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Hotel Izan Puerta de Gredos
Reviewed November 7, 2011

I also stayed at this hotel as part of the Vaughan town language group. The hotel is quite isolated (3 hours from Madrid) but this was definitely a plus for the purpose of our stay and I found it so peaceful and relaxing. I really enjoyed the programme and this hotel was an excellent choice. I was worried about the heat as it was July/August but luckily it wasnt too hot at all. The hotel rooms also had air conditioning just in case.

The location is very beautiful and the view of the Gredos Mountains in the distance is stunning. The reception area is large and had lots of comfortable seating. There wasnt a lot of staff around but I didnt mind that too much, it just added to the slow, relaxing place of life here. The nearest town (Barco de Avila) is a quintessential small Spanish town, with a slow pace of life. I loved it! Sipping a wine in the Spanish square, under the sunshine, with a wonderful group of Spanish and English speakers = heaven.

I had a really nice, modern, clean room facing the back of the building complete with a view from the window of the Gredos mountains. The bathroom was also nice with a jacuzzi tub-luxury at its best! As part of the program we had all our meals at the hotel. Breakfast was definitely the best. Mostly, I enjoyed the food but I know a lot of the Spanish people were disappointed with the quality. The wine was really nice tho!

As others have mentioned, there is a fee to use the fitness center/pool/spa but I did not use them. I had a look at them though and they looked good. I would definitely recommend staying in this hotel as part of Vaughan Town. I would also highly recommend taking part in this programme-it was an amazing experience!

Room Tip: I preferred the rooms in the main hotel, but at the back as these had a wonderful view of the Gredos...
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 19, 2011

VaughanTown (English conversation program) selected this 4 star hotel for its 5 night/6 day program. The hotel staff was helpful, the room large and comfortable and everything worked well, from the free WiFi to the good shower and air conditioning. Extras (such as the bar, swimming pool, tennis court and tiny gym) were overpriced. The hotel restaurant was not rated 4 star - justifiably so! On a 1-10 scale, I would give the food 5.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 21, 2010

This hotel is located virtually in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by farms and mountains in the distance. The rooms are comfortable and most have a spa bath (which they call a jacuzzi, but it really is just a normal bath with jets). The room has every other amenity one could want and there is a 'spa' facility that houses a small gym with basic equipment and an indoor pool. Members of our conference group had to pay EUR 3.50 per hour to use it though but that may be specific to groups? We had set meals but they catered well for vegetarians and those who did not eat pork. The food was generally very good but it was a pity I only found out on the last day that one can order eggs etc. (hot food) from the kitcken for breakfast if you want. It's a lovely place to unwind in the clean mountain air and there is a beautiful river within easy walking distance to swim in. There is a paddle court and equipment can be hired from the reception desk. The staff were genrally polite and willing to please. It's the perfect loaction for confrences or workshops where you want to avoid outside distractions - there are none! Lovely calm, rejuvenating place.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 6, 2010

The hotel itself was lovely, and the rooms were very nice. But here we were in this absolutely gorgeous setting, with nowhere to sit outside. I was with a language learning group, and we all wanted to spend time enjoying the beauitiful vistas, and we had to sit on the grass, or the steps, or worst of all, indoors where there was the only comfortable seating. And having to pay extra for the pool, which had some seating on a deck, was outrageous.

The food for our group was terrible, bland and not at all representative of the region. The meat was tough and on one occasion actually inedible. Maybe the food for the regular guests was better, otherwise i can´t understand why anyone would travel to an out of the way hotel with such a poor restaurant. Although i will say the breakfasts were very good.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 16, 2010

The hotel is stunningly situated with mountains as a backdrop and to the side.

It's possible to walk down to the River Tormes in 30 minutes and to the village (opposite direction) in 30 mins too.

Rooms ( I was in the side block) are spacious and very clean with lovely views. (Ground floor -some of the first floor rooms only have skylights.)

Public areas are nice but the fire was never lit and it was certainly cold enough!

Restaurant -very mixed food.Excellent venison,uck,choc sponge and cheesecake then let down by horrible veal escalope,still thawing mashed potato and fruit salad out of a tin!!!!

Breakfast -no cereal,but fresh fruit (pineapple,kiwi,oranges nicely prepared.)

