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Parador Arcos de la Frontera
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Ashford, United Kingdom
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163 reviews
45 hotel reviews
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“Splash out on a room with a terrace - it's worth it”
Reviewed February 16, 2010

I stayed here for two nights and I upgraded upon arrival to a room with a terrace for an extra 31 Euros a night. So glad I did as the views were stunning and the breezes meant that despite the intense heat of the town I could keep cool on my terrace and read in peace. I could also watch the birds float on the thermal air drafts as the hotel is on the cliff edge.

I managed to drive up to the old square & park outside even though I had a Mercedes A Class rental car (but the electrically retractable wing mirrors came into their own for the last gateway). Parking is free with a permit from the Parador.

The courtyard has a Moorish feel but as smoking is allowed in there I didn't linger. There is a restaurant around the corner (right out of the hotel & second right) with a similar courtyard. It serves the best gazpacho I've ever had.

There's not that much to see in Arcos - just go there to relax, wander the old whitewashed town, potter in the churches and enjoy the peace.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled solo
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Chicago, IL
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Reviewed December 14, 2009

Had a two-night stay at the Arcos Parador in mid-November. Like other reviewers, we had a large room with a terrace overlooking the valley. We normally don’t spend much time in the room but we really enjoyed the view – including the wind farm in the distance. I’ll second many other comments: physically, the property is charming with lovely and inviting public rooms; parking is a problem but the staff does what they can to assist; food is fine but service is spotty at best; breakfast, though expensive, was the best of the several hotels we stayed in in Andalucía (made to order eggs); the promised WiFi (I carried a laptop) did not deliver in the room, so I virtually had to sit in the receptionist’s lap to use it. There are plenty of restaurants nearby, from small neighborhood places to upscale and expensive.

Don’t get hung up on finding your way. Yes the streets near the Parador are narrow, but any small European car will make it. It’s no worse than the historical areas of any Spanish city. Because of the narrowness, there is only one way in or out so it’s hard to get lost. And there are signs to the Parador starting at the entrance to the town so it’s easy to find your way. All you need to know is to keep driving upward; the Parador is at the highest point (but if you miss it, you’ll have to go all the way around again).

For a great overview of the town, take the municipal minibus; there’s a bus stop steps away from the plaza of the Parador. It takes about half hour for the round trip. Then find a nice walking tour guide; the historic area is lovely and what’s lurking behind the walls is not obvious. Finally, if you take the right route, the view back to the hill and the Parador from the plain below is spectacular.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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Reviewed August 19, 2009

Since Arcos is extremely small, and can really be seen in a few hours, I decided to rest a couple of days at the Parador. Arriving by bus (the station is at the bottom of the hill) I walked up with a backpack, and it was only about 20 minutes, at a leisurely pace. However, folks are right, you do not want to drive this.
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You can believe all the great reviews. However, room selection is important. On one side you have very spacious rooms, with huge balconies, overlooking the cliff. The view is spectacular. On the other side, you overlook the square, which is really a parking lot, and quite noisy. Those rooms are significantly smaller - and cheaper.

I splurged on a large room, and loved it.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled solo
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Ireland
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85 reviews
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Reviewed July 24, 2009

This is a lovely parador. We had a fine room with terrace, and stunning views over the Andalusian plain. Service was very efficient and friendly - we certainly did not come across untrained local staff as suggested in other reviews. Encarna in Reception was especially helpful. Access was not problematic, although we had SatNav which took all the hard work out of navigating through Spain (as opposed to last year when, without SatNav, we struggled a lot in Ronda and Cordoba). True, the streets are narrow - but they are a lot narrower in Cordoba. We had a VW Golf and would not recommend anything much larger. When you get to the parador, don't despair if there is no parking immediately adjacent, as the very helpful staff will park for you if necessary. The only negative we had was the "tasting menu" in the parador restaurant - it was very uninspiring. Breakfast, on the other hand, was excellent. We stayed two nights here and took a Tripadvisor recommendation for the second night, Los Murales. MOST disappointing. Another tapas bar, Elcaravan, looked a lot more pormising. We had a drink there but did not eat. The town is lovely - DO visit San Pedro church which is full of interest.

Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Paris, France
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Reviewed May 19, 2009

The hotel is located in the center of a very nice white village very well located at the cneter of all attraction of the region (ideal for daily trips). Great walks just around inthe tiny streets.
Hotel is very nice with amazing terrase and view on top of a 100m cliff. Diner was good as well as friendly services and advise - We could fit easly 5 of us with 3 young kinds within a single room (ask a the biggest one)
Parking in front but difficult access

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
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New Zealand
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209 reviews
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Reviewed October 8, 2008

We stayed here to experience a parador and a white village on the way to Gibraltar. Our rental car was deliberately small, A 4 door 1400 cc. We had no trouble with the narrow roads and no trouble finding the parador by following the parador signs from the edge of town. It would be difficult in a larger car.
The reception was friendly and helpful. The hotel is a beautiful buidling built around a central couryard on the egde of a cliff. There are only two floors of rooms. Ours had a balcony over the cliff edge. The views were amazing. The room was large with a large bathroom that also had the amazing views. The furnishings were very comfortable and included local antiques and art work.
We had dinner in the central courtyard, which can be protected from the weather. The food was very good but the service was poor, It seemed to be local women with no training . The breakfast buffet was substantial with a wide variety of hot anf cold dishes and lovely pastry but expensive at 14E. Again the service was poor.
There was an internet booth with a computer at 1E for 10 mins, and a comfy lounge bar area where you can sit and relax during the day.
It was a lovely place to stay for a night. You only need a couple of hours to explore the village.

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with family
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Littleton, Colorado
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30 reviews
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Reviewed May 31, 2008

Friends of ours recommended that we stay in Paradors while in Spain (government owned hotels in historic locations) and we were quite happy with this Parador. We also saw the one at Ronda (from the outside) and it also looked appealing.

This location is a former magistrate's home. The rooms are huge (2 double beds pushed together, a desk, full closet, chair, ottoman, table, desk, 3 juliet balconies, small foyer and two built-in places to set suitcases for easy access.) and the bathrooms are also quite large (maybe 10x14 ft?). Our room had a refrigerator. There is a fee for breakfast of 14-Euros and internet has a fee of 6-Euros per 24-hours. The breakfast was good in a lovely setting, but a bit expensive for us since we're not normally breakfast people. The hotel is set in a plaza along with the Office of Tourism, a church and an old castle. At the end of the plaza, there is a terrace that overlooks the cliffs and the countryside. Truly beautiful. The Parador is walking distance to most of the city. We were very happy here. Oh - and there are several outdoor terraces with seating for reading, chatting or coffee, also overlooking the view.

  • Liked — Historic location, great setting
  • Disliked — Nothing comes to mind really, the wi-fi is spotty, but we're in a room at the end of the hall
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
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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
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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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