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Room Mate Mario 2.0

Opera, Madrid, Community of Madrid

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Pros

  • Stylish and modern rooms with flat-screen TVs
  • On a quiet street in the city center, close to most attractions
  • Buffet breakfast with a good selection -- included with some packages
  • Books available for guests to borrow
  • Lots of fun seating areas
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Designer lobby with an Internet corner

Cons

  • Easy to get lost in maze-like hallways
  • Bathrooms are small
  • No on-site parking

Bottom Line

The Mario is one of the Room Mate chain’s more budget-friendly options, and caters to a younger crowd. It has a modern atmosphere and lower prices than other properties in the area. The hotel has a great location on a quiet street in the city center, and it’s within fast walking distance of attractions, including the Royal Theater. Rooms and suites have understated, stylish decor and come with flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. The hotel doesn't have a bar or a restaurant, but there's plenty of nightlife nearby. A maze of corridors and stairways could turn some travelers off, but overall it's a good value for the atmosphere and location.

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Scene

Subdued, chic design in common areas; popular with young budget travelers

Off a quiet cobblestone street with a traditional facade, the Mario has understated modern decor, with plenty of seating throughout the dark lobby, including black leather armchairs and velvety couches. Modern white, black, and red artwork lines the walls and trendy, modern light fixtures hang from the ceilings. There's a small lounge area decorated with a black shag rug and cherry-red leather chairs, as well as large black-and-white photos of a bull terrier and a bulldog on the walls. The breakfast room is simple, with lime green walls and clear plastic pod chairs. The hotel's low-key atmosphere and reasonable rates make it a popular choice with younger budget travelers.

Location

On a quiet street, within walking distance of restaurants, nightlife, and attractions

The hotel sits on a quiet street in Madrid's city center, about a block from the Opera metro station and the Royal Theater. It’s in a lively area with plenty of shops, restaurants, and bars nearby. The Royal Palace of Madrid and the Plaza Mayor are each a six-minute walk away. It takes about 20 minutes by car or an hour by public transportation the the Madrid-Barajas Airport. Parking isn't available at the hotel. 

Rooms

Low-key, stylishly designed rooms with flat-screen TVs

The 54 rooms and suites at the Mario are simple and chic, with color schemes relying heavily on black and white, though some rooms have light blue carpeting. The walls behind the beds are decorated with stenciled floral designs. Bathrooms, which are a little cramped, have gray and white tiles and glass-walled shower/tub combos. The bathrooms in the Executive Rooms are a step up, with black tile and large stall showers. Amenities common to all rooms include flat-screen TVs, minibars, safes, and hairdryers.

Features

Buffet breakfast, laundry, and concierge services

The hotel serves a buffet breakfast until late in the morning with a good mix of hot and cold items. There's no business center, but there is an Internet station in the lobby as well as books in multiple languages that guests can borrow. Laundry and dry cleaning services are available, as is babysitting. Hotel staff can make restaurant, car rental, and taxi reservations reservations. Wi-Fi is free and available throughout.

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Address

Calle Campomanes 4, Madrid, Community of Madrid 28013, Spain