Room Mate Laura
What We Love
- Top location close to the Teatro Real, the Royal Palace and the boutique-lined Grand Via
- Every room has a kitchenette with a fridge, a microwave and a range
- Colorful theatrical decor throughout
- A bounty of buzzing bars and restaurants in the area
- A switched-on concierge staff
- Free WiFi
- Breakfast is served until noon each day (for an additional fee)
What To Know
- This Jetsetter Flex Sale allows for cancellations within the hotel's standard policy
- In summer, guests can use the small swimming pool at the nearby Room Mate Oscar for an extra fee
- The hotel doesn’t have a bar, restaurant or gym, but what it does have is an action-packed neighborhood right on its doorstep
- Ask for a room facing the courtyard if you’re a light sleeper
- Free WiFi
Tomás Alía, one of Spain’s most prominent designers, has transformed a typical 19th-century apartment building into a loftlike space reminiscent of a Williamsburg warehouse. The 36 guestrooms at Room Mate Laura are artsy and modern, with avant-garde furniture, feature walls depicting Spanish queens, blackout blinds and crisp white beds. All are spacious and bright and feature small kitchenettes, neat tiled bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and free WiFi. Some have small balconies, while others have windows in the eaves looking out over the rooftops. On-site facilities are limited to a small breakfast bar (served until noon each day), but the surrounding streets are packed with every variety of place to eat and drink you can think of.
In the Area
This corner of Madrid has been home to the theatrical crowd for the better part of four centuries, and it still has a cool bohemian vibe. When you’re not gawping at the Royal Palace or shopping the Via Grande, sniff out the area’s best tapas bars; try Casa Toni for garlicky mushrooms, beer-battered squid and an authentic old-school atmosphere, or head slightly north to Puerta del Sol and the lovely little Emma Cocina for a light, modern take on traditional Spanish plates. For an art fix, check out the Prado, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, which features works by Joan Miró and Juan Gris. For a change of pace head to the Hammam al Andalus Madrid, a candlelit den of hot Arabian baths built atop a century-old well in the Almudena neighborhood.
How to Get There
We stayed here from 30 May 2018 to 2 June 2018. They upgraded us to a duplex room upon checking in . We did not use the area on the upper floor as the staircases seems very steep.The room is huge in size and comes with a small kitchen but with no utensils in it. As we only stay for 3 nights we did not request for any except a kettle .We were not given the pocket WiFi as mentioned in all other reviews. There are a huge range of toilettes provided and all nicely packaged which was very impressive . The hotel is centrally located as it is within walking distance to many restaurants and tapas bar.The famous San Gines churros, Departmental stores,brand names and also the shopping district are all nearby.This is our first trip to Madrid and we feel very safe staying here.As we were on the first floor and our room faces the square, we could hear loud noises on the street level on a Friday night and both of us couldn’t sleep well though we have already closed the windows. The people in Madrid seems to party all night long. On our last day as we need to depart very early morning we requested the receptionist to give us a morning call.
However this did not happen but fortunately we also had our alarm set on our phone set.The hotel arranged for a taxi for us and this was carried out as per our arrangement which we were glad. Our room rate include the daily breakfast and the spread is quite extensive though small .They have also cold drinking water provided in the lobby area all day for guests. Although the hotel is small , we find it very homely and extremely safe to stay. The reception were also helpful and friendly when asked about where to go etc.The WiFi is slow at times but that is not an issue for us.We would certainly choose to stay here again when we visit Madrid as it provide value for money and it is so easy to walk around on foot to so many places in this nice historical city.
We stayed at this hotel twice, one night before leaving for a bus tour of Spain and then for 2 nights on our return to Madrid. The hotel is centrally located, with many attractions within walking distance. There are also many great restaurants close to the hotel. The room was excellent, the bed comfortable and I had my best sleep at this hotel.
The best part of this hotel is the staff, we were treated better than family, we were able to leave luggage at the hotel while on the bus trip, the staff came and helped us with our luggage when we returned. We were lucky to be in Madrid for the San Isidro festival and the staff made sure we were aware of events that were taking place , we also received a red carnation to celebrate. The experience at this hotel was so great I was wishing we could stay longer.
I would like to thank all the staff , you made our trip memorable!
We stayed here in June 2018. We were in a Family Room (2 adults, 1 teen, 1 tween).
Overall, the hotel is pretty no-frills but it was perfect for us. We spent very little time in the room as we were out each day exploring Madrid and the surrounding areas.
Room: Very clean. Coffee/Tea service a nice amenity. Came with a tiny kitchenette but we did not use it. Shower very small (similar to cruise ship). We appreciated the odd layout but it may not be for everyone. The room is divided in two floors with a double bed and half bath upstairs. The stairs are extremely steep, almost ladder-like. I would not recommend it for someone with small children.
Location: Very walkable to restaurants, shops and museums. Prado was about a 20-25 minute walk.
Front Desk Staff: Welcoming and very helpful with directions, suggestions and logistics. English speaking front desk staff which we really appreciated.
Breakfast: Wonderful selection and open at 7 am which was very helpful for us as we left one morning by 7:20 for a day trip outside Madrid.
The portable WiFi was a nice perk and really appreciated by my teenager.
Stay here! This hotel is in a great location, a quiet pedestrian area , close to Gran Via, lots of restaurants and an easy walk to everywhere in Madrid. It’s near the monastery which is easy to identify if you get lost. 3 minute walk to Plaza Mayor and Sol. Next to a lovely piazza and not on a busy road but close to all the action. Perfect Madrid stay.
I stayed here for 3 nights and then rebooked for a further 3 nights after 2 weeks of solo travel and Camino walk. This was the best place I have stayed in as a single mature age female traveller in Spain and Porto.
The staff are fantastic, speak perfect English and make you feel at home. The outlook from my room with French doors and little balcony was superb. Coffee and tea and fridge in room, ask for anything and they will provide with a smile. Very comfortable bed and lovely linen. Small separate kitchen in room, and excellent buffet breakfast with good coffee and good cereals , croissants , bacon, eggs , fresh juice and tortilla.
But what makes this hotel a stand out is the fabulous warm customer service . Detailed advice about where to go and where to eat. You are never brushed off, they will explain twice or 3 times , you feel safe and welcome. I booked a ticket for the Flamenco festival in June and Sergio gave me detailed instructions about how to get there and printed off my ticket for me. I would never have had that experience without his help. Sergio helped me so much during my stay , and I really appreciated that being on my own. I returned to the hotel because of his hospitality and kindness and joy ! All the staff are fabulous , reply promptly to emails , listen and help , it’s a wonderful place . Well done Laura and thank you Sergio .
Excellent room, large,spacious. Good working facilities (101). But the best was the coffee in the morning. Needed to leave very early, 5:00 but the lady at the desk openened the breakfast area and gave me a coffee. Excellent!