Enjoyed four nights at this delightful hotel this past October on our spain trip. Spacious and clean rooms, excellent location just in front if Plaza Mayor in the city centre. Had great coffee in the little cozy lounge in the ground floor. Would recommend it to any who wish to visit Salamanca.
Turned up on spec, needed a room for three nights, offered one at the back. My better half then asked for one with a view; available for two nights, then we'd have to move for the third night. Glad we accepted the move - the first room had a perfect view of the street below, the church opposite, and the storks. Standing on our balcony we could see into Plaza Mayor. Great room, good bathroom, air-con, plenty cafes within ten feet for breakfast, English-speaking receptionist, very helpful. One small complaint - he didn't make it clear that the rate he quoted for parking was per night, not per stay, so a bit of a shock when the bill came, but he discounted it when we questioned the price. If booking ahead, ask for a room at the front - we had no. 25. By the way, not the cheapest, but magnificent situation.
If you love bird-watching, Hotel San Juan is the place for you!
At first we were disappointed because our fourth floor room had no street view, but once we discovered the enormous stork nest on the top of the bell tower right in front of our window, we spent a lot of time in observing these wonderful birds.
The very kind Hotel Staff told us the nest has been reduced by the Salamanca municipality as it was too heavy for the tower, and several layers have been replaced by lighter plastic material, leaving the real stork’s nest on the top in order to have the nest recognized by its owners.
I stayed at Hotel Don Juan on Easter Thursday and Friday. The hotel was ideally suted for watching the grand Easter parades for which Salamanca is famous, being centrally located beside the Plaza Mayor. Indeed, the parades went past outside the door of the hotel! The staff were great and the hotel serves some of the best tapas in Salamanca. The downside was the single room, which smelt stongly of tobacco smoke, and the shower leaked on to the bathroom floor. All in all, a positive experience and I would stay there again if I could get a different room.
My friend, Karen, was lucky enough to have been on sabbatical in Salamanca for several weeks and I was lucky enough to have been able to join her there for one of those weeks. She found the Hotel Don Juan by accident. She was dissatisfied with the first hotel she had booked and just wandered into the Hotel Don Juan where they let her view a room before she booked. She was more than pleased with the room which was much larger than the unsatisfactory one and for a lower price. I found this hotel completely charming. The staff couldn’t have been friendlier or more accommodating, always greeting me with a smile and an “Hola!” Several of the staff spoke English and the ones who didn’t were eager to finds ways to communicate. I was both lucky and unlucky enough to have had a room facing the street: Lucky because of the lovely view of the Iglesia de San Martin, one of the oldest churches in the city, and unlucky because the noise from the neighboring Plaza Mayor made it difficult to sleep. Oh, well, why sleep when you are on vacation? That can be done at home! The Hotel Don Juan is a family-run small business which seems eager to make guests feel like part of the family.