ROOM M AT E

Book a stay with the ho­tel brand that’s rev­o­lu­tion­is­ing the mini-break

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There is a gap in the ho­tel mar­ket, ac­cord­ing to the group of bright, young Madrid lo­cals be­hind Room Mate. The world needs ho­tels in city cen­tres that are de­sign-led but con­vivial – places that feel like you’re stay­ing at a very stylish friend’s house – and are run by a brand that’s not pre­oc­cu­pied with un­nec­es­sary, ex­pen­sive ex­tras. Set­ting about fill­ing that gap, Room Mate opened its first guest­house in its home­town of Madrid in 2005, and new ones have been pop­ping up at an in­creas­ingly fast pace ever since – there are now 22 Room Mate ho­tels in 12 cities across the world, from New York to Florence, with branches open­ing in San Se­bas­tian, Rot­ter­dam and Paris this year. The suc­cess is per­haps due to Room Mate’s hu­man­fo­cused phi­los­o­phy – it thinks of those who stay as ‘peo­ple’, not ‘clients’, and is the first in­ter­na­tional ho­tel chain in the world to roll out a sign lan­guage in­ter­pret­ing ser­vice for deaf guests. Our favourite spot so far? The chic new Barcelona out­post, Room Mate Ger­ard (pic­tured), brought to life by Chilean de­signer Jaime Beri­es­tain, whose stu­dio and technicolour con­cept store are based in the city. Set in the Eix­am­ple dis­trict – fa­mous for its Mod­ernist build­ings – the ho­tel boasts a gym, rooftop pool and a sun­deck, as well as Wi­mate, the ser­vice that of­fers Room Mate guests free Wi-fi through­out the whole of the city they are stay­ing in. What more could you want from a home-fromhome? From £101 per night (room-mate­ho­tels.com).

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