Sleep’n Atocha inhabits the sweet spot between hip hostel and budget hotel. Directly across from the eponymous train station, the property sits within walking distance from the botanical garden, the “Golden Triangle” of museums, and Retiro park. But despite the sought-after location, nightly rates remain reasonable. Sure, rooms are on the small side and breakfasts are modest, but when it comes to value, Sleep’n Atocha delivers.
The colorful, bright, and notoriously small digs at Sleep’n Atocha are best suited to short stays—unless you can spare the price of an upgrade. All rooms offer basic comforts such as such as clothes racks, air conditioning, and HQ Bluetooth “Play & Sound” speakers.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Safe-deposit boxes are available in each room, but the €1 cost per use can add up quickly.
Thin glass panels between the bathrooms and living spaces may seem like a good idea—until nature calls. Sinks located outside the bathrooms are a similarly befuddling design choice.
YOU SHOULD KNOW A €5 surcharge is applied when you ask for fresh towels before the three-day mark.
With ample room to spread out on the retro couches and armchairs, the lobby is a great place to mark your map—or to just hang out. Trendster front-desk staff know the city like the back of their hand, so don’t hesitate to ask them for tips and recommendations.
The lounge doubles as a cinema (free popcorn!) in the evenings.
You’ll have to venture outside the hotel for meals beyond breakfast (basic Continental fare included in the room rate), since the hotel doesn’t feature a restaurant. Breakfasts are packed in tidy to-go containers, ideal for time-strapped tourists.
There’s no better home base for travelers with train tickets as Atocha railway station is steps from the hotel. There you can catch the metro (line 1), cercanías (commuter rail), and RENFE and AVE (long-haul) trains.
Bring your appetite if you book a table at Rincón Asturiano II (10-minute walk), a homey tavern around the corner specializing in soul-satisfying dishes from Asturias, the mountainous seaside region in the north of Spain famous for its steaks, stews, and seafood. If you’re in the mood for something lighter, look no further than Vinoteca Moratín (8-minute walk), a pocket-sized chef-run restaurant featuring imaginative tapas and hard-to-find wines.
Lavapiés, the neighborhood located just west of the hotel, has replaced Malasaña as Madrid’s alternative epicenter, and there’s no better spot for people-watching on the weekends. Snag a table on one of the terrazas lining Calle Argumosa—La Buga del Lobo (9-minute walk) or Achuri (8-minute walk) are solid choices—and if 80s music is your jam, round out your night with a few beers at La 80 (10-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Sleep’n Atocha is chic but not too fancy, young but not too rowdy, and affordable but not too bare-bones. Families, solo travelers, and couples will all feel at home at this value hotel—though you won’t likely be spending much time inside with so many of Madrid’s top attractions at your fingertips.