While the location of this hotel may work for those in Madrid on business or those with a tour group who are travelling by tour bus, in my view, it is a very poor location for tourism on one's own. I would not stay here again as a tourist.
While the hotel is located "next" to the Atocha train station, "next to" is a relative term. It is actually a fair number of LONG blocks (5? 6? 7? 8?) from the entrance/exit, and that walk is through a somewhat gritty, dust blown, trash-strewn residential/commercial (but nowhere to eat, essentially) area. The Atocha metro station is a bit further on from the station--not very convenient although we used it frequently of necessity to get to the city center. (Metro is great.)
The hotel's physical plant is communist grey block on the exterior, and an attempt at contemporary style with a cheap effect in the rooms. Our room was spacious and the bathroom perfectly adequate. The housekeeping was excellent. The front desk service was perfunctory.
Soundproofing between rooms allowed us to hear a neighbor vomiting all night.
The Rafaelhoteles is a 4 star hotel in a 1 star location. Most unfortunate.More
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