Me and my partner stayed here for 3 nights from the 8th July 2010. We used our Tesco clubcard vouchers to pay for our stay after saving them up for a couple of years. We flew into Madrid and using the very good and cheap public transport made our way to the hotel. I believe it cost us around 7 euro's per person each way and the service was as good on a Sunday (Sunday of the world cup final) as it was on the week day.
From the moment we arrived at the hotel we were delighted, it is decked out very modern with lovely dark woods and plush furnishings. We checked in and made our way to our room, we had been kindly upgraded to a superior room on the second floor. The room was huge and had a lovely bathroom/shower, we also had a fridge and aircon, although the aircon did struggle in the day as it was reaching temps of around 42 degrees centigrade. I noticed that someone in another article moaned about the aircon and in general the electric turned off when you removed your card from the slot by the door, the simple solution to this is stick your clubcard or another card in the slot, this works a treat, but please remember the hotels aren't just putting these in to be stingy, they are also doing it to try and help with CO2 emissions, etc, so please make sure you turn all your lights and stuff off and jsut leave the aircon and fridge on. We had a balcony with lovely views across the gold course and over on the horizon we could see the hills of which we had the pleasure of seeing a fantastic thunderstorm striking.
In the day times we spent our time round by the pool as this was just really a holiday for relaxation and we knew the hotel was pretty far out of the town of Aranjuez, but there is a great bus service into the town for just 1 euro each way. We did venture into the town one morning after breakfast just for a couple of hours, the town itself is a bit grotty but the palace is amazing, absolutely jaw dropping. We did the little train thing which cost 5 euro's each but personally I wouldn't bother if I had known it was just going to ride around the gardens as you see far more by walking round them and other than the palace and the gardens there isn't a lot to see in my opinion.
Back at the hotel there is a shopping complex, it looks like a mini version of westfields in London, however, unfortunately from what I can gather the company building it went into administration in May and has been left, I am sure someone will buy it as it looks almost completed and will be a great asset to the hotel. In the complex there is just 2 businesses, a Mercadona supermarket (we went here to buy water and cold drinks and nibbles for the afternoon as we were only half board, although we didn't really need them but it's nice to try some new things out when abroad and this is a cheaper way than buying them at the hotel) and there is a cafe/bar which seemed very popular with the locals and it was with us for the few evenings we were there as it was very affordable at 3 euro's for a large glass of beer, tempted to say 1 litre?! We also tryed a Spanish drink there called Ponche with lime (Ponche y Lima), this was 4 euro's for a tall glass.
The food at the hotel was fantastic, at breakfast there was plenty, obviously continental but all delicious and fine by me as it was too hot for a fry up. The first evening we ate in the hotel restaurant which was very contemporary and had great service, I was very impressed with the food and have eaten in some very good restaurants in the past and have to say that this was up there with those restaurants, I have normally found that hotel restaurants can be a complete let down so was presently suprised. On the last 2 nights we were lucky enough to get to sit out on the terrace overlooking the golf course to enjoy our meal as they were serving a bbq, this was also fantastic, we had steak on the second night and it was served perfectly and very tasty, the size also did not disappoint!!
Overall I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking to kick back and relax, it's not a massive touristy area and it's not the easiest way to see Madrid as it was about an hour away including the bus and train ride, but if you just want to laze around the pool and chillout this is a good destination with has good service, we will be visiting again!!
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