My son and I have just returned from a week-end in Pamplona enjoying not only the Bull Run but also the start of a week-long festival.
A new experience for us, the hotel made several suggestions that really made a difference and made all the arrangements before we had even arrived. They advised us on where to be positioned for the run itself; organised two really good seats to the bull fight in the evening (a sold out affair) and a balcony from which to watch the bull run on the next day - these are highly sought after and location is all important. Ours was great.
The hotels is also ideally located for the various processions that take place, one where the locals parade with huge giant size puppets and sing to the local saint of which an effigy is carried through the street with great pomp and ceremony. This culminated with various songs almost opposite the hotel which we could see from the hotel balconies.
The restaurant was excellent (we recommend the taster menu - despite ordering from a Spanish menu and not knowing what to expect, each course was delicious). The wines were good - follow their advice as they are knowledgeable and do not try to sell you the most expensive (they were all reasonably priced). Service was excellent too.
We were fortunate to be upgraded and had a lovely room. The standards throughout the hotel were outstanding.
As others have commented, the staff were great. Although English was not widely spoken, nothing was too much trouble and we managed to communicate. Taxis to the airport came within minutes. Although everyone is dressed in white and red looking somewhat alike, we were recognised by various memebers of staff and greeted as we came and went. We were made to feel very welcome.
The courtyard offered some tranquillity from the bustle and pandemonium outside and is well worth a visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in the 18th century by D. Sebastian de Eslava, Viceroy of New Granada, Palacio Guendulain is one of the most prominent buildings in Pamplona, located in the old part of town. Palacio Guendulain offers its guests a unique balance between the comfort of a modern luxury hotel and the history and charm of an emblematic 18th century building. ... more less
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