First of all you have to get your expectations right. This is effectively a 'pension' / B&B. Facilities are limited, there's no restaurant and it's small. Your first view from the street isn't great - a small terrace fronting onto the street. And a lot of the time there are no staff available.
If you can cope with all of that, it's brilliant. Clean, cool, simply decorated, it looks good. Facilities are basic as I said, but excellent. Comfortable bed, excellent bathroom, nice courtyard. Breakfast is simple but good - muesli, fruit, toast and tea / coffee.
So why 5 stars? One word - David. Your host is simply brilliant. What he doesn't know about Jerez & Cadiz isn't worth knowing. What he does know most certainly is.
An example. We went to Cadiz by train. Jerez station is really pretty and Marg said so when we got back - 'the tiling is beautiful!'. And David responded - 'ah yes, it (the station) was designed by Gustav Eiffel'. ... !!! Every morning he had new information about what was going on & was worth going to see. Effectively a free, expert tour guide. And all done with wit, charm & humour. I hope he's suitably embarassed when he reads this!
If you're going to Jerez and you want to understand the region, this is the place to stay. Turn that dial up to 11.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Fonda Barranco is a Typical old merchant's house in the heart of Historic Jerez. Built on an ancient site in the oldest part of the Islamic city. The house mostly dates from 1865, but parts of it predate by several centuries. Each room is subtly different and opens on to the central marble floored and plant filled atrium. Although mantaining all the characteristic features of the original building, all rooms have moderns amenities such as air conditioning and wifi internet access. We also have a room adapted for clients with special needs. Breakfast is served on our roof terrace with the magnificent view of the Cathedral. With only 8 rooms and 2 studios La Fonda mantains the ambience of a private home. For this reason it's particularly suitable for group booking, having the feel of an exclusive house party. We have a non smoking policy through out La Fonda, however smoking is permitted in the upper open air terrace area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Fonda Barranco Hotel