We chose this small hotel as a base for hiking tours in the Ribera Sacra area. We did not do any directly from the hotel but within a reasonable driving distance (such as the PRG-86 Viñedos de la Ribeira Sacra, PRG-98 Monasterio Santa Cristina or PRG-4 Camiño Real de San Pedro de Rocas trails, none more than an hour away by car). There were two double beds in each room. The view from our window was over another old building opposite the narrow street. You can also pay a little more for the room “Sabela”, which has a nice view over the river Sil.
We liked the fact that the house was in a small quiet village, surrounded by a bucolic landscape, and that it was decorated with good taste. Plus, the manager (Marcos) knows the attractions of the area well and can give you advice. There also is a common area with tables and couches where you can read a book or play a board game.
Some things to take into account, however:
The outer walls of the building are made of stone and very thick, while the inner walls must be of recent construction, are thin and let you easily hear your neighbors in their rooms or people in the hallway. You can also hear noise which comes from below your room, as guest rooms are on the first floor and separated from the rooms below just by some wooden boards. We could even look into the room below us through some gaps between the wooden boards.
Besides, once I saw a mouse coming in from the open window and disappearing in a hole where the wooden floor meets the stone wall. As it did not come back I suppose it found its way to the room below…
As for food, you can also order in advance breakfast, dinner or lunch, which are not included in the price. We had dinner and breakfast. Dinner was 16 Euros per adult and 9 Euros per child. Breakfast was 6 Euros (I do not remember if there was a discount for children). The stockfish and vieiras were good and worth their price. The veal with potatoes was ok, however with a worse price-quality relationship. Breakfast consisted of coffee, milk or tea, toast bread, butter, marmalade, dry cake, processed cheese and bologna sausage. Eggs were also served if you asked for them. Breakfast is not served before 9 a.m., to take into account if you plan hiking the entire day and want to start early. The restaurant service is done by the people who also serve the bar next to it, so orders can sometimes take a little to arrive.
The rooms were clean enough but with some visible dust below the beds and in some corners; in general no problem if your children do not play hiding below the beds, as ours like to do…
Mattresses were new and comfortable.
Employees speak Spanish or Galician; little English is understood.
There is no designated parking space if you come by car; just park in the street.
To put it in a nutshell, the Casa Grande de Cristosende is a nice place to stay if you do not mind the drawbacks mentioned. The price-quality relationship of the meals could be better, especially if you are a larger group with children. The prices for the rooms are similar to other country hotels in the area, surprisingly not much different from Spanish town hotels.
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