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Hotel Abat Cisneros
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Montserrat
Reviewed September 15, 2012

Montserrat is undoubtedly one of the most unique and spectacular settings in Spain, and spending the night there--especially after tourists depart for the day--is worth it even if the only hotel actually in Montserrat is mediocre. Fortunately, the Abat Cisneros is much better than that. Our room was basic, but clean, and offered a fantastic view even from our first floor room. About what we expected from all the reviews. The staff was very helpful and the common areas and dining room nicely done. Our only complaint was the food in the restaurant. Breakfast was very good. However, the dinner meal was so bad neither of us finished our meal, and judging by the amount of food left on other plates we weren't alone. The service was fine, but the food was simply bad--a chicken breast overcooked to the point of having the texture of leather; vegetable soup with nothing but broth; a green salad composed solely of 3 spinach leaves; you get the idea. Since the hotel's restaurant is the only one in Montserrat open in the evening, I recommend eating lunch elsewhere and buying bread, cheese, wine and other food items from the small store in the plaza just down from the hotel before it closes in the evening. Another tip: the hotel has no parking, and you must park about 1/2 mile or more away. If you have luggage, don't be afraid to drive all the way to the hotel, parting the crowds of tourists on the street as you go. There is a guard that stops all traffic about 1/4 mile from the hotel, but if you tell him you're staying at the hotel he will let you through. You'll have to return to the parking area after dropping off your luggage, but it will save you a long (and uphill) walk dragging your luggage through the crowds of people and over cobblestones for part of the way.

Room Tip: Any room facing the church/plaza (otherwise you face a rock wall.)
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

Yes, you're right there ! And given the crowds, having it all to ourselves, including the paths, in the evening was very special ! Service throughout was very nice, and the guys at the front desk spoke excellent English. The bells do give some sound effects, but it added to my imagination of living there ! The room was clean, functional and not without character. It also had a beautiful view. As an alternative for dinner, there is a cafeteria, which although it closes by 8, when there wasn't a lot left, we just bought some salads and sandwiches, and were happy with that in our room. Also earlier in the day, there was like a farmers market set up near the parking lot, selling local cheeses, meats, etc. Breakfast was very good, and included an exceptional assortment of the local meats. The flowers in our window box attracted hummingbirds which were about an inch long !

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank quackmar
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

How often can you have a magical tourist destination all to yourself? This Hotel Abat Cisneros is located on the grounds of this famous monestary and becomes magical at night when all the tourists have gone back down the mountain and you can roam the grounds in quiet and cool peace. The restaurant had a nice dinner menu that was, as expected, slightly more expensive, but was delicious with attentive service. While we anticipated a quiet nights sleep at a monestary, we were woken throughout the night by the ringing of the bells - only a few feet away! The morning saw an extra long ringing of the bells that we thought was a call to church services, until we realized it was 5 am!! Blurry-eyed, we still enjoy being able to say we stayed in this amazing location.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 9, 2012 via mobile

This 1970's building made of concrete and tiles is very noisy. Other than this it is of course a very convenient hotel right in the monestary.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights. The setting is incredible - hotel adjoining a monastery right up in Montserrat. Hotel basic but clean. The food in the restaurant was ridiculously overpriced and it is the only time in my life I have had to return a meal!! Quite funny in hindsight, and thankfully they provided bread and cheese after our complaint, although the look of indignation on the staff's faces was something to behold. My choice was Pasta Napoletana: 10euros for a small bowl of cold overcooked pasta with half a tin of cold tomatoes poured over it.My wife's meal was 13euros for some soggy bread dipped in tomato and a plate of "jabugo" ham which was about 99% fat. We did not pay for dinner!

The hotel has a total monopoly as it is the only place that serves dinner, and as such has no competition or need to be good, which was very evident in the service and food.

Overall it is worth visiting for the location, and to access the walking/climbing but I would suggest either bringing your own food, or driving out of Montserrat for dinner - we found a great cafe/bar on the way to Manresa which served an excellent meal.

Room Tip: ask for a room on the top floors, overlooking the main square. First floor rooms noisy due to people...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Christian L
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

We wanted to spend more than an afternoon in Montserrat, so reserved at the Hotel Abat Cisneros. The hotel lived up to my expectations. The room was clean and comfortable, and had a beautiful view of the Basilica and the mountain. The staff was efficient and professional. The dinner was what I expected - a good, but not memorable meal. The experience of waking up to the view of Montserrat with the fog burning off was amazing!

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view of the Basilica/Monastery
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 29, 2012

first of all, keep in mind that this is a hotel attached to a religious community, catering, i suppose, primarily to pilgrim-types. so. don't expect ANY frills.
there are twin beds in every room, so honeymooners (like us) be forwarned!
the town *completely* shuts down at 6pm. so if you want to eat or drink later than that, bring your own picnic or buy food and bottle of wine (which were cheap and delicious) ahead of time at the little market! we had a room facing the view, which was absolutely magnificent. however, once again, be forwarned, the bells ring *EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES ALL NIGHT LONG* so bring ear plugs. we had read the reviews and knew about this issue, so we brought some and it was fine. but it really is a must!
the hiking trails are super awesome and afford incredible views over the countryside. take advantage of it!
breakfast was fine. nothing impressive.
also, when we were there, the boys' choir was on holiday, which i was disappointed about, since it did not say that anywhere online. but, it gave us more time for hiking, which was what we had actually come to do anyway!
all in all, it's a totally fine place to stay. very clean, and does the job.

Room Tip: bring ear plugs no matter what!!
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Monestir de Montserrat, s/n, 08199 Montserrat, Spain
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Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Montserrat
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Montserrat
Price Range: $41 - $159 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Abat Cisneros 3*
Number of rooms: 82
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The building that now houses the Hotel Abat Cisneros has provided accommodation for pilgrims since its original construction in 1563. The conversion of this old monastery building into a hostel in the late 1950s effectively turned it into an establishment of outstanding interest. Later reforms modernised the facilities, ensuring that services provided to guests by the Hotel Abat Cisneros meet the highest standards as regards quality and comfort. ... more   less 
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