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“The Host makes it”
Review of La Fonda Barranco

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La Fonda Barranco
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

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.

Room Tip: We chose a room away from the front & it was very quiet.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 20, 2013

On arrival the owner David informed me that he had put me in a double room instead of the single room that I had ordered - thanks! The room was nice and big, but unfortunately the air condition was broke so there was only a fan but no cooling. One day I only had lukewarm water for my shower. The biggest criticism was the noise from the street. my room was on first floor and there is traffic now and then outside. Also drunken people passing in the middle of the night. The windows are thin, old fashioned and in poor condition, so I woke up now and then even though I slept with earplugs. David also gave me a map where he marked the restaurants that he recommended and took me out to show me around in the city. The hotel is only five minutes walk from the center. There is a lovely sunny roof terrace with a part in the shade if You had enough.
Breaskfast is served here and it is nice. Despite the noisy room and disturbed sleep, it is overshadowed by the owner, David, who is the biggest asset in the hotel, always available for answering questions and giving recommendations. David, fix the windows and You have a winner...

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

We had 6 perfect nights in the top 'apartment' of a beautifully restored traditional courtyard house. The small hotel is perfectly positioned in a quiet part of the old town about 5 minutes walk from the centre. Despite the heat, the rooms were airy and comfortable and breakfast, served on the rooftop terrace, gave a perfect start to the day. David the owner, could not have been more helpful, providing a wealth of reliable information including the best bodegas, tapas bars and restaurants. We have never experienced a more helpful host, taxis were arranged, misplaced sunglasses rescued and all the history and gossip needed to get the most out of our stay. A memorable experience - we highly recommend it.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

This was my third stay in La Fonda, booked this time with the benefit of looking around other TripAdvisor favourites the week before we were due to stay. It is the perfect small hotel providing exceptional service by David, from advice on nearby beaches, newly opened bars, car hire, the plotted history/architecture of Jerez and the hotel. Really couldn't ask for more; we left feeling as if we'd been invited as guests in his house. Also incredibly grateful to David for letting us leave our bags etc in our room while we had a night in Sanlucar. Absolutely no doubt we'll be back.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

We spent 3 nights with David at La Fonda. It was so memorable as he was a charming, wonderful host and guide. The place has a magical Morrocan feel to it with good, clean accommodation and easy parking. I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Jerez as David will make sure that you get the best out of the area. We hope to return another day.

Room Tip: There is no pool or Fitness centre which is great
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

So sorry to take so long in writing this review, but life is too busy!! i need to return to la Fonda to chill out once again.....It was fantastic, everything about it, the location, David, the rooms, i could gush on but go and see for yourselves. It definately had a Morrocan riad feel to it, i went with my husband & friends to see the feria in May & would most certainly return. Very much a place where someone travelling alone would feel totally comfortable, wish i was there now.......!!!!!

JILL & JOHN (SUSSEX)

Room Tip: They are all lovely rooms
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

We took over this hotel for one night last July 2012 and we had a great time. David, the owner could not have been more helpful. We had our very own tour guide for Jerez.
On his recommendation, we spent the afternoon chilling out in the Hammam Andalusia and that night he booked us a great restaurant, La Fonda Barranco where we had a fantastic meal.
After a good nights sleep in the beautiful rooms that he has carefully put together, David prepared a typical Spanish breakfast with fresh bread, cereals, fruit, meat and cheeses.
We then had a special trip to Bodegas Tradicion which had a unique twist at the end.
We will definitely be returning at some stage to Jerez and I look forward to enjoying David's hospitality again.

Room Tip: All rooms are excellent. We took five rooms as we had five adults and three teenagers and all room...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about La Fonda Barranco

Address: Calle Barranco 12, 11403 Jerez De La Frontera, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Costa de la Luz > Jerez De La Frontera
Amenities:
Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Jerez De La Frontera
Price Range: $58 - $120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — La Fonda Barranco 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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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