Rocio (Maria's mom) was the perfect host. She was quick to respond and gave me excellent directions to her apartment. Upon arriving, Rocio gave me a warm hug and we chatted like old friends. The apartment is conveniently located about a 2-3 minute walk from the Santiago Bernabeu Metro station. From there, you can connect to anywhere in Madrid - super easy. It's also right next to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and, not really being a football fan, I underestimated just how great this was! Anyway, the room is small and can get a bit chilly, but Rocio provides you with a little heater that works wonderfully. Note that the room doesn't have a lock, but at no point did I feel uncomfortable by it. It's almost as if you have that side of the apartment to yourself. The private bathroom is outside of the room, but immediately next to it. It also small, extremely clean and has everything you need from a bathroom. As a guest, you have access to the kitchen, the fridge and the dining room which has beautiful bright natural lighting - a great little spot to have your meal, catch up on emails or simply enjoy the breeze. I strongly recommend you stay here. I know where I'm staying next time I'm in town!