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
Room Mate Laura is on a quiet street off a quiet square in Madrid, however its location is wonderful. It is very close to Puerto del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Mercado de San Miguel, easy walking distance to the Prado and Reina Sophia Museums, and close to lots of restaurants and shops. The staff is very gracious and helpful. For 20 euros we upgraded to a suite that had an upstairs loft and second bathroom. While we didn't use it, it made the ceiling height about 20 feet, which was great. The room was large and had two Juliet balconies. We would definitely stay there again.
Stayed here for four nights at the end of November and were very pleased we’d chosen this hotel. The location is brilliant, within easy walking distance of Plaza Mayor, Sol, Opera and Gran Via. The hotel is extremely clean and the staff couldn’t be more helpful and friendly, giving advice on travel and recommending restaurants. Breakfast was more than adequate and served from 0700 hours to midday. We were celebrating a special birthday whilst there and when we returned to the hotel that evening a bottle of wine had been left in our room, which was a lovely surprise. A great hotel which we would definitely recommend.
Pro’s: a family of 4 could fit in a room. We were in Room 105 which is a loft apartment style. The “master” is upstairs. Nice to have 1/2 bath up there. The bed is two twins pushed together. The sofa was pulled out and is two twins...really firm. The hotel is in nice location for walking most places. The staff - everyone of them - was kind, energetic, and helpful.
Cons: generally there was only one person at the desk which means if people were checking in or out you couldn’t ask them questions or get help. The worst part was the noise. Outside our window are large trash bins and glass recycling. People enjoy throwing single bottles into it to smash them. Also the truck comes around 2am and feels like it is in the room. Also add to the construction on a nearby building so loading/unloading metal scaffolding plank by plank hitting the ground starting around 4 am. If you’re a light sleeper maybe ask for a different room or try a different place.
We arrived in the afternoon and was greeted by Marta. Friendly and well spoken, made us feel really welcome. The rooms are really interesting. A good size with interesting murals. The location could not be better. Close to the markets and plaza mayor. Would not hesitate to recommend this. During the stay, Barbara is super responsive. Cannot ask for a better team. Well done!!
I'm so pleased that I went with this unknown hotel chain, but I will definitely book with Room Mate in the future. Javi at the front desk was fantastic. He was a like a machine attending to multiple tasks at once while giving me excellent attention and service. I wrote ahead to see if I could have early check-in, and although it was not possible, Javi wrote back promptly, and upon arrival had upgraded me and my daughter to a suite so that my daughter and I good have separate beds. Javi gave me great walking directions, booked us a reservation at Barraca for a wonderful meal of paella, and was just overall amenable. The hotel is in a great location; close to shopping, restaurants, metro if you feel so inclined, and to the plaza. I would definitely book upon my return! Oh, and very cute kitschy bath products which we loved. Will add photos later. Saved a little money for breakfast and ate at a bar across the street and paid what we would have for one person at the hotel breakfast.