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“Amazing view!!!” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Arco de la Villa
2.0 of 5 Villa   |   Camino Nazari, s/n, 11688 Zahara de la Sierra, Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, Spain   |  
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Copenhagen
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Amazing view!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2009

I spend 2 nights in Arco de la villa's only single room in September 2009. This hotel is simply the best you find in Zahara - and this actually says a lot even though it's a small village! The view from all the rooms is breathtaking! The front desk and staff are present 24 hours, and they are very friendly, helpful and informative, even though they only speak spanish! The room was big and cosy, it had a flatscreen tv and a large clean bathroom. Breakfast could be enjoyed in the restaurant, and the hotel has an elevator as well. All rooms are situated at level -1 and -2, and front desk and the restaurant is at level 0. This unfortunatelty means that the rooms on the level -1 are very noisy! I had room 1 next to the staircase and the elevator, and just on top of my room was the front desk, where there were activity all 24 hours. You could hear a buzz all night from some kind of generator... But none the less was this a great hotel experience, and I would easily provide this hotel with one or two more stars! Well worth a visit!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Portland, Oregon
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2008

Stayed a Sunday night in mid-October '08 and felt that it was, overall, a good value. View from the room was truly spectacular - almost like flying it was so high up. The only issue we had was related to noise level due to (1) the cafeteria being directly overhead and (2) construction work (no power equipment - just talking and hand work) going on at base of the hotel structure, directly below the guest room windows, starting around 7:30 a.m. Keep in mind that because of the hotel's physical setting the main level with reception and restaurant are on the upper level with the guest rooms on two lower levels. On balance, the noise from above is during the day (Sunday was, I think a busier time than usual) and the noise from below is not all that bad and temporary in nature. We'll stay there again.

  • Liked — The View
  • Disliked — A
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Portland Oregon
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2008

Easily the best choice in Zahara, Arco de la Villa has a commanding view of the town. The room was simple and basic, but clean and a good value for the money (only around 50-60 euros IIRC). The room also had a really nice view of the reservoir near Zahara, and is within walking distance of the Moorish castle and the town, which was my favorite pueblo blanco (or "white village") in Andalucia.

P.S. Breakfast at the hotel rocks - it doesn't get any more traditional Spanish style than that.

  • Liked — Great value, nice view in Zahara
  • Disliked — Very basic, although clean, accomodations
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Victoria, BC Canada
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Reviews in 73 cities Reviews in 73 cities
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2007

We spent 2 nights here. All rooms have a view over the valley and lake. It is close to the town square and restaurants (3 minute walk). Parking is available on the roof. The restaurant is below the parking, then 2 floors of rooms below that.

Our only suggestion would be ask for a room on the bottom floor(which is the farthest away from the restuarant). Why? Because if you are on the floor right under the restaurant you get all the noise of the chairs on the tile floor right over your head.

Rooms are basic but clean and we enjoyed our stay. Breakfast is included and is the basic Spanish meal with bread, coffee and jam or olive oil.

  • Liked — the view and location in the village
  • Disliked — noise from the tiled floor in restaurant above
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Camino Nazari, s/n, 11688 Zahara de la Sierra, Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Cadiz > Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park > Zahara de la Sierra
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Zahara de la Sierra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Arco de la Villa 2*
Number of rooms: 17
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