We spent a short while in Avila, after spending the first half of the day in Segovia, and stayed at this hotel. It is rated as the top hotel in Avila, and our experience was very positive. We got a great rate for a Sunday night stay, making it that much more appealing. The hotel structure itself is quite old, and pictures in the central courtyard provide a testament to the work involved in turning an eyesore into a beautiful hotel. Hotel staff were coldly efficient the few times I had to deal with them. The room we got was a standard room, and very spacious; there was a writing desk, chairs and a wardrobe. The bed was very large and comfortable, with the hard mattress we typically found in Spain. The bathroom was also spacious, and beautifully tiled. The room had air conditioning, but the hotel did not turn it on at this time of year, despite it being a bit warm outside. An electric panel operated a skylight above, normally a nice touch, but it was of little use and provided no appreciable air circulation.
Parking in the hotel is extra, and pricey. As it was a quiet time of year we parked outside the city walls, perhaps a 10 minute walk. Driving into the city during high season must be a challenge, what with narrow streets and loads of pedestrians, but there is no way to drop off bags other than doing so. Parking outside the walls would be a similar challenge in busy times, making the convenience of their garage more of a necessity at these times. The hotel had a high-end restaurant, pricey and purportedly very good, but we opted for local fare. We had a drink in the beautiful courtyard, and staff was efficient, drink prices were reasonable, and we got a very tasty tidbit to nibble on with our drink, gratis.
I would heartily recommend this hotel. I wouldn’t expect the 60 euro rate we received to be available often, but times are tough and it is worth the effort to research. Avila itself is worth a day wandering around, not more.
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