We (couple with 9-year-old boy) stayed here two nights at the end of a two week Spain trip. We wanted a base from which to explore the art museums, and this hotel served our purposes well.
The location on Atocha street is walking distance to most of the major sites, and the train station. The Sofia (location of Picasso's Guernica) is right down the street, and the Prado is an easy 10 minute walk. The street itself is a bit loud, and not very scenic, but you can easily walk into the narrow side streets and plazas where shops and good restaurants are abundant. The two major squares where (thousands of) people gather - Plaza Mayor, and Puerta Del Sol, are each a short, scenic walk away.
Getting to and from the airport can be done via the train station, or much more simply with a 30 euro, 15-20 minute cab ride.
The hotel itself is nicely put together. The public spaces are somewhat underwhelming, but the rooms are well designed, nicely appointed, and sparkling clean. It's not a grand property, but it is a good value and a very satisfactory home base for exploring the museums and tourist areas of Madrid.
If you're planning a big trip to Spain, with multiple cities, I personally would spend only enough time in Madrid for the museums, and then move on to places like Barcelona and Seville to really get immersed in Spanish culture. Madrid is such a big, bustling city that it feels more generically international than Spanish - kind of the New York of Spain.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Catalonia Atocha Calle Atocha 81 Hotel Madrid