This is a beautiful hotel with nice art and a bit of history, so would recommend for a one-night business stay. Facilities not great though (the spa mysteriously was never open) and the hotel restaurant though fairly busy, was overpriced for the quality of the food. It was busy because nothing else was open we later discovered.
The hotel staff were not particularly friendly or helpful, and had the snootiness of hotel staff of London hotels years ago. Thankfully that's being being beaten out of London hotel staff. The room was very clean though and huge, though bizarre choice of replenished toiletries (we really didn't need four combs for two people over five days). Unfortunately the traffic noise prevented much sleep, as cars drove right by the hotel even after midnight. Then drilling started on the pavements at 8am, so not the best if you want to relax, but fine if you're on business and just need a nice place to rest your head for a few hours.
We came as tourists on a late deal at the beginning of April, but Orihuela wasn't awake yet. Our first night, we wandered for ages to find a restaurant that wasn't in the hotel and found one. Can't remember the name but it was good, authentic Spanish cuisine and fair prices with good wine.
Locals were quite friendly in a curiousity kind of way as they're not set up for tourists, so make sure you have a smattering of Spanish. Our room didn't include breakfast, but we went to the local Angels cafe and got croissant and coffee for about 4 euros each.
Bizarrely it cost us 12 euros for two first time, but perhaps that was stranger's prices as we went there every day and it got cheaper.
There are two tourist offices at the back of the hotel where English is spoken pretty well, with nice friendly staff.
Orihuela is very Spanish, and is an ordinary working town. Fine to stay for a day, walking round because even in the poorest areas of the town where there were high proportions of Romany gypsies, we still felt safe. We stood out, but were being stared at through curiosity rather than any animosity.
If you want to go as a tourist, then perhaps it's a little livelier in the summer months, as I'd say the best thing about Orihuela is it's quiet, quite cute with its river and numerous churches, and near to other places worth visiting such as Alicante (30km away, about an hour on train at 7 euros each return it's a bargain), and Murcia with its fab cathedral. Transport whether bus or train is cheap, frequent and of great quality, so use Orihuela as a base. You can go swimming and to the gym and do a little shopping as the town has a small shopping centre. We didn't got down to Orihuela playa as that was some distance and we wanted to rely on public transport which wasn't frequent down there. With a car, you could probably do a lot more, but obviously all the driving, you can't sample the great local wines (very reasonable prices at the local Mercadona supermarket).
All in all, it was a nice experience and my Spanish came on leaps and bounds. If you're on business nearby go for, if you're a tourist needing more to do, then other places, probably Valencia itself would be a better option. After a day we;d done the twon itself.
Ask not to be placed in a room at the front of thl
See more room tips
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC