This hotel has managed to escape the clutches of the major guide books but has found its way onto Trip Advisor and it was a great find. It is a small converted palace hence the name; but not sure what it has to do with Abba; We gather "abba" is prefix for a hotel chain and not a reference to a certain Swedish pop group.
The very best thing about the hotel is its location provided you have a car. It is located in the absolutely delightful and small village of Villacarriedo, about a 45-minute drive south of Santander. The reception staff are very friendly and helpful. The place has a large central staircase with stairs going in all directions leading to three floors. There is also a lift. We were in a room on the first floor which was very comfortable. The colours where a little bold but it has all the basics; and a lovely deep bath.
The country setting in green fields with mooing cows and tweeting morning birds was just lovely to wake up to. We were only there for a brief overnighter and had poor weather; but we reckon there would be lovely peaceful walks in fine weather.
It was great value for money at about 70 euros a night.
The only disappointment was the dining. We stayed for dinner and the actual dining room is done up in a very sumptuous style ready to greet King Juan Carlos. Regrettably the actual dinner was more suited to someone with the class of Donald Trump. We can only surmise but reckon there may not have even been a real cook out the back. Like another Trip Advisor critic has noted, the food seems to have all been pre-prepared and microwaved. The beef consume came straight out of the packet and my edible beef cheeks were ruined by a glutinous gravy slopped on by someone trained in the very worst of English cooking. The complimentary aperitif had heinz ketchup as the accompaniment. The price for the meal was excessive given the poor quality of the fare.
But let's keep perspective; you do not have to eat there; just down the road in the village is El Fogon; an authentic Spanish bar-restaurant; with great country spanish food and good wine and a cosy atmosphere. And yes they even had a fire place to justify the name. The service was friendly and very welcoming. El Fogon almost warrants its own review.
So if you combine your Palacio accommodation with great meals at El Fogon, you will have a wonderful time. In summary the Palacio is a great place to stay provided you have somewhere else to eat. But if they ever get their act together on the food front, their dining room would be a treat to eat in.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in the Baroque style of the 18th century, this former palace is surrounded by the wonderful countryside of the Carriedo Valley, in the green region of Cantabria. The Palacio de Soñanes was originally built in 1719 by a local noble family. To this day it retains many original stone features which add to the charm of this luxury hotel. You can also climb the enchanting Renaissance staircase at the building’s heart. Dine at the hotel’s splendid à la carte restaurant, Iniro, where you can choose from delicious local dishes and more modern cuisine. Accompany your meal with one of the 175 varieties of wine available in the palace’s own cellar. The decor in each of the guest rooms matches the palace’s traditional elegance. Rich fabrics blend with exquisite carpets and luxury, antique-style furnishings – ideal for a romantic getaway. ... more less
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