, don't walk it as its too far to lug bags and it's steep uphill
6) Able to walk around safely at night. 
7) Wonderful bakery next door
8) Great rain shower fixture in bathroom

Cons
1) Hotel decor is very drab. The paneling on the walls is actually wallpaper. I know this because I saw it peeling in one of our 2 rooms. 
2) Area surrounding the hotel is "suspect". Another reviewer referenced a sex shop down the street from the hotel. This is actually a strip club (pole dancing and all).  For me from the hotel down toward the train station, it looks like a very undesirable areas even though we were able to walk around safely at night.  However on the street running parallel to Calle de Atocha, it is a nicer area.
3) Bathroom sinks do not drain completely due to their design

Biggest Con and the major reason or the low rating:
Front desk staff and others were not friendly at all. Only the hostesses in the breakfast buffet area and housekeeping were kind enough to greet you with and "Hola"and a smile each time they saw you and recognized you as a guest in the hotel

Summary
I was very disappointed with not only this hotel, but with the hotel chain in general.  Our party of 3 had originally made plans to stay at the Catalonia Las Cortes. These reservations were made a month or so in advance of our trip. Less than 24 hours before we were to check in to the Las Cortes, we received an email saying they were moving us to the Catalonia Atocha due to a reservation malfunction.  Luckily I had my IPhone so that I saw the email immediately when it came in and was able to respond that we would accept the change.   The hotel staff at the U232 in Barcelona was able to help to determine if our entire party was being moved or just 2 of us.  My problem, in addition to the late notice, is the fact we weren't given options. Yes, they provided complimentary breakfast, but help me to understand why when I went to the Las Cortes website on the day we received the email saying we wouldn't have any rooms, I found the same rooms we had reservations for still available for the same days we requested,  albeit at a much higher rate.  

Now for the staff at this hotel. This was not our first trip to Europe.  We have travelled to many other countries.  We have never ever been ignored like we were during our entire stay at this hotel.  Me, personally, I have never been a guest in a hotel in any country where the front desk staff didn't greet you upon entry into their hotel.  Not one time did we get an "Hola" upon returning to this hotel. It is not a "Spain thing", as we were in Barcelona for 4 days and 3 nights and the front desk always offered a "Good Day" or "Hello" upon entering.  The lack of basic customer service would not have been a problem except we noticed how others were being greeted upon entry or exiting the hotel.  At one point the staff member who was helping me, took the time to wave and smile at another guest that was leaving while she should have been helping me.  We were never afforded such a courtesy.  Also note, we did not complain or make any sort of a scene during these very obvious slights. My husband and I were not even asked how we enjoyed our stay upon checkout. So what does that tell you?

Another instance, my husband and I were one of the first to arrive for breakfast one morning. We were greeted  by a very friendly hostess (by the way, all of the hostesses were friendly),  my husband and I were standing at the omelet station when another staffer (he appeared to be a member of management as he was dressed quite nicely in a suit) spoke to the young lady preparing our omelet, but did not utter "Good Day" or "Hello" or anything to us.  Ignored again. 

In addition, I went to the front desk to ask the young lady about the different modes of transportation to the airport.  She told me about the taxi, and the shuttle that we could walk back to Atocha station and for 5€ we could catch the shuttle to the airport from there.  I told her,  "No, there is another option where they pick you up and the hotel".  She said she didn't know of another.  I told her OK and went to my room where I pulled out my IPad and found the name of the company.  I took the IPad back to the desk and showed her and she said, "Yes, I know of this company". She then proceeded to go to her closet where they keep tourist information and pulled out the standup board that had all the information about this particular shuttle company.  I had her to call the company and she was able to obtain a reservation for my party of three. 
Speaking of transportation, not one time did anyone go over the different modes of transportation in the city. No explanation of the subway system (there was a stop a block away) or the bus system upon our arrival at the hotel. 

Please understand, there was no language barrier at this hotel.  I am not a rude American who goes abroad bringing my customs trying to force them on others.  I greet all in their language and I try with my poor attempts at speaking the language because it's the right thing to do.  

This hotel did not do what was right by us nor did it meet my expectations for the good customer service others seemed to have received while staying there.  We were not treated warmly (except when we went to the front desk to ask a question and some of the front desk staffers acted as if we were an imposition) and we were ignored in favor of other guests.

Finally, This hotel may be perfect for others.  However, I cannot recommend this hotel due to its lack of concern for us as customers. Had the front desk had been more customer focused, the hotel would have warranted a better rating. 

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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6  Thank gvldiva
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cataloniaatocha, Director General at Catalonia Atocha, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2012

Dear Madam:
My deepest apologies that you felt our reception and front desk staff were not friendly and helpful. I can promise you that they normally are very welcoming. (and I say this from a first-hand perspective, as my office is located just off the reception area) At Catalonia Hotels, we believe that the best stay comes with good service, and this includes always treating our guests with kindness and respect. In any case, I warmly thank you for taking the time to write such an extensive and detailed review. Please do not doubt that we will carefully analyze each and every point discussed. In regard to your treatment by the reception staff, we will take this as a warning. It is true that sometimes, in our every day work and routines, we forget things that are fundamental. And one of these things is that we must never lose our sense of hospitality and kindness. Warmest Regards.

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Reviewed 7 September 2012

I stayed here last time I was in Madrid and it really is a wonderful hotel. Clean, with friendly and helpful staff, and a great rooftop cold tub to cool you down in those hot Madrid summers. The excellent is also excellent, within 10 minutes walk of Atoche train station, the Prado and Sol.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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cataloniaatocha, Director General at Catalonia Atocha, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2012

Thank you very much for taking the time to write your opinions about the hotel and share them with other web surfers who visit TripAdvisor web site. Do not hesitate it helps us a lot. On the other hand, we are very happy to see that you had such a good stay in our hotel. It will be a pleasure to have you again soon in our hotel. Best regards.

