I have found European hotels generally cannot compare to US or Australian hotels in terms of room size, quality, and cleanliness. Pleased to report that Best Western Atlantico blew me away! After reading the reviews I had dreams about a tiny desk set up in a dark foyer to receive guest - in reality, it is simply that the front desk is quite small, so I can imagine it gets pretty busy.
The hotel has its own website and offers pretty good rates, including discounts if you are 'junior' (under 30 I think) and senior (over 65). But the best rate I found was on Expedia - my mother and I were able to book a superior room on Expedia at less than the cost of a standard double using the hotel's own website.
The room was fantastic - twin beds are usually in larger rooms than double beds I think. Very roomy, with a large enough wardrobe for our 4 night stay, as well as a small tea table and chairs. We were on the 8th Fl overlooking Gran Via, but at that height the street level noise is no problem.
Service is great - everyone was helpful with a smile. They even scanned some documents for me.
The 9th fl. opens up to a lounge/bar, with a rooftop terrace area which is gorgeous. Complimentary tea and coffee is served, which is great on a cold day. There is also an office-type room where the hotel offers internet connection on a computer for free, though they don't advertise this as you can also pay for access in your room via the TV.
Foodwise, Zahara is good for breakfast, particularly if like my mother you prefer eggs to pastries. Don't go on Sundays though, as the price jacks up significantly and it's better value for money to pay 9E for the hotel's buffet.
Bathroom was excellent. Shower over bath (2 different shower heads) as well as a double sink and a separate room for toilet and bidet. By far the best layout in any European hotel I've seen at this price. It was such as a bargain!
The hotel staff also recommended a restaurant called La Gloria de Montera. Don't go if you like great food. The restaurant has a great vibe and a lovely setting with friendly staff, and the prices are ridiculously cheap. Which explains why the food is so ordinary overall, and terrible in some dishes. We found a couple of places which were great - Meson O'Luar which is about 5min. walk away down Gran Via on San Bernardo. They do great boquerones fritos (fried fresh anchovies) and paella. We didn't find this place touristy, and the food is terrific at very reasonable prices. Even better, their kitchen doesn't shut between lunch and dinner so we could get a very late lunch/early dinner if we'd done a full day's shopping. Another great place was El Cucurucho - about 5min walk away from hotel on Postigo de San Martin (near the El Cortes Ingles), and again cheap but great food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Atlantico offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. The hotel has 2 terraces with panoramic views of the city. Rooms are soundproofed and feature a classic decor. Each one has flat-screen satellite TV, a safe, minibar, ironing facilities and a private bathroom. Atlantico Hotel has an elegant cafe-bar and a daily buffet breakfast. In the area you will find a wide range of shops and dining options. Chueca District is 500 metres away and has a lively nightlife. Staff at the 24-hour reception can offer tourist information, and luggage storage is available. A free transfer to the hotel from Madrid’s Barajas Airport is offered. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Atlantico Gran Via Madrid
- Hotel Atlantico Madrid Centro
- Atlantico Hotel