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Hotel Palacio de la Pena Cantabria

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Passion for what we do! A brutal transgression of the established limits of the good taste. The seductive interior, combining small objects of art with furniture from glorious epochs, extraordinary pieces. Part of the fascination exercised is due to the number of unique objects with infallible instinct. It has a enduring charm. It is easy to fall in love and of course very difficult to get away. Happiness has settled there, and it shows.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Breakfast Available
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Electric vehicle charging station
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Multilingual Staff
Non-smoking hotel
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Calle Pena 26, 39170 Ajo Spain
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Santander Airport11 mi
Bilbao Airport37 mi
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Hotel el Palacio de la Peña is a fabulous 400 year old restored noble farmhouse located in Ajo overlooking fields of cows and horses and the beautiful Cantabria Sea. You will rest and rejuvenate here in this magnificent estate with the loving attention of Alexandra who runs the hotel and who is the artist in the kitchen creating delicious meals worthy of Michelin stars. She is helped by the sophisticated Alfonso when on school break and he,too, is responsible to catering to your every need. If you are lucky to speak to José Manuel, the creator and architect of this property, you will understand why you feel so loved and content here. He bought this property in complete ruins and lovingly restored each stone and rebuilt this noble estate to what it is today. He drove throughout Spain and France to find the authentic stones and wood needed to restore this 400 year old farmhouse so that it would be accurate and authentic. He has spared no cost. Today it is as well a museum of antiquities yet with all the modern amenities. Furthermore, This property was at one time a stopping point for the pilgrims going to Santiago de Compostela who would bed down in the stables. In fact, there is a concha or scallop shell in the coat of arms on the corner tower. The grounds of this fabulous estate behind the stone walls are magnificent with little tables and benches beckoning you to sit, meditate, read or have a copa de vino. Come and let Alexandra, José Manuel, and Alfonso restore your soul and be surrounded by loving energy and peace. My husband and I can not thank Alexandra, José Manuel, and Alfonso for our perfect 3 days in their beautiful property. Sincerely, Kathy and Dom
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Response from Alexandra P, Gerente at Hotel Palacio de la Peña Cantabria
Responded Jul 11, 2018
Fortunately we have been happy with you, we felt the same while we serve you. Thank you for your visit. We wish you the best. Sincerely,Alex,Alfonso & José Manuel.
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Just by coincidence we stayed here for one night while traveling through the north of Spain and it will definitely not be the last time to be here. It’s a family run business with a very high standard, all rooms are individually decorated with old antique furniture. It is as Spanish as can be , we absolutely loved it.! The diner we had was fantastic , very good kitchen and the atmosphere is just superb. A little place of heaven on earth 😊
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Response from Alexandra P, Gerente at Hotel Palacio de la Peña Cantabria
Responded Jun 23, 2018
Thank you, it has been a pleasure to serve you. See you soon.
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We spent the last night of our honeymoon here and it couldn't have been more perfect. Manuel, Alexandra & Alfonso made us feel so welcome, nothing was too much trouble and we left feeling like we'd made new friends. The setting of the hotel is beautiful, so peaceful and relaxing and the food was delicious. The palace is magical, a very special place and we hope to come back soon. Thank you to Manuel, Alexandra & Alfonso for making our visit such a happy and memorable one. Sally & Graham
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Response from Alexandra P, Gerente at Hotel Palacio de la Peña Cantabria
Responded Jun 23, 2018
It has been a pleasure to meet you and make your last honeymoon day so special.
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A beautiful, enchanting place with attention to detail in every corner including the gardens. Enjoy a meditative time in the gardens, or explore the intriguing different cozy spaces in the hotel filled with art, books, paintings and knick-knacks. The hospitality offered by Alejandra and Jose Manuel is similar to being welcome into the home of longtime friends alert to make your stay the most pleasant. This is a place you should plan to get to know. Although Wifi is available, it was great to disconnect, passing the time hiking in the beautiful mountains down to the coast or town of Ajo revisiting the art of socialization. It will be a place that we will always carry fond pleasurable memories. ---Pedro & Vanessa
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Response from Alexandra P, Gerente at Hotel Palacio de la Peña Cantabria
Responded Jun 10, 2018
Thank you. We will also remind you. We wish you the best.
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Excellent overnight stop over between San Sebastián and Asturias. In the countryside near Santander. This rural palace has been meticulously renovated as if hand crafted by its Propietor Manuel who has accumulated a collection of tasteful antiques to create a somewhat cinematic environment. Private little chapel included! The place is co-managed by Alex who is a perfectionist to a fault. She will look after every detail from your arrival to your departure to make sure you feel like a Royal during your stay. Stay for dinner in the grand dinning Hall and don’t miss the Chuletas a la parrilla (steak), the mixed green salad with passion fruit vinaigrette, the patatas a lo pobre (potatoes), and the pimientos. Alex will make you the best breakfast with freshly homemade breads and delicious croissants, seasonal fruits, eggs, and anything your little heart desires. This Almodovaresque couple could be in a film!
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Response from Alexandra P, Gerente at Hotel Palacio de la Peña Cantabria
Responded Jun 4, 2018
:) Thank you. IT HAS BEEN A PLEASURE TO SERVE YOU. Our greatest satisfaction is to make our clients happy.
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