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Parador Arcos de la Frontera
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Gorgeous”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

I've been meaning to write a review on this parador. We stayed there around 21st March and thoroughly enjoyed this hotel. We had two rooms for our stay - one room where we paid extra for a balcony and view and one room overlooking the carpark. The carpark room did also have views of the church top and so was far better than simply a carpark view. The view from the room with the balcony was simply divine. We loved this hotel because it's slightly older interior gave it character. Sure, the shutter handles were a bit 'wobbly' and the shutters themselves were made before 2013 but this was a drawcard for us, not a detriment. The bed was very good and the linen spotless. The walls were immaculate. The room was very very clean. The loo in the room with the balcony had the greatest view in the world. It became very windy outside but we were very snug in our rooms. The staff were friendly and efficient and eating at the restaurant was also a very comfortable and pleasant experience. Breakfast was expensive for the whole breakfast as it wasn't included for us, but it was possible to order a part breakfast and pay accordingly. Put it this way, the following night we stayed at the parador Ronda which is a fine and luxurious hotel but my preference is definitely for the parador Arcos. The drive up to the carpark outside the hotel is steep and somewhat narrow but no real issue for a small to medium car. At times it is wide enough for only one vehicle but if either vehicle pulls to the side and waits there is no real drama. I was a bit scared off by the advice given on parking at the bottom and catching a cab up to hotels nearby the parador but it is quite easy to drive to the carpark beside the parador. There are a couple of other hotels near the parador that are cheaper and in the end I didn't choose them because of the driving aspect whereas in reality if you parked beside the parador, the walk to these other hotels is very quick and easy. The cost of the parking is also very reasonable. Having said that I have no regrets about choosing the parador instead of the other two nearby and on a repeat journey would choose the parador. Out of four hotels in Andalucía, it was my favourite.

Room Tip: The rooms with a balcony are worth the extra dollars if you can spare them.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

The staff are impeccable and the whole parador immaculately clean. The rooms are large, old style hotel rooms - comfortable. The views from the patio and bar are amazing! The driving up is tricky but not horrendous but if you can choose to park at the bottom of the hill and walk up or get a taxi for 4 minutes.
The only snag is the breakfast which is pricey and good but not amazing. Unlike other reviewers this reviewer loved the scrambled eggs. Still, would have liked to see a muesli on offer rather than mini packets of Kellogg's cereals. It was 16 euro per person after all.
In the end what matters the most is that I'd stay there again. An alternative for views if this parador is fully booked is the nearby hotel el convento (you can't park near it though but by the parador or down the hill will do, remember you don't need a car while staying at Arcos)

  • Stayed April 2013
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Rolling Hills Estates
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

I did like this parador but there were a few too many drawbacks. The weather was pretty awful and that didn't help. The bed was incredibly hard - I like a firm mattress, but this was too much. The bathroom door was impossible to open quietly, and I haven't seen a hair dryer that dated for about 30 years. I loved the staff - they had this quiet determination to teach us Spanish. But the breakfasts weren't great compared to other paradors. On our 2nd morning they didn't put out any warm dishes as I guess there weren't enough if us to merit them, so the cooked eggs were being pushed, and I had the worst scrambled eggs ever. Honestly, if no-one can cook them, why offer them? Everyone was leaving them barely touched. Getting to the parador can be a problem, especially if you've got an impatient local behind you, and I don't understand why the GPS goes psycho but that's not the parador's fault. But it's a bit shabby and overpriced and doesn't offer much joy on a rainy day.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Northumberland UK
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

Lovely old building, paid the extra for a room with a balcony and a country side view.
Quite a lot of traffic noise from the road below + a very active cockerel who seemed to think it was dawn from 6am till after dark coupled with a large dog somewhere who I can only presume was telling the cock to give it a break.
Seriously though the room was good with a huge bathroom, old fashioned but nothing wrong with that.
Breakfast was a bit of a disappointment after Ronda parador, a lot less choice but still pretty good.
There is a lounge with a huge picture window with stunning views, enjoyed a glass or two of wine and afternoon snacks here. Really good with polite friendly service.
If the parking and negotiating narrow streets are not your thing park in the public underground car park, off the roundabout at the bottom of the hill before you climb to the old town. Paseo Andalucia, two minute taxi ride to hotel.
Hotel will give you a discount voucher.
Plus only try to enter Arcos from the Jerez direction, easy driving without hair raising narrow back streets.

Room Tip: Pay a little more for the superior room with a balcony .
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Devon
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

We liked this Parador. It is a bit shabby in some parts compared to other Paradors we've stayed at, but it has a certain grandeur nonetheless, or perhaps because of this.

We didn't pay the extra to get the view and had the square which is lovely in its own way. (We'd filled up with similar views in Carmona and Ronda).

The previous comments about access and parking made us apprehensive but I really don't think its a problem. The hotel is, contrary to what others say, is very easy to find (just keep going up), and the narrow arches that seem to bother others are also very easy to get through (we had a hired BMW 116 and it went through very easily, and also navigated the tight corners, and we saw much bigger vehicles do it). As for parking in the square, the hotel are very helpful if someone needs to move to let you in or out, and we really can't see why it seems such a big deal: it's all part of the charm of the place.

While the cost of the breakfast (18 euro adults, about half that children) is toppy as others comment (for this and other paradors), it's very good quality with excellent bread, cured meats, cheese and lovely fresh juices and a careful grazing will set you up nicely until it's time for lunch Spanish time.

Room Tip: you need one of the more expensive cliff side rooms to get the view
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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LONDON
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

We arrived through the very narrow archway into the square, luckily we had a hire car and managed to get through. We parked in the square and decided once parked we would leave it there. The room we had was with a balcony, which is worth the additional cost as the views are splendid and the birds of prey nest below. Our room was clean and acceptable. We ate in the Parador as there did not seem any restaurant within walking distance. The food was good. We had an enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

The Spanish Paradores chain are a great idea: historically important buildings turned into luxury tourist accommodation. The Parador in Arcos de la Frontera is perched high on a cliff and offers breath-taking views of the countryside. If you will spend any length of time in the room, the extra € 25 for a room with balcony is well worth it. HOWEVER, for this level of (low-season) nightly rates (€155), guests should be entitled to (i) decent furniture (all furniture is low quality, old and in poor shape), (ii) some kind of valet parking assistance (the small square with its pay-parking is a nightmare) and (iii) help with the luggage (we were not offered any!) The buffet breakfast was excellent but we passed on dinner, guided by previous TripAdvisor community comments.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Parador Arcos de la Frontera
Address: Plaza del Cabildo s/n, 11630 Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Costa de la Luz > Arcos de la Frontera
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Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Arcos de la Frontera
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Hotel Class:3 star — Parador Arcos de la Frontera 3*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The cultural crossbreeding of the Casa del Corregidor displays an andalusian character, with latticework and a courtyard. Many of the rooms overlook a splendid landscape filled with art, nature and history. The flowery tiling enlivers the wood of the furniture and the ochre of the terraces. ... more   less 
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