Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
In Chueca, the heart of Madrid's gay district, near the bustling shops of Gran Via
The Room Mate Oscar faces a pedestrian plaza on a small street parallel to Gran Via, a historic avenue that runs right through the heart of Madrid. There are dozens of restaurants and cafes nearby, and many major attractions such as Cibeles, El Prado Museum, Puerta del Sol, and Plaza Mayor are within easy walking distance.
Chueca, with its narrow, winding streets full of small, intimate restaurants, lively bars, and gay-friendly venues, is one of the nightlife hot spots in Madrid. It has a decidedly small-town feel to it, but it is undergoing a major overhaul, and areas that were somewhat forgotten are now must-sees, such as San Anton Market, a three-story marketplace with wonderful stores and a beautiful rooftop terrace open year round. From Thursday to Sunday night, hordes of young locals and tourists alike go bar-hopping, have tapas or a nice, romantic dinner with their significant other, and dance until the early morning in this buzzing, young neighborhood.
Gran Via is one of the main thoroughfares in central Madrid, so expect crowds and traffic day and night. The subway, bus, and train are nearby, but most sights are within walking distance.
The Room Mate chain uses funky, bright design throughout their hotels, and the 75-room Oscar is no different. Rooms are quirky with curving furniture, tons of space, flat-screen TVs, and modern bathrooms. Bright colors and a focus on unique touches makes for a nice break from generic chains, but adventurous design shouldn't be confused with luxury: Beneath the playful furniture, this hotel is still very much a value property. However, hotel amenities include a year-round rooftop pool and a rooftop bar/lounge with incredible views of Madrid. Suites offer extra features such as big balconies, even larger bathrooms, and soaking tubs. There are also a few nice perks including free Wi-Fi and free apples in the lobby, but the TV only has Spanish-language channels and the property isn't very family-friendly.