Hotel Roommate Oscar. Madrid, Spain.

The Hotel Roommate Oscar on the Plaza Mella in Madrid strikes a terrific balance between fun and comfort. It has everything you really need in a hotel – great location, comfortable rooms, nice bath, plus a few terrific extras. There is a terrific breakfast buffet with pastries, ham, juice, delicious coffee, cheese and more (the Spanish love a big breakfast). Plus the breakfast is served until late in the day. There is also a stylish rooftop bar that is perfect for a not-too-expensive drink or glass of wine while you watch the sun set behind the art deco Telefonica tower.

The roof deck.

The rooms are quirky, but quite comfortable. Although there seems to be a number of different configurations our standard room was spacious, had a bed that made you want to take a siesta, a spacious bathroom with a huge glass shower, plenty of storage and good lighting. The design of the room was clean and minimalist. The walls and fabrics were white.. On one side a large PG-13 black and white, nearly abstract photomural of naked models graced the wall (What must some of the guests made of this? The clientele is isn’t exclusively young or hip.) while across from the photomural was a functional and beautiful translucent mirror that had suspended lightbulbs behind it that created a relaxing atmosphere when you turned it on. There are also deluxe rooms which have large windows overlooking the square in front of the hotel.

The Room

The staff is stylish and friendly, service is minimal (no bellboys, no waiters at breakfast or room service). We suppose this is how they keep the price at a reasonable 100 Euros a night for such a comfortable hotel.

The Oscar is part of the Spanish Roommate Hotel chain. They have four other hotels in Madrid, each with a distinctive style and personality.

http://www.room-matehotels.com

Seven Views of Iguazu Falls, Argentina.


Watch out for snakes with tongues!
A sign warned that snakes might stick their tongues out at you.

Garganta del Diablo
You soon feel the mist from the waterfalls as you approach.
Mist
If it wasn't so warm out you'd wish you brought a rain coat so you didn't get so wet!
People from above
There are many places to view the falls as you hike around the park.
Our friendly and knowledgable tour guides points to where we've been on a large map of the falls.
Our friendly and knowledgable tour guide points to where we'd been on a large map of the falls.
From the water: we took a boat ride!
Our tour to Iguazu Falls felt a bit like visiting a theme park. Our day would not have been complete without a boat ride.

What a view!
Did we mention the theme park aspect? There were lots of wet tourists.