It used to be a coffee and OrÃºs chocolate factory
For our visit to Zaragoza we decided to try out the hotel NH Orus. Although it isnÂ´t in the the center of the city, it only took us fifteen or twenty minutes to walk to the Basilica of the Pilar. We had a little trouble finding the Basilica, though because it is on the other side of the tracks from the old train station, and there is only access from one side of the street. The area around the hotel is pretty calm, but at night it might make you a bit nervous because its not right in the city, and there arenÂ´t as many people around. Parking is a bit complicated, and you almost have to park at the hotel (for the price of 12 euros). On the bright side, the number 22 bus takes a direct route from the Basilica to the Hotel.
The building was rather striking. It used to be a coffee and Orus chocolate factory, and we were glad to see how NH has taken advantage and revitalized such emblematic buildings. The hotel is divided into two parts: the front desk and reception, dining room and lounge on one side, and the rooms on the other side of the patio. The buildingÂ´s age was obvious, although we never felt like the imperfections made our stay less enjoyable, although at some point, IÂ´m sure there will be renovations.
At the front desk we met Eduardo, who we wanted to mention specifically in our article for his fantastic help. He is a person who is very committed to his job, and he made our stay more comfortable, helping us to find places to visit and where to eat, he definitely made sure our stay was satisfactory in every way. Without a doubt this is the type of person who makes a business successful.
The rooms are big enough for a three star hotel and with the necessary comforts to make the little time we tend to spend in the hotel relaxing. The mattress and the pillows were relatively comfortable, and in general we didnÂ´t find anything negative to point out as far as the roomÂ´s appearance, especially because the cleanliness was rather good. The only problem was the lack of free internet access in the rooms (you had to pay 10 euros per day), and we could only use the internet for a limited time in the hotel lobby.
Lastly, I wanted to point out that its not worth having breakfast at the hotel. First, because the price seemed really steep and second because the breakfast isnÂ´t even in the same building where you sleep, but rather on another street, so you might as well go somewhere else for breakfast. Another place that is nearby is Bar Artigas, which we have talked about before, which is an excellent place to have breakfast, lunch or dinner. The price of the room was 40 euros per night. We Ruskommend the hotel NH Orus with 4 boquerones, as we had a very positive experience.