Atocha is a zone of Madrid that is located in the surroundings of Atocha railway Station. Even if it is a place of arrival and departure of travellers, some of the most interesting attractions of the city can be visited in Atocha. That’s why there also are many hotels and lodgings in this area. Atocha borders with other interesting neighbourhoods of Madrid, such as Barrio de las Letras, Retiro or Lavapiés, so visitors will always have cool plans around here. The public transportation is one of the advantages of staying in Atocha: there are Metro stations (Atocha and Atocha Renfe, Line 1), a railway station, a commuter trains station and many bus stops, as well as car parks and taxi stops.
Around Atocha spreads one of the richest concentrations of art in the world: the Golden Triangle of Art. It is composed by three museums: the Prado Museum, which displays classical paintings, the Reina Sofía Museum, which shows modern works, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, which gathers paintings from a private collection and includes all the periods and styles. That’s why we can say that the most distinguished neighbours of Atocha are Pablo Picasso, Diego de Velázquez, Salvador Dalí, Francisco de Goya, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Vincent Van Gogh or Claude Monet. Atar Atocha Station it is located one of the less known jewels of Madrid: the Museo del Ferrocarril (the Railroad Museum). It is set inside the oldest railway station of the city, built in the 70s of the 19th century. This station is called Delicias Station and was also designed following the cast-iron rules. Its address is Paseo de las Delicias 61, five minutes walking from Atocha Station.
Atocha neighbourhood is synonym of culture. The first option for a tourist that comes here is to visit an exhibition inside a museum or a gallery. Apart from the temporary and permanent exhibitions in Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums, visitors can also discover other galleries in Atocha such as Caixa Forum or even Joaquín Leguina library, an old beer factory that organizes some exhibitions. Those who love peace and nature can have a break in Atocha as well: the Botanic Garden is located close to the Prado Museum and the Buen Retiro Park is not far from here. But Atocha is also a lively borough at night. Right here it is located one of the biggest and most famous discos of Madrid: Kapital. Local celebrities usually come to Kapital on weekends, sharing the space with young people and techno lovers. This disco has five floors and it is just 300 metres away from Atocha Station.
As we said, Atocha is a neighbourhood full of places to stay. Humble lodgings and hostels are located around Atocha Station, serving as a place to stop over for travellers on the go. But this area offers other alternatives, more comfortable and expensive. For example, Mediodia Hotel, a two-star accommodation just in front of Atocha Station facade. Visitors that are looking for more luxurious hotels can stay at Husa Paseo del Arte Hotel, in Atocha street. But the most exclusive accommodation in Atocha and probably in Madrid is located in Plaza de Neptuno (Plaza Cánovas del Castillo, between Prado Museum and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum): the Ritz Hotel and the Palace Hotel, symbols of luxury.