We stayed here for 7 nights in November - the first 2 days there was a lot of mist and fog so no views, but once it cleared it was lovely. The drive to the hotel from the airport took a good hour, the roads are VERY windy and steep, but it is worth it. The car park at the hotel itself is very small, we parked in the (free) public car park just up the road (which is very close to the hotel side entrance) which was fine.
The receptionist spoke very good English and was helpful. I was worried when I read reviews on TripAdvisor about having to pay for the spa - but she told us that as we were staying 7 nights the spa was included in the price! Otherwise it's about 20 Euros a person!
We spend most of our time walking in the mountains, so it was a good location from that point of view. Though we did venture down to the coast a couple of times, which was an arduous drive!
Dinner in the hotel was really good, though a little pricy. We discovered after eating there on the first night that unless you're really, really hungry there's no need to have a starter - they ply you with a bread roll (does cost a Euro or so extra - and one night we didn't have a bread roll but they still charged us - it seemed petty to complain for 3 Euros!) and even bring you an appetiser! (Which is free/included). The mains are huge and we never had enough room for dessert. The wine list is good.
We ate in the restaurant three times and it was consistently good. The menu was the same all week though. The waiting staff were all very nice and appreciated the little Spanish that we spoke - though they did speak some English themselves.
One evening we ventured to the Yolanda restaurant over the road from the hotel - the food was nice but actually turned out to be more expensive than the hotel!!!! They didn't give us a food menu but verbally suggested their special dish, which was probably a mistake! Also the staff were closing up and literally had their coats on before we'd quite finished - though to be fair in the guidebook it said they closed around 8 - but you think they would've been a bit more patient with us!
The other two cafe/restaurants over the road never seemed to be open in the evening, so dinner choices are a bit limited. (One afternoon about 5pm we did sit down on the outside chairs at El Refugio in anticipation of having a beer, but the staff ignored us and simply closed the door! Needless to say we didn't bother trying to go back).
Anyway, back to the Parador! The Spa was really nice - we went on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. We didn't book for Tuesday and Wednesday, so when we turned up on Thursday we were surprised to be asked if we'd booked - the hotel starts to get busy in the run up to the weekend. Fortunately there was space for us to go into the spa that evening (it did seem busier than the previous nights). There's a weights and fitness room too, if only we'd remembered our PE kit........
We had a deal where breakfast was included in the room rate. The breakfast was amazing - so much choice; fruit, yoghurt, juices, cereals, cakes, doughnuts, cold meats, cheese, bread, eggs etc.... And the coffee is very strong!
The hotel room itself was perfectly comfortable, a nice size with a private balcony looking out over the view. The bathroom had two sinks which was a bit of a novelty! All very clean and spacious. The bed was two twins, (pushed together) but it did say when we booked it that double beds were subject to availability so we weren't worried. There's only a couple of English TV channels but to be fair you shouldn't be on holiday watching TV anyway! (And Grey's Anatomy in Spanish was quite amusing).
We had to leave at 3am on our last night to catch a 7am flight, the hotel kindly put us together a picnic bag each for us to have for breakfast, which was a nice touch.
Overall we had a really good experience at this hotel, though I can see if you only stay a couple of nights and have to pay for the spa the cost could rack up.
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