Possibly the most visually arresting of the Room Mate hotels, Óscar features a bold and graphic look courtesy of the Madrid-based designer Tomás Ália. Contrast this with the other Madrid siblings — the consciously retro look of Laura, the slightly more conservative Alicia, and the soothingly minimalist Mario — and you can see that there’s some substance to this personality-based concept.
And of course, as with any successful franchise, certain elements remain consistent. These hotels cultivate a certain youthful atmosphere, typically somewhat nightlife-oriented, and Óscar’s no exception there — the location, just off the Gran Via, is close to uncountably many eateries and nightspots, not to even mention its own bar and restaurant. And this one takes a little sideways step closer to luxury-boutique territory, with the addition of a swimming pool out on the terrace.
The seventy-five guest rooms are outré enough that total designophobes may be thinking wistfully of Laura or Alicia; fear not, though, as the unconventionally shaped furnishings prove quite suitably functional. Some are starkly monochrome, others a riot of canary-yellow, lavender, tangerine or lime, but none are anything at all like the beige-carpeted nightmares that drove us to invent Tablet Hotels in the first place — which, in the end, is entirely the point of the Room Mates, fictional biographies and all.