The Parador Tordessillas was such a let down. We had stayed in so many fantastic Paradors that we could not believe our misfortune at arriving at the Parador Tordesillas. It's too far outside the town to walk in but that doesn't matter anyway. We thought our Sat Nav had malfunctioned when we arrived at the Parador. The words " You have reached your destination" were greeted with disbelief. Surely not we said. The Parador looks like a roadside motel. If we had not pre booked and paid we would have driven on. The welcome was not much better than the exterior. We were taken to a room on the ground floor near the swimming pool. The room was dark and depressing though spacious. A small barred window looked onto a very small and tired, neglected grass area. The swimming pool looks nothing like the online photos. Seats were left haphazardly around the pool. No cushions and little resemblance to the photos. Sad and neglected. The lofty bar/lounge is gloomy and soulless and the bespectled waitress looked equally as miserable. We decided to drive into Tordesillas in the hope of at least finding some culture. Oh dear. Tordesillas is like the place that time forgot. The Plaza Mayor is tired and miserable with a couple of grotty bar cafes. Further exploration only confirmed our first impressions.
Dinner that evening at the Parador was very poor and ridiculously priced. The same, miserable, bespectacled waitress was doing double duty in the restaurant and bar. Her demeanour had not improved, she was in fact downright sullen, to all the diners. There weren't many of us.
The following day we decide to visit Valladolid. What a beautiful city. Be careful about parking. If you see green signs DO NOT PARK. These are for residents only. A helpful traffic warden pointed this out to us and advised the underground car parks. Luckily we found an on street disabled bay not too far from the main square. If you want retail therapy Valladolid is for you.its really much too large to explore in a couplenof hours or so but still worth a visit. Drive around the outskirts and it's very attractive.
Reluctantly we headed back to the Parador. We decided to give the town another chance thinking that as it was Monday there might be more going on. We enquired, at hotel reception, about the church, the Convent and the Arab baths in the Convent. Our enquiries were met with much shoulder shrugging and don't know. Don't care comes to mind. Still, we got back in the car and drove up to the town. The place didn't look any different to the Sunday except for a few more tourists who didn't look very happy. The church was closed. Tourist information closed and the Convent and Arab Baths, you've guessed it, closed.
We returned to the Parador to pack and shower. A repeat of the previous nights dinner was not an option so we decided to have something in the gloomy bar from the not very inspiring bar menu. The only decent thing was a glass of Cava. The same waitress was on duty.
The following morning we rose early for breakfast,very eager to leave. Others seemed to have the same idea. The attitude was much the same. No smiles no welcome. Breakfast was okay but avoid the bread. I think it was bread. It was with much relief we checked out at 8.30 am.
We met other unhappy guests . whether anything will change I don't know. I can't think what would improve this Parador.
As for Tordesillas, the best thing about it is the view in the rear view mirror.
Don't bother. Don't go to this Parador.
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