Room Mate Oscar Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Chueca, Madrid, Spain

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Pros

  • Great location in the heart of Madrid's gay district near shopping on Gran Via
  • Quirky rooms with bright colors, curvy wraparound couches, and comfortable beds
  • All rooms have flat-screen TVs and big bathrooms with modern fixtures
  • Suites have spacious balconies (and some have soaking tubs)
  • Rooftop pool and bar/lounge with great city views open year round
  • Free Wi-Fi and free apples in the lobby
  • Popular magazines in the rooms

Cons

  • Design isn't always kid-friendly (lobby wall reads "SEX")
  • Standard rooms are on the small side (especially the bathrooms)
  • King mattresses in standard rooms are two twins pushed together (typical of European hotels)
  • Only light food available on-site

Bottom Line

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.

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 Location

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.

  • 19-minute drive to Madrid-Barajas Airport
  • Steps to restaurants, bars, shopping, and nightlife
  • 6-minute walk to Puerta del Sol
  • 9-minute walk to Cibeles
  • 11-minute walk to Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
  • 12-minute walk to Plaza Mayor
  • 12-minute walk to Puerta de Alcala
  • 15-minute walk to Retiro Park, Madrid's most famous garden
  • 17-minute walk to Plaza de Oriente, home to the Royal Palace, the Royal Theater, and Sabatini Gardens
  • 18-minute walk to El Prado Museum
  • 18-minute walk to upscale shopping on Serrano Street
  • 20-minute walk to La Almudena Cathedral
  • 22-minute walk to La Latina, a nightlife hotspot
  • 22-minute walk to Reina Sofia Museum
  • 25-minute walk to Templo de Debod Park, with great views and an original Egyptian temple

 Bottom Line

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.

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Address

  • Plaza Vezquez de Mella 12, Madrid, Spain 28004

Room Types

  • Deluxe Room
  • Junior Suite
  • Mini Suite
  • Standard Room
  • Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 74
Pool: Yes
Internet: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Chueca, Madrid
Address: Plaza Vezquez de Mella 12, Madrid, Spain 28004
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