Montserrat is undoubtedly one of the most unique and spectacular settings in Spain, and spending the night there--especially after tourists depart for the day--is worth it even if the only hotel actually in Montserrat is mediocre. Fortunately, the Abat Cisneros is much better than that. Our room was basic, but clean, and offered a fantastic view even from our first floor room. About what we expected from all the reviews. The staff was very helpful and the common areas and dining room nicely done. Our only complaint was the food in the restaurant. Breakfast was very good. However, the dinner meal was so bad neither of us finished our meal, and judging by the amount of food left on other plates we weren't alone. The service was fine, but the food was simply bad--a chicken breast overcooked to the point of having the texture of leather; vegetable soup with nothing but broth; a green salad composed solely of 3 spinach leaves; you get the idea. Since the hotel's restaurant is the only one in Montserrat open in the evening, I recommend eating lunch elsewhere and buying bread, cheese, wine and other food items from the small store in the plaza just down from the hotel before it closes in the evening. Another tip: the hotel has no parking, and you must park about 1/2 mile or more away. If you have luggage, don't be afraid to drive all the way to the hotel, parting the crowds of tourists on the street as you go. There is a guard that stops all traffic about 1/4 mile from the hotel, but if you tell him you're staying at the hotel he will let you through. You'll have to return to the parking area after dropping off your luggage, but it will save you a long (and uphill) walk dragging your luggage through the crowds of people and over cobblestones for part of the way.
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