Briefly scanning the recent reviews, I see that many of them have given the Hotel San Juan de los Reyes 4 stars (or 4 circles) whereas I value it higher and have given the full number of stars.
As backround, I was there for two nights in June 2013. I chose the hotel on the basis of the reviews in TripAdvisor and Booking.com. As I made the online reservation, I was told that I would be in one of the rooms on the ground floor, which I thought might not be good for going to sleep early, etc. however this proved to be a needless worry as nary a sound was heard in my room. The choice of location for my room was later uncovered as it turns out that a large busload of Asian tourists were occupying the hotel my first night and I apparently got the last room available. The next day the reservations clerk told me that he would change my room if I wanted. I didn't. It turns out that this room had a bathroom designed and equipped for handicapped persons, with all kinds of railings, chair in the shower, and a very high toilet bowl. While this was probably less comfortable to a person who is not handicapped, I would like to compliment management/owners for having a room or rooms (I don't know if there are more, and if so how many) for people who have special needs which are probably not met in more than 99% of hotels in the world. My discomfort was minimal vis a vis the convenience provided to one who needs a bathroom like that.
But my evaluation of the hotel is not based at all on the fact that I had a specially designed bathroom. First, the location: excellent for seeing the Old City (which I expect is the reason most tourists visit Toledo), although I must qualify this by noting that the Old City is not that big and so most hotels located therein have an excellent location. The hotel is mere meters away from at least four of the attractions recommended by TripAdvisor reviewers. Second the parking. An indoor parking lot under the hotel is very handy, and can be reached by an elevator from inside the hotel. While parking costs extra, the convenience is well worth the money as the automobile is not needed for touring the Old City. Third, the room itself, clean, well laid out, decent accessories in the bathroom (shampoo, soap,etc.), and the hotel is quiet, at least was on the nights of my visit, and the bed was comfortable ensuring a good night's sleep. The breakfast was good, although not the best I ever had in a 4 star Spanish hotel; the hotel does not lay out hot things like bacon and cooked eggs, although they do leave a note on the table that the guest can order these things from the dining room staff. Additionally, the hotel was not particularly expensive. I should add that as opposed to another reviewer, I had no problem whatsoever with the free wifi both in my room and in public areas. I would be remiss in this review if I didn't mention Pedro, the gentleman at reception who checked me in and who also served as my concierge when I requested information. Pedro was both friendly and professional at the same time, and I would not be exaggerating if I said that my visit to Toledo was enriched by the assistance and suggestions that I received from Pedro.
The ultimate question concerning a hotel review is whether the reviewer would return to that hotel in the future if he was in the area, and to that I say "without a doubt"
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This building of the hotel dates from 1889. At first, it was used as a cold steel Factory. "The San Jose Flour Factory" was created in 1918 and continued its production until July 1996. The Factory was used for the production of flour, marzipan, chocolates and sweets. Its products were among the most valued and known, not only for the use of raw material with an unbeatable quality, but also for the technical methods that guaranteed the supply and production of the different products.This building, considered a point of cultural interest, preserves its Neomudejar facade and is a magnificent representation of the 19th Century industrial architecture. Opened in May 2003, The San Juan de los Reyes Hotel is located in the emblematic Jewish quarter of Toledo, in the historic city centre next to the main monuments: San Juan de los Reyes Monastery, Santa Maria la Blanca Synagogue, Vitorio Macho Museum, El Greco Museum, Santo Tome Church, El Transito Synagogue. ... more less
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