I'm thinking of renting an apartment near the Museo Reina Sofia, and I'm wondering if anyone is familiar with that neighborhood. The place I am looking at is on Calle de Argumosa, between where it intersects with Calle del Doctor Fourquet and Calle del Doctor Piga. The Lavapies metro station is not too far away -- though it looks like the apartment is a little closer to the museum than the station.
If it matters, I like staying in places that feel like real neighborhoods (that is, not places that are overly touristy, and not places that completely empty out at night, as happens in many American downtowns). My preference is to be close to bars and restaurants, but I'm not interested in nightclubs and hope to avoid a lot of noise at night. I'm traveling solo and will be there the first week in September.