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On the southern edge of the Chamberi district, close to nightlife, shopping, dining and Castellana
Hotel Orfila is located on a short, attractive tree-lined street in the area of Chamberi district between Alonso Martinez and Colon. While the former is young and vibrant, with many restaurants, shops and bars, Colon sees a lot of businessmen and women, mainly employees of law firms, banks and insurance companies. Proximity to Castellana, a main thoroughfare lined with corporate offices and old palaces, makes it a convenient area for those in town for business. Many restaurants and shops are within easy walking distance, but most sights are a drive or subway ride away.
Chamberi is an upscale district just outside of the center of Madrid (originally the neighborhood was built outside of the city walls). Its streets are lined by 19th-century buildings -- including many historic mansions -- that now house hotels, restaurants, and galleries. A popular sight in the district is the Sorolla Museum, the late impressionist's former home and studio, located a few blocks north of the hotel.
A 19th-century mansion was renovated in 1999 to create the 32-room Hotel Orfila. This historic, traditional hotel has a beautiful marble lobby and restaurant, and rooms are filled with genuine antique furniture. Each room has unique decor, but share a similar style of soft colors, floral patterns, and dark wood accents (though in certain rooms the effect is frumpy rather than charming). Beyond space and an old-world ambiance, guests can expect solid service at this boutique property. There is also a lovely outdoor patio surrounded by greenery. Charm and location keep guests returning -- the hotel is on an attractive tree-lined street a short walk from numerous restaurants and shops.