Madrid’s Hotel Atlántico: European romance and charm on the Gran Vía

“Let’s do something different,” I suggested to E before my fifth visit to Madrid. “Let’s check out a new hotel.” He paused for a few moments. TheEurostars Madrid Tower Hotel had been great – modern, spacious and sophisticated. Trying something new meant risking disappointment. “It will be an adventure,” I prodded. He sighed gently and then we began researching Trip Advisor. Ultimately, we settled on Hotel Atlántico. After we booked I fretted silently, worrying it would turn out to be a disaster.

Instead, it turned out to be a wonderful choice.

The hotel is located on the Gran Vía, one of the most recognized and photographed streets in Madrid. Translated as the “Great Way,” the street is filled with ornate buildings of varying architectural styles, many topped with domes. The Gran Vía is eye candy for tourists and photographers and has served as a backdrop for literary works, films and demonstrations. 

The story of the building that houses the Hotel Atlántico dates back to 1910. According to the hotel’s website, the Marquis of Falces commissioned the architect Don Joaquín Saldaña to build residential housing. What he created was an architectural landmark with “an eclectic French style, a wide variety of friezes, jambs, tympanums, balustrades and finishes, all decorated with an allegorical, fantastic approach.” (Click here to read more.)

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