Designer Tomás Alía gave this member of the Room Mate chain the personality of a party girl with smarts. Taking a nearly impossible tall triangular space, he hung the rooms off one side behind balconies and left a soaring lobby over the reception area. Low lighting and open railings make Laura a bad choice if you have vision or balance issues, and questionable if you’re traveling with children. For everyone else, the rooms are a joy. They have very high ceilings, in some cases so high that the sleeping area is tucked into an overhead loft. Furnishings are spare, contemporary Scandinavian in feel, and the showers are glass display boxes. Several rooms have hideaway cooking facilities for an extra fee. Location is great: almost equidistant from Puerta del Sol, the Teatro Real, and Gran Vía.