This made our third visit to Cuenca, once 13 years ago, again in 2008. Seeing it from its lobby was always a stolen 'add on' to viewing and getting photos of the amazing houses that cling to the cliffs nearby. We arrived very near noon in perfect mid-day light and after the most pleasant of our Parador 'greetings' (including a '2 drinks' coupon for being long time Amigo Club participants, though they couldn't find us in their system), dropped bags in a cozy room with an adequate view and headed out with a picnic lunch and bottle of wine. WOW! It was so much fun not just to wander all OVER this fabulous location, but after a picnic in the near-deserted upper plaza overlooking our Parador, to know that we were STAYING there! This Parador, as Australia says, bespeaks 'history' and 'class' and a kind of 'timelessness'. The town itself is world heritage worthy and not-to-be-missed if you're in Madrid or passing through. Along with Toledo, I would say this is among MY top three favorite Paradors (and i only vaugely remember, perhaps, having JUST lunch here back in 2008). As it was, we ventured out that night to find dinner which, though not as 'classy', was easily available within walking distance. We returned for a glass of wine in their delightful bar before turning in for a great night's sleep (indicating that the accoustics were good for doing so). The next morning's breakfast was included on our 'Golden Days' plan and was opulent and the service was polite and officious. I love love love that the local 'cava' (champagne) is on offer as part of these buffet breakfasts that would be called 'brunch' in any other country due to the hour taken and the offerings, many of them local specialties /pastries and all. If I knew i had 6 months to live, i might well come back and spend at least one month between Cuenca, Toledo, Arcos de Fronteras, Ronda, and Bayona(?; near Puerto, Portugal). Talk about your excellent ways to 'go'!
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- 16th-century Convent in late Gothic style, lovingly restored & converted into fascinating Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Parador De Cuenca Hotel Cuenca
- Parador De Hotel Cuenca
- Cuenca Parador De Hotel