I recapped most of the highlights from my Madrid trip with the 12 Things to Do and See in Madrid post, but I wanted to be sure to share where I stayed! Since we made a stop over to Rome, that split our Madrid trip in to two. Rather than staying at the same hotel on both legs, we mixed it up and stayed at another hotel. So, that left me with two hotel recommendations. Check out my Where to Stay in Madrid recommendations!
Hotels/Accommodations usually falls in my lap when we travel. With Madrid, I really did not know much about the city or what areas I wanted to be close to, so I went with “city center” during my search. I typically use Hotels.com, search by the attraction I want to be near or in this case city center. I then sort from cheapest to most expensive and keep cycling through until I get to the sweet spot of reasonably priced decent hotels. For Madrid, that landed me Roommate Oscar for the first leg of our trip and Roommate Lara for part two!
We only stayed at Roommate Oscar one night because we headed to Rome the next day. We learned from our visit to Oscar that the Roommate hotel brand features small boutique hotels with locations throughout Madrid. From our standpoint they were kind of cool and fairly priced. My aunt and I shared a room with twin beds at this hotel. We loved this room! Unlike many hotels in Europe, ours was large with plenty of space for our suitcases and other junk. The beds were also really comfortable and much appreciated after a long travel day. Our room also had a decent sized bathroom with a tiny shower and a separate water closet.
The highlight of Roommate Oscar? Their rooftop bar! As I mentioned in my first Madrid post, visiting a rooftop bar is a must while in Madrid. Lucky for us our hotel happened to have one that seemed to double as a lounge/club spot too. Other highlights included a Starbucks right outside of the hotel for you Americans that cannot do without. Plus the hotel offers a great breakfast for an upgrade. My parents highly recommend the Spanish Omelette.
The Roommate Oscar was just outside of the city center, but still very walkable. We walked down to to the Grand Via and the Plaaza Mayor with no issues. There were also several restaurants nearby and a plaza.
For the second leg we stayed at the Roommate Lara, a sister hotel for the Roommate Oscar. The key difference between Oscar and Lara? Location and setup. Roommate Lara was a little more in the thick of things making our walks to nearby attractions easier. Lara also seemed to be a remodeled historic space while the Oscar had a newer facade.
The pros? Our room was a HUGE loft. Our had a large bathroom featuring a bidet and other amenities. Ironically, once again there was still a super small shower. Across the hall from the full bathroom was kitchenette for those who enjoy cooking on vacation (not my ministry). Next there is a living room with a kitchen table and a trundel bed. There were also large windows. The coolest part of the room though? The loft area upstairs plus another half bath. How often do you have a hotel room with two bathrooms?? Now this hotel room was clearly meant for more than two people, but my aunt and I thoroughly enjoyed the extra space to spread out!
I loved both hotels and would stay at either of them again. The spaces were beautiful and centrally locations. We also felt safe walking around the neighborhoods near our hotel. For our trip in March, we paid about 100-200 Euros a night for each hotel. For those who have been to Madrid, please share where you stayed in the comments!