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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Izan Puerta De Gredos Spain/Province Of Avila - El Barco De Avila