Near the Teatro Real opera house (and Opera metro station), the Mario is on a quiet street a few minutes’ walk from the Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol, in an area with lots of shops, cafés and restaurants.
The 53 rooms are split between standard doubles and slightly bigger executive rooms, with three junior suites. They are all different shapes and sizes, following the layout of the original rooms in the buildings. Some face the street, others onto inner courtyards, but all are pretty quiet. Rooms in the original part of the hotel have bathtubs, while in the newer section there are only showers. Bathrooms are a bit small but very stylish with grey and white tiles and hairdryers. All rooms have brightly-coloured headboards and desks with Philippe Starck reading lamps. There is free WiFi. Room 102 is an executive and one of two suitable for people with disabilities. Single room 106 is undeniably compact, but cute with it and gives onto a courtyard. All singles have 135cm beds.
The lobby is a chic black and white space with contemporary furniture, huge photos of bulldogs and info on cool stuff to do.
Eating and drinking
Buffet breakfast is served until noon in a bright, modern room giving onto the street. No other meals are available but there are dozens of bars and restaurants in the immediate vicinity.
Young staff are friendly, helpful and efficient.
Who stays there
Trendy people who don't really differentiate between work and leisure.
Book as far ahead as possible to get the best rates. Breakfast is six euros.
- High-Speed Internet
- Culture vultures
- Seasoned travellers
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Great value for a design hotel
- Central but quiet street
- No room service or restaurant