Room Mate Mario
Edgy, post-modern design defines this budget-boutique hotel, located across from the Teatro Real opera house. In the hotel, which is one of four Room Mates in Madrid, find black sofas and quirky bulldog photos in the lobby, and bright primary-colored lighting that continues into the breakfast room. There’s more offbeat design in the 54 guest rooms, where the focal point of each is the individually designed headboard. These range from warped checkerboard patterns to florals. More practically, each room has a mini-bar, wireless Internet, Phillip Starck lamps, and a green apple on the bedside table.