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All reviewsgreat hotelattention to detailfour star hotelhistoric buildingrestaurant staffworth a visitgroupvillagespapalaceremainshistoryruinscuencacastleshameregion
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Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

The photos and sights say it all. This is a hotel that fused old and new, restoring the old grounds (used to be a palace itself but the ruins could barely tell the magnificence of the place) to an impressive look and features of a hotel. Space is a concept that this hotel has lots to boast of.

The room we had was very spacious: it has separate compartmentalised washroom, wc and wet room. What's impressive is the king size bed with an extra single (thrown in for more option?!) though the latter was hardly necessary to think we see just a couple. The fridge in our room, whilst no mini bar on offer, had to be plugged on to cool our water bottles in order to survive the Cuenca heat during the day.

The foyer looks like an architectural feat, the old grand columns standing with a modern geometric glass roof above it. The function room was also impressive, a very well-stored old wooden hall with high ceiling overlooked by (sadly) non-accessible balconies. There are indeed many interesting nooks and crannies but what really made us in awe of the place is the sight of the Belmonte castle from the hotel - catching a glimpse of it during sunset was inspiring. What's even better is that the castle is just 20 minutes lovely slow walk from the hotel! And the windmills are of lesser time to walk to from the other direction.

The food during breakfast may not be the highlight of our stay, especially since there weren't many hot food options. But for those into their baked goodies, you'll find yourself stuffed with their Spanish varieties on offer (on a bigger table too).

Cleverly designed and restored hotel. The staff were very polite and hospitable - but be very forgiving in their English. No problems at all though when communicating in Spanish. Amazing stay in this restored gem in the land of Don Quixote.

Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Tartarace
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Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

History at every turn. The streets are narrow. The local farmers market is on Monday's only. The accommodations are fabulous. The food is fantastic. Front desk staff are alwAys eager to assist you. Will be back

Stayed: June 2017, travelled solo
Thank kathyhK9551WZ
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Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

This is a beautiful hotel set on top of the town in Belmonte next to the church. It has been built around an old palace and you can see the remains incorporated in the hotel itself. There is a large foyer and above it a marble mezzanine where the bedrooms are situated. The bedrooms are large and comfortable with funky bathrooms. The pool area is nice but no towels so BYO. The reception staff and the young waiter are lovely but the maitre' d is not very friendly or welcoming. The food in the restaurant is very good and not expensive . However when we were there the place was pretty empty when we went for dinner there were no staff anywhere to be seen and I had to go into the kitchen to get the chef to get some restaurant staff. It's such a shame this hotel is not getting more trade.

Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
1  Thank reigatebev
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Reviewed 28 April 2017

Stayed here by chance. It is a very old, wonderfully restored royal residence in a nondescript little town. Excellent room with wonderful views and firstclass restaurant. On the next hill is a beautiful restored castle, used in the movie El Cid. Overall, a great place to stay if passing through the area.

  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank Alan R
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Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

This hotel is an excellent adaptation of a historic building in the ancient town of Belmonte. The conversion has been sensitively done - though I suspect it must be hard to heat in winter! Staff are friendly and efficient, providing a relaxed atmosphere.
There are, however, two problems. A little more attention to detail is needed for some details of the accommodation, as mentioned in other reviews. This would be easily done. The second problem is more serious: the food offering is nowhere near the standard of the accommodation. This is very unusual in my experience of Spanish cuisine. It's not a matter of budget for groups such as VaughanTown, mentioned in other reviews. A good kitchen doesn't become bad when a budget is applied!

It really is a pity to see such a beautifully restored and well run hotel let down in this way. I still look forward to a return visit sometime soon - hoping to see these matters addressed.

Stayed: May 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank corribryan
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