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“Mountain chalet on the banks of a river tucked away up a valley” 3 of 5 stars
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Parador de Bielsa
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Valle de Pineta, 22350 Bielsa, Spain   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Bielsa
Petersfield, United Kingdom
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267 reviews 267 reviews
105 hotel reviews
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116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
“Mountain chalet on the banks of a river tucked away up a valley”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Lovely spot on the south side of the Pyrennnes opposite Gavarnie.

Mountain chalet style throughout with lots of exposed pine.

Restaurant was good as was the wine list.

Cool at night making a pleasant change.

Not en route to anywhere apart from itself but worth a detour.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 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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Kansas City, Missouri
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This a historical building in a gorgeous location in the mountains of Spain. Just the location is worth the journey. The food is all local specialties 100% gourmet. I have to say the breakfast (included with the room) was the best ever in my life, I could not believe the feast the presented to us. It is well worth the price.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Montague, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

This Parador is not only beautiful and comfortable, but is also located in the most surreal mountain setting. The rooms were comfortable, warm and cozy. The grand room was a great space to spend time after one of the many hikes to the waterfalls, just to sit and enjoy a glass of wine or crystal cold beer and read. The drive to this scenic shangrila, is like no other. This in itself is an experience and breath taking. Simply loved it!!

Room Tip: We stayed on the third floor overlooking the river and the mountains. Wonderful room and view.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lyon
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13 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

Picked this hotel after reading reviews from others and having high expectations about the location. I wasn't disappointed at all - it is simply in a stunning spot. As others have said, it isnt on the way to anywhere, it is at the end of a valley beneath mountains. We stayed during autumn and the colours of the trees were stunning.
We had two rooms, one on the 2nd floor and a triple room on the third; both were comfortable and clean. My wife and I both thought the beds were very comfortable and the silence was wonderful. The service in the restaurant was friendly and professional and the waiters were great with our kids. There was a kids menu which was a bonus for two of our boys and the main menu had a good selection of dishes. The meals were tasty and hearty.
I doubt that we will get a chance to stay again but we will remember this unique place with no major negative associations. (The only marring point was a tv which didn't work very well in one of the rooms).

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Reading, United Kingdom
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118 reviews 118 reviews
48 hotel reviews
Reviews in 58 cities Reviews in 58 cities
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

This Paradore(3 star their rating) is only 5 miles into Spain from the French Border and just a very scenic three hour drive from Toulouse – not a fast road but through pretty villages and beautiful Pyranees mountain scenery and eventually through the Bielsa Tunnel into Spain. Beware the hotel is not in the town of Bielsa it is a further 14k outside Bielsa going up the Zinca River valley towards a stunning Mountainside location. Ideal for walkers in the Summer months, it has a mountain hut feel to it. Decor is very “mountain castle” style with lots of wood panelling and tartans and stone. Lovely summer terrace overlooking mountains for a drink or tea in the afternoon/ early evening. The hotel only claims to be three star and offers no superior room options however all the rooms appear to have mountain views, though I would plump for those on the front of the building as they have the very best views over the River and the mountains beyond. The rooms are a good size and well furnished though maybe a bit dated with wood panelling on a couple of sides that looks more like floorboards that have been stuck onto the walls, but not unattractive, just odd! Flat screen TV, no wifi in rooms but assured there is some in the reception and first floor public areas but couldn’t get it working while we stayed there (but the hotel is in the middle of nowhere so not totally unsurprising!) Mobile phone signal however was 3G standard which seemed strange for the locality. The bathroom was clean and spacious, however whoever installed the shower and taps over the bath put them at the wrong end so if you have a bath you have to lie the wrong way with your head resting on the plug end or the right way with your head banging on the taps!!??
Breakfast buffet in the morning was one of best displays seen this holiday with wonderful looking Fried Eggs on toast for a change from the ubiquitous scrambled egg found on most buffets. Only problem was they were stone cold by the time we arrived 45 minutes after breakfast opened up so suspect they had been sitting there from the beginning. The grilled bacon was also very tasty but also cold. Shame as it spoilt an otherwise excellent breakfast a bit. Fresh Orange juice and excellent pastries available.

Room Tip: Most rooms have mountain views as the hotel sits between two mountains! However try for the hotel fr...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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italy
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37 reviews 37 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

I don't think you'll find many hotels that are as brilliantly situated as this one. If it were just a hut I would still happily pay the room rate (well, you get my point).

The place isn't luxurious. If they were charging the same sort of money in a city, they'd go broke.

I must admit I had a good deal. After a long drive from Madrid, trying to head for France, two carsick children made us rethink, and go here (I suspect my wife had had the plan from the onset, since driving the winding 14km long entrance road without a reservation isn't a good plan with two carsick children, is it, dear?). We got a family room (probably sold as junior 'suite' to couples), which from the floorplan is significantly bigger than all the other rooms. The couch was a foldable bed, which was barely adequate to fit a 5 and 7 year old, but for our purposes OK. The room rate was hardly above a normal room, and the view spectacular.

There are no major problems of any kind with the place. Perhaps our bed was hard and not really comfortable. The multifunction whirlpool massage bad a bit of an attraction. The breakfast was good but pricey with the children being charged full, and staff had difficulties keeping up with the guests. The dinner overrated. In general howver no problems with the staff as there are plenty and they are helpful.

As I say, the location did it all. We ended up staying another night, and hiked up the mountain. Nature there is brilliant, and the hike excellent.

Room Tip: Ask for the family room in the second building third floor
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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scotland
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44 hotel reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

Situated at the head of a valley below Monte Perdido . Rooms were good with good views , pleasant lounge areas , good walking from the parador , especially up besides the cascades - reception have several walking routes in English but poor translation means sometimes difficult to interpret . Food was average for a parador and pricey but there are no nearby eating options - Bielsa village is 12Km away . W climbed Monte Perdido but the only routes from the parador involve technical climbing and crossing a glacier , the non technical route which we took is a significant drive away and unless very fit/fast will require an overnight stay at the Goriz refuge .

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Parador de Bielsa

Address: Valle de Pineta, 22350 Bielsa, Spain
Location: Spain > Aragon > Province of Huesca > Bielsa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Bielsa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Parador de Bielsa 3*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The ardent Pyrenean landscape of the easter side of the Ordesa and Monte Perdido Nature Reserve gives shelter to this charming refuge. The height and pure air offered by Monte Perdido and cheerful river Cinca, provide an atmosphere of peace and well-being. It a has a wellcoming interior with floors, walls, beams and columns lined with wood and some rooms with marvelous views of this natural enclave. ... more   less 
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