If you’re feeling a bit dreary, the zingy bold design at the Oscar will lift your spirits as soon as you step through the door.
There is absolutely nothing dull or fuddy duddy about this hotel, where the friendly, helpful staff treat you like a felllow human being without any embarrassing kowtowing.
Just off the Gran Vía in the hip Chueca neighbourhood, which is Madrid’s gay hub, and also happens to have rather a lot of shoe shops, boutiques, bars and restaurants. Something for everyone, no matter what your inclinations.
The 75 rooms, designed by by Tomás Alía, come in four sizes and different bright colours, but all have divine beds (I slept really well here) and rain showers. There is free wifi, as you would expect from a hotel group that thinks hard about what its guests really want, with good-size desks in most rooms. And an apple on the bedside table.
Public areas and facilities
Breakfast is included in the rates and served till noon. There’s no huge buffet, but enough to keep you going till lunch, and the coffee is great, which it certainly isn’t in a lot of Spanish hotels, no matter how luxurious.
In summer, the Splash pool and bar on the roof terrace is possibly the most fashionable place in town to be, while the Gift restaurant on the ground floor is a fashionista hangout all year round.
Who stays there
Cool people of all ages.
Rooms at the Oscar are much in demand, so book ahead to get good rates. Leave it too late and they might well be full.
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