Review Hotel Faranda Florida Norte Madrid
When you enter the Faranda Florida Norte Madrid Hotel Madrid you may feel like an ant. It is vast and has high ceilings, an enormous lobby and a massive lounge area to the right, steps in front of you, and reception is to the left. The décor is sombre and serious with a touch of elegance in the form of a chandelier.
The lobby is a no-smoking area, and I found the ambiance to be quite business-like and serious. There are enormous tapestries hanging on the walls in the green lounge, and several business magazines scattered about. The hotel has excellent transport connections as the Principe Pio station, which not only has a metro, but also regional rail network connection, is approximately 300 metres away.
The Hotel Faranda Florida Norte Madrid offers a hairdressers, laundry, baby-sitting service, restaurant, bar, shops (souvenir) car rental and garage. The restaurant is extensive and offers a good choice of dishes.
You can also buy tickets to theatre shows and for excursions to Toledo, El Escorial, Avila, Segovia and other featured destinations.
The facilities for business traveller include a meeting hall called Rosales Hall. It can accommodate 25 to 30 people, depending on seating arrangements. It is in-keeping with the business-like feel of the hotel in burgundy and cream.
There are 400 rooms each with an en-suite bathroom. Views are either to the river at the back of the hotel or across to the commercial centre in front. The rooms have a sensible, 'no-fuss' feel about them are well equipped with AC, CH, satellite TV, piped music, direct dial phone and safe. Some of the twin rooms have an adjoining lounge with coffee table and sofa. The colour theme is a deep green and amber / yellow décor. The rooms have a neat feel.
Hotel Location And Facilities
The Hotel Faranda Florida Norte Madrid is just 3 minutes walk from the Principe Pio station, which is quite ornate inside and became the model upon which many subsequent stations have been based. Next to the station is a commercial centre, and outside there's a terrace where you can eat and relax with a drink under the big umbrellas.
From the hotel you can see the Royal Palace behind the trees of the Sabatini Gardens. These gardens are 10 minutes walk, and provide peace and shade. They are also the gateway to one of Madrid's most delightful and picturesque districts known as Madrid of the 'Austrias', containing the Royal Palace, the Plaza Oriente and Royal Opera House.
At the end of the street where the hotel is situated, you'll find a big fresh bread shop. For other purchases and cashpoints, head for the commercial centre. When I passed there was also a small tourist market outside the station and a couple selling fresh fruit out of a wheelbarrow.
How to get to your hotel from Madrid-Barajas Airport
Public transport options
Via Taxi: A taxi from the airport will be about 35 minutes depending on traffic volume. The following price includes airport supplement and is valid assuming there is no excess baggage (that all baggage fits inside the boot and interior of the taxi).
Taxi Fare: €22.00 - €30.00
Via Metro: You can take various metro routes directly from the airport to arrive at Principe Pio metro near the Hotel Faranda Florida Norte Madrid. Line number 8 leaves from inside the airport between terminals 1 and 2. I've given the quickest route below with the stations where you need to change listed:
Metro: Nuevos Ministerios (Pink Line, L8) Then change and head for Principe Pio (Dark Blue Line, L10).
Via Bus: You can take a red EMT public bus from the airport to Avenida America. The number bus that takes this route is the 115. From there it's quicker to change to the metro.
Car Parking Near To Hotel Faranda Florida Norte Madrid in Madrid
|Car Park Name||Address||Approximate Walking Distance to Car Park in Meters|
|EMT Plaza España||Plaza de España, 8||800 m|
In A Nutshell
The Hotel Faranda Florida Norte Madrid is a business-like hotel with a stately feel to it. It has excellent transport connections as it is so near to the Principe Pio metro and train station. The commercial centre across the road is good news for shoppers, and you're in a pretty good location if you want to see Madrid's most picturesque district, as you can walk there in 20 minutes.
Faranda Florida Norte Madrid
Paseo de la Florida, 5
28008 Madrid, España.
Metro: Principe Pio (Dark Blue Line, L10) Plus 3 minutes walk.