I've been staying in hotels of all types in Spain for over 30 years and this one is simply the best of all. Why?
It's on the side of the southern flanks of the Gredos mountain range with incredible views over the reservoirs, rivers and plains below.
The hotel is 1 kilometre from the nearest road. The nearest road is a cul de sac that only goes to a rural chapel that probably has a pilgrimage once or twice a year. The nearest town is about 6km away. Although there were people in the next room we never heard the slightest noise, not even running water. This is EXTREMELY rare in Spain; I can't remember if I've ever been to such a well soundproofed hotel.
The evening meals were excellent and the menu, though limited, changes from day to day. All dishes were excellently prepared and nicely presented. Service is discreet friendly. The wine list is fine and for those who drink less, includes half bottles of red and even one 50 centilitre bottle. The croissants at breakfast were outstanding (and I've lived in France, so I know about croissants!!). The jams were also very good, as was the range of breakfast fare.
We had a "double superior". The bed was huge and comfortable. The room was large, airy and beautifully decorated. The bathroom was top quality, with both bath and large separate shower. The room had a small private terrace with spectacular views over the mountains.
The welcome both from Sofia and Iñigo was just perfect; friendly, helpful and never invasive. All the staff appeared happy in their jobs, which, of course, helps create an excellent ambiance.
The grounds have been beautifully laid out and there are many examples of mediterranean plants and flowers. There are ancient trees providing much needed shade and benches and chairs left in strategic positions for a quiet read, or just a sit. The views are so vast that time passes just looking...and relaxing.
A lot of thought has obviously gone into the design and decoration. Rooms are not square or oblong; in the communal areas there are nooks and crannies, an open covered spaces with sofas and amazing views, a fireside area for the winter and books galore. Decoration is unobtrusive but effective; genuine chic.
8 Walking options
You go out of the hotel, turn right, and off you go. There are goat tracks all over the mountain so you can be as strenuous as you like. If you want a quiet picnic in the shade, just 15 minutes from the hotel is a knoll overlooking the plain with a convenient grassy area under a tree. 30 minutes further on is a larger picnic-suitable area, where you can stay all day without seeing a soul and drink in the views and the silence.
If you sit by the swimming pool in spring or summer you can hear a Golden Oriole singing in the next tree; a little further on a nightingale is in full song whilst still further away a Hoopoe provides the bass line. Meanwhile birds of prey and bee-eaters glide overhead. And that's without leaving the grounds!
Conclusion: as you may have guessed, I rather liked this place!! If you're anywhere within driving distance, then come here for a night or two. It really is unique.
By the way, Iñigo speaks excellent English.
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