Having friends in Madrid, I visit there once or twice a year and usually stay at the Catalonia Las Cortes, off Plaza Santa Ana (love the hotel and location) . However, because the prices are escalating there, and I wanted to be closer to a Metro stop on this trip (two weeks ago), I decided to try the Catalonia on Calle Atocha.
I was a bit concerned about the noise factor, the hotel being on a very busy street. I was also worried when I saw that the room I reserved (#615, with a terrace) was directly across the elevator. Neither were an issue at all.. the rooms are very soundproofed and I slept blissfully.
The decor here is much more "modern", although not in an over-the-top way like the Melia on Plaza St. Ana, or some of the other design hotels in Madrid and Barcelona. The room was sort of a mini jr. suite, with a small sitting room with sofa and desk, and separate bedroom. Spotlessly clean, thoughtfully designed, fine linens, a great bed, and nice bathroom amenities. The terrace (off the sitting room), was quite large, with two deck chairs and a nice view of the city. And the wifi is free, fast, and reliable.
The front desk people, like the other property, could not be nicer or more helpful. And the Anton Martin station being just down the street is real plus.
I wasn't fond of the lobby-- a large, empty space with little sitting room.
Still, it was a lovely hotel, at a great price for the amenities and location. I haven't tried the other Catalonia hotels, but so far I think the Catalonia management is excellent. I would definitely return!
- 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