A very modern hotel set in an old building on the side of a plaza in the historical part of Almeria boasting a view of the Alcazaba on the hill. We had a junior suite overlooking the square and with an Alcazaba view. The outlook was very nice although the square is somewhat rundown. The suite was large, clean, with an open plan bathroom and a mix of modern and traditional fittings. While the overall look was great some of the ideas were probably better on paper as they were not that practical. While we like minimalist houses and rooms we felt that there could have been a few more items in the suite to make the stay a bit more comfortable e.g tea and coffee making, larger towels. A directory of services would also have been a help. The bed was large and very comfortable.
The suite price came with access to the hot Arabian type baths situated below the hotel and this is a great way to spend a couple of relaxing hours after a day’s sightseeing. You can also have a massage and treatments. While the baths are a must the hotel restaurant is a something to miss quite how it got to number two on Tripadvisor is a mystery to me and is the one area that has let the hotel down. The service was at best mediocre (which is a shame as the hotel staff are very helpful) and the food was poor. We did not go back a second time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel embodies the perfect mix between tradition and modernity in an exceptional building. An 19th Century work refurbished by Alonso Balaguer, the famous architecture studio from Barcelona. The hotel makes us appreciate the harmonious merging of forms, textures and colors where the modest gives life to new attitudes and sensations. Plaza Vieja Hotel & Lounge is the perfect place to ease your senses, have a cocktail or enjoy a good book. And it's also the right place to live a unique experience: the Arabian Baths Aire de Almeria. A millenarian tradition that all our guests will be able to delight themselves with. Experience through their senses with water therms at different degrees or choose the most appealing massage in our special relax room. Even if the guest prefers so, the massage can be in its own room ... more less
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