We stayed at the Room Mate Alicia from 7th-10th February 2009.
The hotel is in a fantastically central location, and Plaza St Ana is a very popular area for Madrileanos to socialise so on weekend nights it is quite noisy, but if you're planning on eating out Spanish-style you won't find this to be a problem as you'll be heading back to the hotel at the same time the locals head home!
The Room we had was a standard room, but was on the fifth floor with huge windows so had lovely views across the plaza, and probably a lot quieter than some of the more expensive rooms on the lower floors. It was clean and beautifully presented, with a very stylish bathroom (the toiletries are also very nice...)
Breakfast at the tapas bar attached to the hotel is very nice, and offers everything you'd want: cereal, croissants, toast, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, (Spanish style) bacon and eggs, coffee, juice and more! The reception staff at the hotel are extremely friendly and, as mentioned before, can all speak excellent English (not too common in Madrid).
As it's opened recently it's not in many guides but I would recommend the Hammam Baths (about 7 mins walk from the hotel), for 23 euros you get 1 1/2 hours of total relaxation in underground heated pools (if you search for Hammam baths Madrid it will come up).
There are lots of good tapas bars near the hotel, it's best to do as the Spanish do and hop from one to another, as when you order a drink they'll give you a small portion of free tapas (different at every bar)!
Good restaurants that we went to include: La Finca de Susana (amazing value for money in a very stylish setting, we had a three course lunch with a glass of wine each that only cost 21.30 euros!), and Bocaito (a bit more expensive but very authentic and lovely food).
Room Mate Alicia is a great place from which to explore Madrid as it's within 12ish minutes walk of the three big museums, and the main shopping district near Puerto de Sol.
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