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“What a disappointment!”
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Parador de Cadiz
Ranked #2 of 28 Hotels in Cadiz
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 31, 2014

We were so disappointed with this Parador that we did what we have never done before: we booked out after one night although we were originally booked for three. This is a new hotel, which is already beginning to show many signs of wear and tear. The blinds in our room were coming away from their frames and all night the lighthouse shone - intermittently - into the room despite both blinds being down. On our balcony, there were marks of the rain and sea salt coming through form the floor above and discolouring the overhang, while the ceiling above the lavatory was also showing signs of water damage. The walls had evidence of the blood of former guests who had been bitten by mosquitoes who paid the ultimate price! The lighting was a nightmare and several of the complicated switches just did not work. The restaurant had so limited a menu (cod, tuna, pork and pork) that we did not eat there and breakfast was slow and sloppily served. But the biggest disappointment was the spa. I was convalescing from an operation and had hoped to use this to relax - and above all to use the steam room to help my lungs which had reacted badly to the anaesthetic. When we went to find out about the spa, the two girls attending it were, at best surly. They said the steam room was not working (no apology) and that we could not book a visit - although we were there! We had to go back to our rooms and ring them up!!! Equally, there is no way that a mere 90 minutes is value for money when the charge was 15 Euros! However, it was the rude way in which this was communicated to us that really upset us. When we did book out early, the greatest sadness was that the reception staff didn't seem surprised and there was another couple doing the same thing - and much more polemically than we did. It is so sad - we loved the old Cadiz Parador - why, oh why, have they ruined it?

Room Tip: Try and get one that is NOT facing the lighthouse and, if you are unlucky enough to be put in such a...
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 28, 2014

I stayed in this hotel with my parents and 2 brothers for 2 days, and we were truly impressed of this hotel.
The hotel has private parking which is perfect since is located on a really busy area with no so much public parking available.
Once in the hotel lounge, they had complimentary drinks and biscuits (much appreciated BTW), the lounge design was contemporary and really spacious.
The rooms are pristine clean and modern, and surprisingly luxurious. The room sea views are mesmerizing and the room had a large terrace to sit down and enjoy it!
The staff were quite friendly both in reception and in the lounge coffee bar.
The breakfast was very good with plenty of variety.
The hotel has a really large terrace on the last floor which is worth visiting to get some amazing photos of Cadiz and the sea, we didn't try the pool area since it was quite cold then, but it looked really good.
The hotel location is perfect and on walking distance from the center, which makes for a good walk next to the sea.
I really couldn't find anything really to complain about, so this hotel was well worth the price.

Room Tip: Choose a high floor with sea view.. totally worth it!
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Ismael P
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

Firstly thanks to the contributor who recommended a even number room high up. We had the most wonderful views and the sunset was beautiful. We have stayed in many Paradores over the last few years and this was exceptional. So ultra modern the styling was wonderful. The bedrooms are such a surprise with all the modern facilities, very tasteful. The hotel is in a good position on the seafront and within walking distance of the old town. We had a meal in a restaurant a few minutes walk away. Breakfast was plentiful and very good. We will certainly be back hopefullly for more than one night. The weather was excellent and we had a most amazing time.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank DRBUKLONDON
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

The Parador is within walking distance of the railway station (a brisk 30") but take a taxi around the sea if you have luggage. I mention this because the train has excellent connections up to, eg, Jerez, and a stroll after breakfast into town (15") will let you enjoy a quiet time in, say, Plaza S Juan de Dios or Catedral (or one of many others) and then a further walk (15") through the small and lumpy cobbled streets.

Your other reviewers seem to give a good impression and I agree. Little glitches - mine happened to be the bath - but really there's nothing wrong. Our stay in December was cold and wet but bright and sunny and the only small drawback is evening location. It can be very cold to walk back!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank James840
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Reviewed December 23, 2013

We have stayed @ this Parador on several occasions but this the first time since it was rebuilt. The whole feeling was surprise and amazing. They have designed and utilized a beautiful property and by modernizing have given more light and fantastic views from everywhere. The room offered everything modern and handy and enjoyable to just sit to see the sea, sunrise, sunset or relax. It was my birthday and a special anniversary and the director made it a special one. The shower and bath were great. Good services for spa and pools.
We found only two faults you now pay for parking per day! And the other was the dinning room and cafe could not offer a special meal to fit my special diet however did offer for cialiac or diabetics.
The hotel is in perfect location to enjoy the old town on the corner of the Atlantic and the bay with a park just out the door.
We will return!

Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 29, 2013

The location is very good, right at the north-west end of the old town, with La Caleta beach to one side, and the Parque Genoves on the other side, and within walking distance of all the sights. However, finding it for the first time when walking from the station through the maze of narrow alleyways of the old town turned out to be quite an adventure- even obtaining a GPS fix wasn't easy amongst the high buildings. After a couple of days though, we were navigating the alleys like locals!

