It's hard to write this review without taking the surroundings into account. This hotel is located at the top of Montserrat within the monastery complex. It's a very unique experience. Easily one of the most unique I've ever had in a hotel.
If you're staying here, you need to request one of the forward facing rooms overlooking the monastery. If you don't get one of these rooms I understand how folks could be disappointing. However, assuming you do get one of these rooms- wow! You're in for one of the most amazing views ever and definitely an extremely romantic setting.
The hotel itself is average-ish. The rooms are actually quite nice and the service is good. However, the TV is tiny and worst of all, the toilet sometimes gets a heavy sewage smell when you flush it. Also, the church bells do ring multiple times per hour although they seem to stop during evening hours. We didn't find it loud at all, but for extremely light sleepers this could be an issue.
There is parking at top of the mountain (our GPS lead us to a dead end at the foot of the mountain but a roadway up does exist). You have to park with all of the other cars at the top, but you can park your car in front of the hotel for a few minutes and drop off your luggage first (the parking lot isn't a huge walk though: 5-10mins max). Also, as other reviewers have pointed out, the restaurant in the hotel is overpriced and doesn't have great food. WIth that being said, the cafeteria below (which closes at 6pm) has amazing food at amazing prices.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Abat Cisneros Hotel