We stayed at the Orfila for 4 nights in July. We arrived by car at 8.30 pm with a lot of luggage and were immediately welcome upon arrival by an employee who took care of our bags and parked the car in the hotel undergound car park. The two superior rooms we had booked (#36 & 37) were both very clean, large and comfortable. After four days at the Marques de Riscal hotel in ElCiego, the very traditional decoration of the Orfila in Madrid was a bit of a shock but this is clearly a matter of taste and is no big issue. As the hotel is located in a very small street, noise is no problem and we could rest nicely. It was very hot in Madrid at the time of our stay and we really appreciated the AC in the rooms which worked perfectly well. The hotel wifi was also excellent. We found that the garden which is much advertised by the hotel and where meals can be served was quite small. A fairly tall and new black building in the back of it also spoils the view and atmosphere a bit. So, the garden was clearly below our expectations but it was still nice to be able to sit outside in a quiet environment in such a big city.
The hotel location is good, close to the luxury shopping area and not far from the city center. For the Prado or Thyssen museums and the older part of town, the Ritz or the Westin Palace are clearly closer but a taxi ride from the hotel to these places only takes around 10 mn and costs no more than 5€ to 6€.
If like us you tend to prefer to take your meals outside the hotels where you stay, there are a number of nice options within half a mile from the Orfila. We liked Mallorca for breakfast (as from 9am) or a quick lunch and El Mantidero de la Villa or Tomate for dinner. All quite simple but good quality. A bit farther away, in the middle of the luxury shopping area, Paraguas has also proved to be a very nice place for dinner either inside or outside on the street terrace.
Overall, we had an extremely pleasant stay at the Orfila and the quality/price ratio was very good. We shall no doubt go back to this hotel next time we are in Madrid.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The small XIX century palace was transformed into a hotel in 1999, respecting the majestic style of the era, at the same time as installing all the appropriate commodities for a luxuorious establishment from the end of the nineteenth century. Only a year after it opened, the hotel joined the Relais Chateaux Chain of hotels, a group of the most prestigious hotels in the world. The hotels belonging to the Relais Chateaux must have 4 or 5 stars and less than 100 rooms, and be outstanding their strict respect for the five concepts that define the philosophy of this hotel chain: character, courtesy, charm and cuisine.Located in a quite exclusive residential area in the cultural and business centre of Madrid, this creates a framework for a different concept of the hotel business in the capital of Spain.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------El palacete del siglo XIX, se transformó en hotel en 1999 respetando el aire señorial de la época, al tiempo que se le dota de todas las comodidades propias de un establecimiento de lujo de finales de este siglo.Solo un año más tarde de su inauguración, el hotel ingresó en la Cadena Relais Chateaux, que agrupa a los hoteles más prestigiosos del mundo. Los hoteles miembros de Relais Châteaux deben contar con 4 y 5 estrellas y menos de 100 habitaciones, y distinguirse por cumplir estrictamente los cinco conceptos que definen la filosofía de la cadena: carácter, cortesía, calma, encanto y cocina.Situado en una zona residencial, exclusiva y tranquila en el centro cultural de negocios de Madrid, sirve como marco a un concepto diferente de hostelería en la capital de España. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Orfila Hotel Madrid