Ok people, this is a hard place to review. There are some definite amazing things about Hotel Castillo De Monda. However there are some basics which really pulled the place down. The outside and the presentation of the whole building is lovely. The bar area, both inside and out is very tastefully done with good seating areas for couples or groups. The cocktails are great, the Piña Colada is nice and strong. The restaurant has a very nice outdoor area with great views. It is possible to stay a whole weekend in the hotel just relaxing, be it at the pool or getting a massage. However prepare to be separated with your wallet over the necessity of water. During my visit, the temperature was well beyond 30c, and the access to water was very limited. Its €4 a bottle from the bar. None in the room, and no fridge in the room if you want to bring your own. Some may not consider this an issue, but if your a large group, or a couple treating themselves, this may set you back €12 a day extra per person. A really nice touch would have been a jug of water on the bar. Or even if the bar man came to the pool every half hour offering out glasses of iced tap water. Especially when its 30c and above. It should be the interest of the hotel to provide these extra little nice things which does not cost them much but gives the air of luxury. Whilst also caring for the needs of the guests The room is nice, big bathroom and comfortable bed. The bathroom could do with updating (mainly the jacuzzi could be renewed). No in room entertainment, such as a radio or TV. But it is nice to separate from the outside world at times. Aircon is effective. The view from the window is fantastic! The biggest plus about the hotel though is how clean it is. I usually walk around my room without socks or shoes on, and you always get things on your feet. However NOTHING here. It was spotless and immaculate. The bed was very nice, but the pillows were not for me. Sadly no choice of different type. There was a kettle, but you have to request coffee items from reception. Next let's talk food. The breakfast was truly fantastic. Spanish style (sorry english people, no sausage and bacon - but you are in Spain, deal with it). The bread was possibly the best bread I have ever had. Lunch was a disaster and left a lot to make up for. It took around 1 hour from ordering to actually getting food. The cheese mouse was great, but it should come with bread as standard (order of bread on the side is €5) The campo paella was an embarrassment to Spain. If Spanish people tried it they would burn the place to the ground. For €30 (says for 2, but enough for 3 or 4) I would expect a good traditional paella. The ingredients sounded great, but on the plate it was one of the worst things I have ever ordered from a restaurant. Seriously, the worst thing I have ever ordered. Hugely disappointed and left a disgusting taste in the mouth, and ruined our lunch. Dinner. Its recommended to book and the restaurant is good. There is no change in the menu from lunch. The steak is really good, and the tagliatelle pil pil is interesting. But I wont be ordering it again. SUMMARY: This hotel has the potential to smash the 5* review. And it is very very simple things that need attention. Water and changes to their menu is important. (even add some €3 tapas dishes just for a light snack with your drink would be great - especially when tapas in the town can be got for €1.5) A fridge to keep water cool in the room (or chocolate/other goodies) These things are so minor, but they make a huge impact if intending on staying in the hotel for the whole weekend. I would not recommend this place for children, simply because they would be bored. No TV or things to keep them entertained other than the pool (which is an adult type of pool). I would recommend for couples wanting a cheeky weekend away who want to do nothing other than spend time together, have a few drinks and relax. TIPS: Bring water Eat lunch/dinner in the town. Bar Luna is very good. And the price of 1 meal in the hotel will cover a whole days food in Luna. Typical spanish food which is excellent for all. Great choices. Don't be put off by the walk, the hill is not as bad as you first think. However a night at the hotel restaurant is nice. Order the steak Pros: Possibly the cleanest hotel room I have ever had. Beautiful building Fantastic outdoor bar area Good, Strong, Piña Colada Comfortable bed Excellent breakfast (seriously, good) Good restaurants in the town, within walking distance (don't be put off by the hill) Signs to the hotel which help avoid the tight town Bathroom had a jacuzzi big enough for two Excellent steak Lovely building you can walk around with great views Nice pool Pool towels provided The german masseuse is very good and worth it Cons: Large hill maybe intimidating to some driving Tight town to drive through (if you follow a sat nav and not the signs) Rooms have no TV, radio or any sort of entertainment Bathroom could be updated a little bit No minibar or fridge No drinking water in rooms (there is a tap, but its not cool and refreshing) Water from the hotel costs €4 (plastic bottle is 2L, glass is 1L but both are €4) Lunch time waiting time was beyond 1 hour for food since ordering The paella was an embarrassment to Spain. Truly one of the most disgusting things I have ordered Pool could become crowded The pillows were not good for me personally (others may like them), and one did burst open in the night. There was no choices on different types of pillows The aircon did start leaking water in the night COVID 19 There is hand sanitisers over the hotel. The rooms do not get serviced, unless you ask AT RECEPTION (leaving the card on the door is not good enough) There is restrictions on pool capacity, 18 people maximum. However I dont think you could ever get 18 around the pool anyway. The actual seating area is small.…
Just spent two nights at this wonderful hotel. The staff are second to none, cannot do enough for you. Always pleased to see you, very genuine people. Wonderful hotel, spectacular views wonderful atmosphere. Chose to eat at the hotel , the food was exceptional , and the service was great. A little fun getting up there as my sat Nav got a bit confused , took the very windy and steep drive. A bit of fun, wife didn’t like it much, that’s the road not the Hotel. Would definitely recommend the hotel especially for a special occasion. Really made to feel welcome and special.
We booked the first available flight out of Blighty once we were allowed back in to Spain and the first thing we did when we arrived was book lunch at our favourite place. The food, as always, was first rate and the service impeccable. Looking forward to a return trip in September.
Beautiful, well maintained, castle with stunning views. The food was good. The service was also good but could have been better, more proactive. Also a good tip for a hotel. The castle has a swimming pool as well.
First time back since lock down and as fantastic as ever Had a gorgeous lunch on the terrace with a welcome light breeze. Tagliatelle prawn pil pil And sea bream with fennel and vinaigrette salad Our favourite place with fantastic views