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.
- 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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