First of all, this is Aragon. If you were visiting the US for the first time, would you make straight for Iowa??? Probably not. You would want to see NYC, the Washington Monument, etc. Ditto for Spain. Best to see Madrid and Barcelona before you head to the arid moonscape of central Aragon. But when you are ready to see "the real Spain", by all means visit the beautiful forgotten towns of Caspe, Samper, Sastago, and Alcaniz.....and stay at the Monastery of the Wheel. (Rueda means wheel in Spanish and the old mill wheel is still standing.)
I just got back from a week at the this lovely hotel. Here are some observations:
1) There are not many guests. That's good. Very quiet. Also bad, because it makes me wonder how healthy the business is. (Better get there quick.)
2) The old cloister dates from the 1200's. The rooms are located in a more modern section (500 years old?). They are very clean and elegant. However, they are small (by American standards). Also, the TV is a 20 inch computer monitor. That being said, I hope you do not go there to watch TV. Temperature control is excellent......very important for Aragon, where it is either very cold or very hot.
3) Service is excellent, from front desk to housekeeping. Management resides on site and is always available.
4) Restaurant is excellent. However, at about 25 Euros for the fixed price menu, it was a bit expensive for my taste. I prefer the cheaper, more rustic fare available at most bars. Breakfast is 10 Euros.....a buffet.....very well prepared. I think you can get it included in your rate at a discount. I did not.
5) Really nice swimming pool. Don't miss it if you are there in the summer.
6) Value? Very good. I will not say what I paid. I suspect that rates change frequently based on season, length of stay, etc. I will simply say that it was an excellent value in comparison to Parador hotels.......about half the price .Thumbs up.
I am going to give 4/5 stars because I cannot give it 4.5.
.5 = Restaurant prices a bit high, rooms a bit on the tight side, and (despite my love of Aragon), this place IS in the middle of nowhere.
Please visit this beautiful, historic hotel.
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