We have stayed in this Parador a few times and we really looked to our return visit this time. Everyone is so friendly and there all lots of restaurants within walking distance or a short taxi ride. We would definitely return again!
We are regular travellers around Spain, and if we can afford it we always stay at one of the beautiful Paradores located around the country. Sadly, the Parador de Gijón was a real disappointment. From the outset it's hard to find, with very bad signposting. We were late to arrive because of this, and when we mentioned it to the receptionist he denied this was true, insisting that the signposting was fine. Oh well, you choose your battles, but is it right to argue with tired and clearly frustrated travellers about this, almost as if they were making it up? The room was very small for the amount of money we paid, with windows you couldn't open because of the amount of furniture stuffed in. However, the most baffling thing happened that evening, when my family and I sat down for a snack in the pretty bar area. We ordered drinks and asked if there were any sponge cakes or biscuits available. Please note that 4-6pm in Spain is PRIME snack time when most people sit down to enjoy a coffee/tea and something to eat. We were firmly and rudely told by the cold waitress that 'the kitchen was closed' before she marched off. 'Wow', we thought, 'a Parador with no snacks available?'. Even the simplest 'cafetería' in Spain has a few things on display to snack on, but this hotel that charges triple figures in the high season had zero food to offer. Not even a small croissant or pre-packaged cake. It's a Parador, remember. Five minutes later a local lady arrived and was offered a slice of sponge cake. The cake was produced and that was that. It seems that snacks are available but only if you're a local person... Amazingly bad service. Finally, the following morning my husband and I got scalded by the shower which turned boiling hot after two minutes by itself. Thank goodness we werent bathing our child, because I wouldn't even like to say what consequences that would have caused. We told the receptionist about this who didn't utter a word of apology and said she would mention it to her superiors. The cleaning staff, however, were extremely kind and friendly, especially to our small daughter. Let's get real. Whoever is running this so-called Parador needs to work on staff training and levelling this hotel up to the standards of other Paradores in Spain because, at the moment, it has far to go. We have stayed in hotels paying less than half of what this place charges and recieved far better, friendlier and proactive treatment. Poor and the worst Parador we have stayed in.…
We had a beautiful room and fantastic food. The hotel is located right in a park with a lake and water foul. It is 2 blocks from the beach, about 2 km from the historic city center. The only drawback was the lack of connectivity via WiFi.
We enjoyed our Gijón experience, particularly the location of the parador on the edge of a good-sized park and fairly short walk from a beach and the walkway along it. We had a comfortable room with a view of the park. Breakfast was good but there were not as many options as we have had at other paradores. The only negative issue we had at this parador was the poor WiFi connection and slow speed when it managed to connect.
Excellent stay in the Gijon Parador, we then took the train to Oviedo to visit the Cathedral and Museum there which were very good. The Gijon Parador is located next to a park which made a pleasant walk into the city centre.