A new hotel concept in Madrid
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Situated in the heart of Madrid, CoolRooms Atocha is a new type of hotel concept in the city – an urban oasis combining architecture and gastronomy with activities and innovative tours.
The hotel is in the Barrio de las Letras literary quarter, where some of the Madrid’s greatest writers and authors have lived, and lies just a short walk from the city’s Golden Triangle – the celebrated art museums of the Prado, the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza.
Housed in a historic palace dating back to 1852, it features just 35 rooms, giving guests an intimate and luxurious experience. Recently renovated, the building has been sensitively restored, with stylish interior design and soft, poetic lighting. “This complementary fusion results in a hotel with soul and personality, creating something which is both comforting and stimulating. It is the hotel that Madrid lacked,” says Communications Manager, Lydia Pérez.
The hotel oozes old-world elegance and charm, from the striking Noble Hall to the impressive staircase, guarded by a statue of the god Hermes. Through the grand old carriage pass, guests will discover the heart of this urban oasis –- its secret garden and pool area, the perfect relaxing spot to retire to after a busy day wandering the streets.
Each of the rooms vary in size, but offer generous proportions of between 34 and 110 square metres, resulting in some of the most spacious rooms in the city. Individually decorated, each palatial style room features soft, natural colours, polished wood flooring, designer furniture handmade in Galicia, and modern chandeliers. Pair this with huge marble bathrooms and roll-top baths, and you have the perfect formula for seductive and stylish accommodation, fit for royalty.
At the hotel’s Terrace-Restaurant, Michelin-starred, award-winning chef Joseba Guijarro creates avant-garde dishes with traditional Spanish roots, while at El 34, he brings his winning ‘pintxos’ (the Basque equivalent of tapas) concept from Casa Lita restaurant in Santander.
More than just a place to stay and dine, CoolRooms Atocha also offers guests a range of unique experiences and workshops. These include a tour around Madrid on a Harley Davidson; a unique photography course to capture the essence of the city and the most photogenic parts of the hotel; relaxing yoga and mindfulness sessions on the breezy terrace; and champagne and oyster tastings in the living room. “The pleasure of a trip,” says Pérez, “is no longer only in the comfort of a hotel suite, but simply – and above all – in fulfilling dreams.”