Aesthetically, the hotel looks amazing, especially inside: super-modern with lots of glass, and light, and space, and remote control of room features.

As you walk into your room, the window blinds open automatically to reveal floor to ceiling windows leading onto the balcony and a very nice sea view.

The furnishings were clean and modern: comfortable bed, flat screen TV, safe, minibar- all pretty standard up to now...

There was no separate bathroom as such: a few steps from the bed you could enter the huge glass-enclosed bath, complete with three choices of mood lighting- it would have been nice if this could be adjusted from the bath rather than having to stand up first, but that's hardly an issue.

Just outside the bath were two small washbasins with the taps extending to the centre of them: this made it a bit awkward for washing your face, but apart from that they were fine.

Beyond the basins, a glass door led to the toilet and shower- more about the toilet in a moment.

The walk-in shower was great: powerful piping hot water flowing from a large shower head at quite a height above you made you feel as if you were under your own private waterfall- wonderful.

The breakfasts were superb: a huge selection of very good hot and cold foods, and quality bread, cakes, pastries and fruits. The selection didn't vary much over the days we were there, but there was more than enough choice to have something different every day.

There were however some small practical issues:

(i) The translucent glass door of the toilet: no matter how well you know your travel companion, you really don't want to look up from the bed and see them sitting on the toilet doing their business!:-/ Similarly, you can see into the bath. At least the separate shower was out of sight.

(ii) The balconies are quite small and offer no privacy whatsoever: it's awkward to be outside enjoying the sea views when neighbours on both sides are sitting a mere couple of metres away. Also, you can see well into your neighbours' rooms from the balconies so, even if you're sitting in your own room, you sometimes have to close the blinds to feel private.

(iii) Although the door of the glass (of course!) wardrobe containing the safe and minibar was fully closed, a bright automatic light annoyingly kept switching itself on and off at random times- this actually woke us up a few times during the night.

(iv) The hotel restaurant didn't open until 8.30pm- I realise that the late-night lifestyle of the Spanish means that they also eat dinner very late, but surely they should also cater for hotel guests from other countries who prefer to eat earlier?

Anyway, despite these few issues, we thoroughly enjoyed our time in Cadiz and at the Parador, and would gladly return...

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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5  Thank Jezster
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Reviewed November 28, 2013

This new Parador has been built on the site of the old one since our last visit to Cadiz, and this time we stayed for a week wanting to explore Cadiz properly. The hotel is ultra modern and merits its stars. Its position on the promontory overlooking the ocean, and the wonderful botanical park to one side, is exceptional. Rooms are very comfortable and luxurious - spa bath, walk in shower and two basins provide a range of washing choices, and loved being able to fold back the room-high windows. One thing to note - we wondered how anyone elderly or with limited strength would manage in the rooms - everything in made of heavy glass which looks great, but take care if this is you. We only eat breakfast in the hotel - very well managed and you could not ask for a better range, quality and choice of food. My only frustration with this hotel is with what could be one of the best bars in the city. The designer/ architects designed a layered wooden deck opening out onto Cadiz's wonderful oceanside promenade. It has designer lighting, comfy seating and a good menu. BUT traditional Parador rules still seem to apply. The service is slow, and often less than friendly (possibly understaffed). For some reason the bar is lit up harshly as soon as it gets dark in the evening, rather than using the atmosphere lighting, and it generally feels that customers are not particularly welcomed any time of day. What a shame - we would have spent a lot more time and euros chilling in there if we could get a drink and a smile! Having said that, this hotel is top notch in all other areas and would definitely go again - and there are lots of other bars in the city centre - a ten minute walk away! We highly recommend the Plaza Mina, the Museum on that square and eating fried fish.

Room Tip: Difficult to find a poor room - either overlookiing the ocean, or the ocean and the botanical garden...
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank mzurisal
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Address: Avenida Duque de Najera 9, 11002 Cadiz, Spain
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Location: Spain > Andalucia > Costa de la Luz > Cadiz
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Cadiz
#1 Business Hotel in Cadiz
#2 Family Hotel in Cadiz
#2 Luxury Hotel in Cadiz
Price Range: $160 - $472 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Parador de Cadiz 4*
Number of rooms: 149
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A new Parador for a new century. A new building representing a new, updated architecture, in which light, space and noble materials are key elements, with avant-garde lines in which the most diverse shapes and materials - wood, marble, steel, stone and glass - are combined to give this new icon of contemporary architecture its shape. Light invades all corners, and the ocean turns into the horizon, from which any spot of the new Parador can be seen. Modern and warm rooms, with impressive terraces flying over the city and the Ocean. The swimming pool and Spa area is located on the second floor. Here, guests can enjoy the best panoramic views onto the bay of Cádiz ... more   less 
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