We spent 2 nights at the Hostal de Cardenal two weeks ago, at the beginning of our trip touring Spain with our 20 y.o. daughter following her study abroad program. This hotel was a wonderful start for our trip. It is a beautiful old building that truly gives you a sense of the "old" Toledo, but the rooms are updated and roomy. The building enters just outside the wall around the city, but part of the building is actually built into the wall. The gardens are serene and lovely, and despite the location off of a very busy street, you feel like you are in a quiet retreat. We reserved a triple room, and even with a third bed in the room, there was adequate space so that you did not feel cramped. You entered our room and were immediately in a small hallway with the bathroom directly opposite - the hallway gave added space to the room and made an already large space feel much bigger! There was adequate closet space, which is rare in an older building. Most important in the summer, the air conditioning worked well and kept the room at a comfortable temperature.
The hotel is located a short distance (2 minute walk) from the escalators into the old part of the city, making it quite convenient. At the top of the escalators is a tourist information center - a good place to start any visit to the city! Though some might like to stay in the heart of the old town, we really enjoyed this location as a compromise between the modern, distant, run-of-the-mill offerings outside the city and the older smaller options inside.
Complaints - *You enter the grounds of the hotel from a parking area and have quite a distance to traverse before getting to the hotel and MANY stairs. Previous reviews had noted this so I knew it going in, but it really hit us hard in the heat of July! Really though, the hotel was worth it.
*There was no one around to assist with luggage, though on check-out a very nice young man who worked the early mornings at the desk did assist us with our bags.
*As for the rudeness of the desk clerks, I can only say that there was an older gentleman who was "less than cheerful". As for the others, they were very kind and accomodating, particularly a young woman who spoke some English and always had a kind word for guests.
*The restaurant was convenient and a lovely place to enjoy a meal in the garden, but the food was nothing special. The service was excellent, though the waiters were not very friendly.
All in all, I would highly recommend this hotel as long as you understand the trek to the door!
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- Also Known As:
- Hostal Del Cardenal Toledo
- Hostal Del Cardenal Hotel Toledo