- Free Wifi
I was traveling with my girlfried for two weeks and decided to stay here while in Madrid. We picked this place becuase it had a great write up in the New York Times.
Upon arriving we were impressed with the lobby, room, and location. It was more than expected. While checking in they also gave us a room upgrade which we thought was awesome at the time.
Our stay kind of took a downward turn at about 7:00 AM the first morning when we were awoken by jack hammers right outside our window. I understand hotels can't stop construction for guests, but a little warning would have been nice. We also thought it was amuzing that they put us in the room directly above the jack hammer. We questioned whether the room we were given was truely an "upgrade."
We complained about this situation, but were offered no sympathy or help.
If visiting Madrid we would definately stay here. Rooms are big, clean, and new. Breakfast was up to par as well. Just be sure there is no construction outside your window.
The Room Mate Laura is a funky little hotel located in Old Madrid, 5 minutes from Plaza Callao and its shopping, 7 minutes from Plaza Major and its throngs of tourists. It is slightly out-of-the-way, so it is quiet, and it has these amazing window shades that made our room pitch black in the middle of a sunny Madrid afternoon. Perfect for that siesta, which you need when dinner isn't served until 11 pm. The morning breakfast isn't gourmet but it's good, and the staff were friendly and helpful. Plus, it's not expensive. What more could you want?
A friend and I stayed at the Hotel Laura about a month ago for a several-day visit to Madrid. Our experience there was wonderful. First of all, we were warmly greeted upon check-in and upgraded to the duplex level room at no extra cost.
The room was huge considering what we paid; substantially bigger than our New York apartments. I believe the same type of room has been described before: living area on first floor, complete with bathroom, walk-in kitchenette, large couch, breakfast table, balcony with street view, flat screen wall mounted TV, and closets; and bedroom, desk area, and more closet space upstairs. Yes, perhaps the staircase is a little tough to master, but the room has a great setup and you can't beat the amount of space.
The furnishings are not at all opulent, but they are trendily attractive (think IKEA) and the space is very pleasing to the eye considering its cost.
The free breakfast is really fantastic--most free hotel breakfasts (at least in the states) consist of bad coffee, instant oatmeal, bagels, and some sorry looking fruit. This breakfast included cured meats, cheeses, a Spanish omelette, a wide range of juices, breads, and much more.
Two very small gripes: first of all, the hotel advertised a free wi-fi connection, and maybe it's the fault of my computer, but we couldn't connect (and the man at the desk at the time was of very little help). Second of all, the room could have had a couple more basics in the kitchen--we wanted to have a bottle of wine and some snacks before heading out but there were no wine glasses, corkscrew, silverware, or plates. However, considering the amount we were paying it's okay to let that go.
Overall, it's a wonderful budget/boutique hotel in a great location, the perfect place for young travelers looking for a cool, affordable, place to stay!
We went to Madrid for the second time. At the first time few years ago we stayed in Hotel Wellington in Salamanca quarter. This time we decided to try a hotel in the centre near Puerta del Sol and Grand Via. What a terrible choice!!!!!
We stayed in Room Mate Laura for 3 nights and it was impossible to sleep all the time. The hotel is located between a street with many bars and a square with a lot of traffic. Just under our window there was a public car park entrance, so it was a terrible noise all night long...
About the Hotel itself...The modern décor is not enough to be a good hotel!! Uncomfortable beds, small bathroom and overall uncomfortable room...
Basic breakfast in a room without windows!
We do not like the location although it is a walking distance from the main sights in Madrid. Next time we are going to stay again in Salamanca quarter witch is much more quiet and close the most fashionable shopping area (Velasquez and Serrano) and it is also a walking distance to the Museums.
One good thing about Room Mate Laura: the staff...they were always kind and helpful.
Went to Madrid for second time in 3 months with 2 friends and stayed here based on the Trip Advisor reviews. I'm afraid my confidence in Trip Advisor reviewers has been shaken by this hotel as I didn't find it anything like as good as many others. It has some good points but it places far too much emphasis on quirky style but lacks many of the basics I expect of a decent hotel.
Like many other reviewers we also had a duplex room, this time on the ground floor, with the bed downstairs. The upstairs space had a ridiculously deep sofa at 90 degrees to the flat screen TV and was frankly a waste of time. The stairs have already been commented on before and I agree with those who feel they are a health and safety hazard.
Good points: nice staff, good location, good bed, good shower, bathroom small but ok.
Bad points: 1 key between 3 guests, no additional copies available; pointless upstairs space; no tea/coffee facilities in room or even in hotel except at breakfast time (I know there are lots of places nearby but sometimes you just want to chill out in the hotel or room); only one ironing board for hotel, which was unavailable for hours because another guest had it but reception didn't know/care where it was; uncomfortable chairs in room. There was just nothing that made us want to spend anymore time in the room than was strictly necessary.
In summary this place falls a long way short of what I consider a 4 star hotel to be, I would say 2 stars would be more appropriate. A little more attention paid to the basics of being a hotel instead of the apparent obsession with vacuous style would serve this hotel very well.