My husband has family in Baiona and we know the town very well, it is by far one of the most beautiful upmarket unspoilt towns in spain with some amazing restaurants. Not surprising, as it is famed for its excellent seafood!
As a special wedding anniversary treat, my husband booked us in to the Parador for 10 days. It is in the most incredible setting with far reaching sea views and well kept attractively landscaped grounds. It is also quiet, and relaxing, with impressive communal areas. All in all, a very classy hotel.
As for the food, we stayed on a half board basis and were extremely pleased with the standard. We both know Spanish cuisine (my mother in law is Spanish!) and are, therefore, well placed to comment! The breakfast buffet was extensive with a great selection of fresh fruits, cold meats, breads and croissants and cooked breakfast. The lunch buffet was even better, with a fab array of shellfish, cavier, salad, hot food and cold meats. In the evening, we had a choice of eating in the main restaurant (a la carte) or in the more informal tapas style restaurant in the Parador's grounds. Both were a good standard, but we prefered the latter, as the menu was a little more varied and it has the best sea views. We honestly couldn't fault the food, but the service was a different matter!
The Parador, in both restaurants and in the bar, seemed under staffed and as a result the staff are very very slow in serving. On average we waited 20 minutes for a drink and there was one waiter serving around 25 people. In addition, the reception staff were quite unattentive. I do not think the staff are unfriendly, as other reviewers have suggested, just very apathetic!
The bedroom was very clean and the bathroom very spacious and luxurious although, for the money, the bedroom was basic and could do with some updating.
Overall, we had a very pleasant stay in lovely surroundings but generally the service throughout the hotel was diabolical. So if you are looking for a reasonable standard service, do not stay at this hotel!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Within the walled enclosure of Monte Real protected by the sea and flanked by a pine wood, this Parador rises up in a priviledge location. Regal drawing rooms with decorative features from other ages form a distinguished interior in which the spectacular stone staircase of the entrance hall stands out. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Parador De Baiona Hotel Baiona