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“The Spirit of Aragon”
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Alen d'Aragon
Ranked #1 of 22 Zaragoza B&B and Inns
Tampa, FL
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“The Spirit of Aragon”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

It was not until the morning of our departure that we learned the origin of the name "Alen d' Aragon." "Alen" is a word from the local dialect of Aragonese that means "the spirit of the wine." And nothing quite captures the spirit of Aragon like this beautiful place and its owner, José .

Even though the hotel is new to its surroundings, it fits into the hillside like it has always been there. It is a microcosm for all of the plants, lavender, roses, olive and almond trees, birds, and all of the things which make this part of Spain unique.

It goes without saying that the physical component of Alen d' Aragon is of a very high standard. The rooms are large and very comfortable, and each appears to have unique views of the beautiful countryside. In the Summer, breakfast is served outside in the cool morning air. Locally produced fruit and cheeses are highlighted, as you would expect from an inn which embodies its surroundings.  We stayed three nights at Alen d' Aragon and enjoyed dinner there each night.  Each dinner was different and each dinner was excellent. The menu is not complex, but do not be fooled by its simplicity. Each meal is prepared simply and by using fresh local products. The wines offered are those which José enjoys himself, and those that were served at dinner were excellent.

The staff could not have been more pleasant or more accommodating. But it was José who stood out as one of those rare innkeepers whom you will always remember. José is in love with Aragon and its people. When we expressed an interest in learning of local wines, José accompanied us to meet the winemakers from the Fiŕe de Pegalaz and Edra wineries. The winemakers were from two different generations, yet their passion for producing the highest quality wines is as strong as anyone you would meet in Bordeaux or Napa Valley.  José spent several hours with us, talking with the winemakers and tasting their wines. Even though this was our first stop in Spain, we could not pass up the opportunity to stuff as many bottles in our suitcases as we could allow. If you plan to visit this part of Spain and you like good food and wine, Alen d' Aragon  is a hidden gem.

If this were to be our only visit to the beautiful country of Spain, we would consider ourselves fortunate to have experienced one of the best parts of it and to have met some of its finest people.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here en route from France to Spain. After an amazing drive through the Pyrenees arrived to discover a gem of a place. So enjoyed it we stayed two nights on our way back. Then took our two teenage grandchildren there after their exams in July for an activity based holiday. Jose organised rafting, climbing and canyoning for us. Had a brilliant time - grandchildren thought it amazing. The food is excellent - always an important part of any holiday. It will certainly be a regular stopover for us. Elizabeth Grayshon

  • Stayed April 2013
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Trondheim, Norway
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

Not easy to find, off "the beaten track" and a great surprise. First of all thanks to Alan and José, and their great service! We where lucky to get an upgrade, but as far as I could see all apartments where spacious with splendid views. A glas of the local white wine in the evening overlooking the Riglos, after a great meal in the restaurant is a perfect way to end the day. Asking the kids the only thing they missed was a pool - but then we would have missed the quietness :) We give it our highets recommondations!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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New York
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

We took a fairly big detour from our planned destination, the town of Zaragoza, to stay here because the reviews looked so good. I'm so glad we did... first of all, the place itself is worth the trip. It's gorgeous - the setting couldn't be better, the rooms are lovely. José is such a nice guy and made us feel really welcome. The food was delicious, and they were happy to cater to my annoying dietary requests. I usually don't think that much about scrambled eggs, but the ones we had at breakfast were really delicious. The other unexpected bonus of this trip was the surrounding area. We drove north the following day to San Sebastian and went through Huesca -- I wish we'd had more time to stay. It was some of the most spectacular scenery I've seen (you drive right by the Pyrenees), particularly from a car window. You also pass a couple really beautiful rivers, aquamarine apparently from glacial ice melt in the Pyrenees: the río Gállego, which is right near the hotel, and the río Aragón, further north. Lots of water sports going on in the Gállego, if that's your thing. Anyway, I highly recommend the area and the hotel.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Düsseldorf
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

We stayed there for one night half the way going from Bilbao to Barcelona. It is not that easy to find, follow the directions the owners will send you, there are no road signs leading the way to the hotel!
We were really fascinated with the tranquility of the landscape and the beautiful surroundings. The little houses with the hotel rooms are spacious yet cosy, without a doubt the best rooms we had on that trip going through France and Spain. José was a perfect host. From the first cold beer upon arrival until the fresh fruit he supplied us with for breakfast. Very nice dinner.
I do not remember having seen so many stars in the night ... José, it was not me stumbling into your flowerbed because I had too much wine, it was your plants attacking me!
Loved to go there again.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

My husband and I stayed in Alen d'Aragon near Huesca this past April and we think it was one of the very best among our numerous stays in Spain. Location was fabulous, in spite of my initial reluctance through Google map which shows only near-by village streets. It turned out Alen d'Aragon is outside the village surrounded by orchards. The grand scenery out of our room/cottage was fabulous with 180 degree view of the Pyrenee foothills. The host was gracious and kind and their bread was excellent. We throughly enjoyed our stay and sincerely recommend this place as your base to explore the wonders of Aragon.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Invercargil, New Zealand
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

We stayed here for one night after flying into Barcelona (from NZ - we'd been vertical for about 50 hours!) We were made very welcome and our suite was lovely and clean and comfortable. It's in a quite location with beautiful scenery around. We dined in the restaurant and the food and wine were excellent too. I'd definitely recommend this boutique B&B.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Alen d'Aragon
Address: Caserio Moran S/N | Santa Eulalia de Gallego, 22806 Zaragoza, Spain
Location: Spain > Aragon > Province of Zaragoza > Zaragoza > Casco Antiguo
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Ranked #1 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in Zaragoza
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Alen d'Aragon 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Santa eulalia de Gállego - a little Aragonese village perched on the terraces and hills surrounding the river Gállego where it cuts dramatically through the towering cliffs of the pyrenean foothills. ...Alén d´Aragón - a small and unique rural hotel, like a hamlet at the edge of the village, nestled among almonds, olives and holm oaks where you will find peace, a friendly welcome and a perfect base to discover....We have developed the idea of a “hotel village” to fit the Aragonese setting; various small buildings with nooks and corners, just like a hamlet in the Pyrenean foothills. The hotel offers eleven rooms, five of them large suites of over 500 sq ft each and six ample double rooms of 240 sq ft each. ... more   less 
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