Grounds are grassed -could do with some benches for sitting on scattered throughout the grounds -just stone seats at the moment.

Swimming and tennis is extra -this should not be so in a 4* hotel -it should be included,

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 13, 2009

Lovely hotel, lovely food, lovely spacious rooms with amazing views of the mountains, jacuzzi in en suite bathroom, buffet breakfast lovely and lots to choose from and all other meals were just as nice. Rooms had tv, phone, mini bar, safe, wardrobe and so forth. Although there was a fee for the swimming pool it was well worth it for the view of the mountains whilst swimming, the steam room and the sauna along with the hot tub. The exercise room was small but highly rated hotel.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 11, 2009

I stayed at this hotel for five nights as part of a group of 15 "Anglos" and 15 Spaniards sponsored by www.vaughantown.com The Anglos were from different English speaking countries and were there as "volunteers" to speak English for 12 hours per day (including at meals) to the Spaniards (from all over Spain) who were there for a total immersion in English experience. The isolation of the hotel was actually a plus given the purpose of our stay. I enjoyed the program and had the opportunity to meet interesting Spaniards and Anglos.
The grounds were beautiful---up a very quiet road among livestock farms with the Gredos Mountains in the distance. The nearest town (a 20 minute walk) is Barco de Avila---a very small town, but complete with a castle, 13th century church and a quiet town square. It is approximately a 3 hour bus ride from Madrid. Avila is the closest city. I don't think I would probably choose to stay here without a car had I not been very occupied with the language program.
I agree with many of the other reviews. I had a nice room with a lovely view---three beds to myself. The bathroom had a jacuzzi tub. My room was in a side building. The room I saw in the main building was not nearly as large and had a skylight rather than a window. We ate all meals at the hotel. Again, I would agree that breakfast was the best--a buffet with a Spanish tortilla (egg and potato omelet), pastries, rolls, toast, Spanish deli meats and cheese. We did not order off the menu for our other meals. What we were served was certainly more than adequate, but not haute cuisine. The Spanish in this area eat a lot of meat. I'm afraid that some lovely neutered bulls in the next field were probably soon destined for the dinner table.
We were able to walk up the road and through some private hunting land to a river where some of our group went swimming. As others have mentioned, there is a fee to use the fitness center/pool/spa and I did not use them.
I also agree that the reception staff did not seem all that interested in the guests although one did print out a history of the hotel (a former wool cleaning center) for me. The reception area is large and pleasant with comfortable seating, but again, the bar there (for drinks, coffee, tea, etc.) was not well staffed.
This hotel would be a good weekend getaway for Madrilenos and a nice stopover for tourists with a car who need a day off from frenetic sightseeing. If you're an English speaker and can pay your airfare to Spain, one way to stay here is to participate in the Vaughantown program. This is one of the hotels they regularly use.
There was free internet access in the hotel lobby and my Blackberry Tour had data and e-mail reception. (I didn't try the phone).

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled on business
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Address: Carretera Llanos s/n, 05600 El Barco de Avila, Spain
Location: Spain > Castile and Leon > Province of Avila > El Barco de Avila
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in El Barco de Avila
Price Range: $64 - $188 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Izan Puerta de Gredos 4*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Next to El Barco de Avila and Sierra de Gredos, historic set of the late s. XVIII, enjoying a perfect location to rest and relax. It offers its customers a rural setting surrounded by gardens. You can practice different activities in the area depending on the time of year, including horse riding, hiking through the Sierra de Gredos, etc. It has 50 rooms divided into 35 standard (10 for up to 3 people, 25 are doubles), 10 duplex mini-suites with fireplace, 4 duplex suites (with whirlpool) and 1 standard duplex. All rooms are exterior with whirlpool tub, hairdryer, telephone, mini bar, satellite TV, Internet access, safe and air conditioning hot-cold air. Room duplex with living room downstairs and bedroom upstairs. Other facilities include a restaurant, cafe, various lounges, small library with board games, spa (addittonal charge)with gym, jacuzzi, sauna, Scottish shower, bi thermal shower and steam room, solarium, indoor heated pool in winter, Internet access, meeting meetings, exhibitions and seminars, sports court, paddle tennis court (additional charge), bicycle rental service (additional charge), PS4 with various games available (additional charge), public computer and free parking. ... more   less 
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