I found Only Hotel Atocha by accident. My usual hotel was fully booked and I looked around the area when I spotted it. It is one of my coolest Madrid finds so far. Very understated entrance, at the corner opposite the hustling and bustling Atocha station (the King’s Cross of Madrid). The moment you enter though, there is nothing understated about it. The decor in the lobby is industrial, funky and vibrant. There is music playing and also jars and jars of pick and mix candy for guests to enjoy while they mingle around reception. The staff was super friendly both times I stayed there.
I have had a street view and an internal courtyard view room, and I am happy to report that although the hotel is smack down the middle of a busy intersection the rooms are super quiet. I love the industrial and rustic vibes. The size is OK, it is definitely not spacious but cozy. However, all the funky details around make it an enjoyable space and just about enough for a quick in and out. I probably would not choose it for a stay that requires more time spent in the room, as then I think I will find it too small but it is perfect for 2-3 days. The tea and coffee mugs and kettle kind of remind me of being in a mountain hut. Probably the red checkered throw helps as well. So if you pull the curtains you can totally pretend to be somewhere in the forest.
The bathroom is a pattern galore between the floor and the zebra inspired bathrobe – which I LOVE. Great toiletries from Rituals, so overall thumbs up.
I absolutely loved the breakfast. It is situated on the top floor with a roof top terrace, opening to stunning views of Madrid. However my highlight was that in summer there was a massive of dragon fruit. Now, I know a lot of people question my love for the said fruit but I am absolutely head over heels for it. Paying 4£ per fruit in Whole Foods in London just makes me cringe (although I admit, I do it occasionally when the craving is out of control). So, any hotel that offers this fruit as part of its breakfast spread immediately gets 5 stars from me. I also love the motivational quote mugs and the lightbulb juices. I know this sounds really healthy, very unlike me, but what can I say – this hotels brings out the best in me.
The wifi is a bit of a pin if you are on a Mac. It is one of those unsecured connections for which you need to go to an unsecured IP in order to connect. It took me a few hours to figure it out but once you connect it does work.
Overall I would absolutely recommend it for short business stays.