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Room Mate Laura

Spain   Madrid   City Centre   Why Madrid?
Madrid, Barajas 15kms
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Reviewed by Michael Soffe

THE LOVELY LAURA ..............

Please forgive the indulgence, but the title of this review applies equally to the Room Mate hotel in Madrid as it does to my Co-Director and Co-Founder of!!! I thank her whenever I can and now as we have found a wonderful Hotel that shares her name I get the chance to do so here in writing. The two Laura’s are similar in many ways – chic, stylish, lovely to look at, efficient – I could go on and on!!! However, I am here to review the Hotel and not my Co-Director so I guess I should concentrate on the Hotel and save her any more blushes!! Suffice to say my Co-Director gets six stars!!!

The Room Mate Laura is in yet another excellent location in central Madrid in the Plaza de las Descalzas – a short walk to the Opera Metro station, Royal Palace, Puerta del Sol and the Gran Via. Although contemporary in style (like all the other Hotels in this chain) it has a slightly different feel and many of the rooms have a “loft style” apartment feel to them. Tomás Alia (a prominent Madrid interior designer) is responsible for the decoration. Creams, white and subtle pastel shades with a splash of bright colour to add impact. An atrium style, gleaming white reception area sets the tone as you enter from the square.

As with all the “Room Mates” I found the staff and Manager to be great “Mates” – helpful, friendly, smiling and always full of good advice on local events etc. I must say that they “school” them well.

The 36 bedrooms are divided amongst Studios, Lofts, "Chic" Lofts and Attic Suites, the latter two categories being large in size for Madrid. All have en-suite bathrooms, aircon and heating, flat screen satellite TV, Wi-Fi, minibar and safe, All have small kitchenettes (unusual in this city) located in a cupboard area and these are unlocked and become available for your use if you are on a longer stay of seven days or more. The Lofts and "Chic" Lofts are lovely – spread over two floors with a salon on the lower area and a bedroom on the mezzanine floor above, or vice versa. The bathrooms in the Lofts are either on the lower level or on the mezzanine floor, whereas the "Chic" Lofts have a bathroom on each floor. The Attic Suites are enormous and have been built on the upper floors under the sloping eaves and would be ideal for honeymooners looking for something different in this exciting city. The luminous quality of these rooms is excellent with windows and skylights providing a good source of natural light.

Breakfasts (included in the room rate) are served at your leisure in the basement breakfast room – a buffet style with a good range of cereals, fruits, yoghurts etc. No other meals are served in the Hotel, but with the Gran Via five minutes walk away and the trendy, gay area of Chueca with its upmarket restaurants being just a ten minute walk you do not have to go far for good food.

An ideal Hotel for those who want a very central downtown location. The upper categories of large and light rooms make you forget you are in a city where space is often at a premium. A good price for Madrid too.

Breakfast is included in the room rate


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PLEASE NOTE - the prices should be used as a rough guide only. The Hotel operates a policy similar to that of the airlines, with prices fluctuating according to occupancy levels. The earlier you book the better deal you will get. We can guarantee that we will get the best deal available at the time of booking . Late deals may also be available so please contact us and we will do our best!

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Cancellations received less than 24 hours before the arrival date and in the event of a no-show: the total cost of the first nights stay will be charged by the Hotel.

Cancellations received 7 days or less before the arrival date for reservations in Feria Periods: the total cost of the first nights stay will be charged by the Hotel.

For all cancellations will charge an administration fee of 15 Euros.