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Reviewed 5 September 2012

My wife and I stayed here on vacation and were very impressed. It was new, clean and had very helpful staff. We arrived at 8:30 am and were pleased to find they offer early checkin on an as-available basis for 10 euro. I have paid half the price of a room on a regular basis for business travel and found this very reasonable. The room was nice and very new. Although breakfast was not included, they had a special offer for 10 euro when we were there (usually 16 euro). We had breakfast both days and it was great. I would have paid the $16 euro for what we got.

We had coffee and desert in the coffee shop downstairs and found it very nice also. Overall, great place in a wonderful location, that was at a very reasonable price. Our experience in Madrid was great and this was part of it.

Room Tip: They have a nice patio on the 7th floor. Great place for a drink or to bask in the sun. Second tip...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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cataloniaatocha, Director General at Catalonia Atocha, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2012

Thank you Sir for your kind compliments, especially for those referring to our buffet breakfast. We are doing our best to improve the variety and quality of the food and, of course, the quality of the service. And it is nice to see that our guests appreciate it. We look forward to seeing you soon in the hotel. Best regards from Madrid.

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Reviewed 3 September 2012

Classed as a 4 star - but should be a 5* in my opinion! The Junior Suite was absolutely superb - high ceilings painted with a wonderful mural. Wonderful old fashioned feel, modernised with new furniture. Beds were so comfortable and had both soft & hard pillows for your preference. Bathroom had his n' hers sinks & spa (but no bidet).
Superior Suite was very modern & spacious (with bidet) and had nice balcony with lounge chairs.
They couldn't facilitate extra beds for the children.
When we come back to Spain - We will be definately staying at this lovely hotel again!!!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Shilo R
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cataloniaatocha, Director General at Catalonia Atocha, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2012

Reading your review we have realized you have been in the most beautiful rooms of the hotel: the Superior Room with terrace and the Junior Suite. It will be difficult for us to impress you next time! By the way, you can always make the reservation for the same kind of room, as the supplement for those special rooms are very competitive and reasonable. Thank you very much for your kind compliments. Best regards from Madrid.

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Reviewed 2 September 2012

Use the hotel in connection with business in Madrid. I would recommend the hotel as clean, friendly and well located. Breakfast good wih pleasant staff. My only grumble is that wifi is free but if machine times out you have go through login process again. Quite trivial in the scheme of things. Worth a visit

Stayed: August 2012, travelled on business
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cataloniaatocha, Director General at Catalonia Atocha, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2012

I agree with your kind opinion: our hotel has been designed to be as good for spending a weekend break either organizing a corporate meeting. Next time, I invite you to see our Meeting Rooms, big enough for 120 people in school shape. Regarding the internet conexion, it is true that the system automatically disconnects any device when is not in use. This is usually the same everywhere and the reason is comprehensible: too many devices connected at the same time would lower speed conection. That is why the system disconnects the computers that are not beeing used. Thank you very much for your valuable time and for your kind words. Best regards from Madrid.

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Reviewed 2 September 2012

One of the best hotels we have stayed in considering we only paid around 60 GBP per night. The furnishing were very modern and everything looked brand new and in excellent condition. Our room on the 7th floor was very quiet & an above average size with a large bathroom and included a safe, fridge, hairdryer & free, fast and reliable wifi (a great deal considering the other hotel in Madrid we stayed at just down the road was charging 12 euros a day for internet!). 24 hour reception was also very helpful for us as we checked in after midnight with absolutely no hassle.
The staff were all great, very helpful and friendly and spoke excellent English. Very close to all major tourist spots in the city centre - 5-10 minutes to the Prado & the other 2 big museums, the Retiro & Plaza mayor only 10 minutes away. Also right next to a subway station for any further away journeys. Also plenty of bars and restaurants in the area but we never found it too loud or busy. Finally the rooftop terrace was a great way to relax after a long day and the jacuzzi was always a nice temperature for a quick dip in the heat. Also found it very quiet & in the 5 days we stayed we often had the whole terrace to ourselves. Having been to other European capitals I can safely say this hotel was cost 2-3 times as much in a similar location in London, Paris, Rome etc.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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cataloniaatocha, Director General at Catalonia Atocha, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2012

Thank you very much for your extremely kind review. It is true that you have chosen the best time to find good deals on hotels in downtown Madrid, as August is the lowest season in the city. Although November, December and January are also very good months to get very competitive rates. That said ¿Why not planning a winter trip in Madrid? Of course, it would be a great pleasure to see you again among our guests. Thank you again for your very kind words.

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Address: Calle Atocha 81, 28012 Madrid, Spain
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Region: Spain > Community of Madrid > Madrid > Huertas
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#24 Romantic Hotel in Madrid
#40 Business Hotel in Madrid
#58 Luxury Hotel in Madrid
Price Range: £85 - £163 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Catalonia Atocha 4*
Number of rooms: 138
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the center of Madrid, a few meters from Paseo del Prado and Atocha Station, the gateway to Madrid of high speed trains (AVE), Hotel Catalonia Atocha benefits from a strategic location; one step away from the main museums and tourist attractions of the capital and in an area of ​​great commercial and leisure activity. The hotel is complemented by a café-snack bar, a restaurant for conventions and events, free Wi-Fi and a beautiful terrace with heated seasonal jacuzzi with spectacular views over the city. ... more   less 
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