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Hotel Zenit Imperial
Ranked #15 of 39 Hotels in Valladolid
Reviewed July 4, 2013

We were a large wine group (48) and we wanted to explore the Ribera del Duero wine area, and then move on to Rueda and the Toro D.O. and combine some sightseeing in this underrated area of Spain.
Because we had a day “at leisure” in the middle of our holiday, I wanted a hotel right in the middle of attractive Valladolid. There is a lot to do and see in this city. The hotel Imperial is just 30 yards from the main square (Plaza Mayor) and situated in the centre of a very authentic tapas bar area. Our group loved it!. They could take the evening air before dinner and walk off the meal after dinner! (We dined in the Hotel dining room, and ate very well!)
Roberto, the English speaking manager, could not have been more helpful. Some of the rooms are a little on the small side but the bathrooms are modern and well fitted. The city centre position more than made up for this.
We stayed for 4 nights, and because we were a sizeable group, Roberto made special arrangements for us to have dinner at an “English” hour, 8.00pm!
All of the main chain hotels in Valladolid are well out of the city and would have involved a bus ride in or a long walk. This was the deciding factor for us choosing the Zenit Imperial!
The group visit involved a lot of planning, and once again, Roberto was pleased to give me advice.
Day visits to the east of Valladolid, in our Spanish coach, were to Aranda del Duero, Penafiel and its amazing castle, the San Domingo de Silos monastery, the forgotten Roman town of Clunia and Penaranda. Most people from Britain will never have heard of these places let alone have visited them!
To the west and south, we had day visits to Salamanca, Segovia, Tordesillas and Toro.
To the north, we had a special day in Burgos and the new Museum of Human Evolution is a must see! Also of course, the wonderful Cathedral.
Some of the wineries in the area are new, very imposing and spectacular. Bodegas Legaris (see separate review under Penafiel) and Faustino’s Bodegas Portia were the ones we chose to visit in Ribera del Duero. In the Toro D.O. we were well received at Estancia Piedra, just to the south of Toro itself.
Ribera wine is excellent and, I think, will shortly match Rioja - some will say it already does! Rueda whites are from the Verdejo grape and equally as exciting!
But remember Valladolid, because this city is a hidden treasure, and you can easily walk it from this very central hotel. The Trip Advisor “Things to do” section gave me lots of help in deciding what to do and where to go!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Alan B
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

Yes, The rain in Spain does fall sometimes on the plain! (at least - in March)
But we had the ideal position in Valladolid to get out and see the city! (with the Hotel's borrowed umbrella!). You see, the Imperial is so central! Step outside and you are in TAPAS land and Roberto kindly gave us a tapas map and his recommendations. The tostadas de gambas were the ultimate! Or, step outside and you are in the middle of a very impressive Plaza Mayor.
But we were here to recce the area and the Hotel for a group wine trip in June, so we also had to taste the Imperial restaurant food. And that went down very well too! A special menu @ 18 euros was on offer during the week before Easter - excellent value. The rooms are not big but there is everything you need, And their rates are very competitive! You will feel "gracious" as you walk up the curved marble staircase, well, it was formerly a palace, we were told! The house wine, served with the meal, was of a very acceptable standard, both the Toro red and the Rueda white.
The staff were all very accommodatng, and Roberto speaks excellent English and is so helpful to his clients! You can relax and enjoy the Imperial!

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Alan B
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

Not quite sure how it got four stars, but it's conveniently located with good restaurants on the doorstep. The décor is reminiscent of a retirement home and it did smell a bit like grannies! The shower wasn't great, a bit awkwardly positioned.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

Hotel is situated 25 meters from the main square and there are many bars and restaurants within walking distance, Could not be better situated for the sights and nightlife of Valladolid yet its not noisy at all ! Rooms are cleaned daily and are reasonable size and comfortable. Only ate breakfast once in the hotel and it was standard continental fare but adequate enough. The Manager is the only person who speaks English but is more than helpful with his maps and recommendations. All in all great value for money and would happily stay again if visiting Valladolid.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

I have stayed at Zenit on 3 separate occasions and am continually surprised at the great value of this hotel. The rooms are big, fairly modern, really comfortable and clean. The entrance feels like a grand hotel but the price is like a budget hotel. In terms of location you couldn't be nearer to the centre as it is in the road parallel behind Plaza Mayor. The manager Roberto was extremely helpful and talked us through all the relevant sites and places to eat and drink in Valladolid.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Thank ANNA H
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

We stayed for one night in early July while travelling further south. The welcome was really warm with the Manager speaking excellent English. The rooms were more traditional, old style Spanish but all the better for that. This building has so much character. The rooms are a reasonable size for centre of city and very clean and comfortable. There are antique artifacts around which enhance the experience of this hotel and the grand staircase and bar are lovely. Although at the heart of the city, there was little noise and we were not disturbed.
It is situated seconds away from some great tapas bars and the centre Plaza which is beautiful, especially at night when everything is lit up. We were given a map and recommendations on the tapas bars, all of which were superb. This is a lively, bustling Spanish city and we would love to have spent more time here.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Vivien B
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

Really good hotel, very close to the square. Car parking was easy it was under the square. It was then a two minute walk to the hotel. Great location. Very friendly hotel reception, couldn't do enough for us. Bedroom very well appointed and with a small balcony overlooking a pedestrian street.
Good breakfast. All fantastic value for money. A very enjoyable town and hotel.
Would highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Debbie B
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Address: Calle Peso 4, 47001 Valladolid, Spain
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Location: Spain > Castile and Leon > Province of Valladolid > Valladolid
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Hotel Style:
#12 Luxury Hotel in Valladolid
Price Range: $63 - $117 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Zenit Imperial 4*
Number of rooms: 63
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