We spent an absolutely marvelous, stress-melting weekend at the Hotel Rocamador, just by the little town of Almendral, in Extremadura. The place is simultaneously breathtakingly beautiful, elegant, and also casual in its feel. Every detail is attended to, beautifully; the grounds are lovingly cultivated ...to look and feel pleasingly wild. The furnishings of the public spaces in the hotel are rustic, whimsical, and again of very high quality (and there are numerous rooms and terraces to explore). The staff is friendly, relaxed-seeming, and yet always at the ready to answer to your every need or want. I can't say enough about the bathroom and the bath/shower --heavenly.
To make a splendid stay even better, it might be a good idea to look through the website for the hotel and observe what it is and what it isn't. It is rustic and remote, made for hikers, readers and writers/artists/photographers. There's no urban life, no nightlife, and the guests wear jeans and sweaters, pretty much keeping to themselves. Also: it might be a good idea to do some grocery shopping before arriving. The offerings at Rocamador tend to extremes: sandwich fare, snacks, or very rich, lavish, "new Spanish cuisine" dinner offerings. I wish I'd thought to bring some fruit and some other items along with me. Also: the place can be challenging to find the first time, and my smart phone did not have helpful coordinates when I tried to use it to get there. Look for the kilometro 41.1 marker and the very discreet exit. If you get to Almendral, you've gone too far.
I hope to return to the Hotel Rocamador again and again --I was there with a friend, but the place is *romantic*! So it bears at least one return visit, probably more (nearby towns such as Jerez de los Caballeros and Zafra make Extremadura a great place to visit).
- Also Known As:
- Rocamador Hotel Badajoz
- Hotel Rocamador Badajoz, Spain - Extremadura