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Hotel Don Paco
Ranked #3 of 53 Hotels in Llanes
Certificate of Excellence
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
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“excellent value”
Reviewed September 28, 2012

Booked via Brittany Ferries - a very good way to get to Northern Spain, but this time a strike meant our return trip was cancelled and forced a drive to Calais from Santander - 850 miles! The hotel was really pleasant - in the centre of Llanes but quiet, lovely to look at and with a good room and immaculate bathroom at the rear of the hotel. Fixed price lunch or dinner (same menu) at first looked a little expensive at 25 euros, but was four courses and included a bottle of very acceptable wine and a bottle of water. Even better - if you weren't quite so hungry and dropped one of the first 3 courses, the price came down to 16! Compared to prices on our drive through France, this was remarkable value and the quality of food was very good. Friendly and helpful staff. Would certainly return.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

The hotel is in an excellent location and is a very interesting building with some history. If you dont like character then you may not like this hotel but it is as described on the booking sites. The room furnishing is traditional and fairly basic but the bathroom was surprisingly modern. Parking is a short walk up the road but it is easy enough to wheel cases down to the hotel. Only downside is that there is no air conditioning. However, we were not as uncomfortable in this hotel as we were in some which did have air conditioning. Our experience of hotels in northern Spain from this trip is that those that do have air con do not allow guests any control over it. The old thick walls of the Don Paco must help to keep the rooms a bit cooler naturally. The terrace is a lovely place to sit of an evening and free wi fi was a real plus for us. Llanes itself is an interesting stop over for a couple of nights. The town beach is very nice but small. The Toro beach is fantastic with its rock formations and only a short walk along the coast. It would be great for kids. We also went along to Ribadasella which has a fantastic beach so I expect all the beaches along this coast are of a high standard. There are some nice walks around the town and along the coast.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Glasgow
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Reviewed August 1, 2012

I had made a reservation directly with the Don Paco Hotel for a double room. When we arrived on the 21st of July after a 5 hour drive, we checked in and went to our room to discover it was a twin room. We went to the receptionist who appeared unfriendly and told us that there was a festival that weekend, that they were full and there was no alternative.

The bedroom looked a little drab but the bathroom was modern and everything was very clean.

We found the staff at reception unfriendly and unwelcoming.

Breakfasts were good.

Llanes is an ideal place to stop before getting the ferry at Santander.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

A beautiful building where they have luckily converted the bedrooms too!

We had a two bedroom modern suite on the top floor. Our daughter was delighted to have her own room . One of the rooms was slightly on the small side with low sloping ceiling on one side. The air conditioning wasn 't working however , I prefer to open the windows anyway.

The main bedroom had a lovely view of the Picos mountains. Good ensuite with good size shower but no bath.

The staff were generally helpful with one lady in particular being very helpful . This lady worked on reception but also in the restaurant! They appeared to be short staffed - this was the same at the next hotel we stayed at - a sign of the times?

We ate in the lanes in the tapas bars on the first night and then in the hotel the next couple of nights.

The food was good and the restaurant ( the converted chapel of the convent ) a stunning setting.

We enjoyed our stay - very relaxed - although we felt that so much more could be done with this amazing place.

The carpark was at the top of the road shared with another hotel . It was a bit of a treck with heavy bags and up stone steps to the hotel.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Kent
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

We needed a one night stay within easy driving distance of Santander, and decided that Llanes was the ideal location.

A quick search for local hotels resulted in lots of choice, and the swirling finger settled on the Don Paco, which on paper seemed reasonable.

We found it a bit difficult to find in the narrow streets, but once there we were pleasantly surprised. We had booked a double and single room, and our daughter was delighted to get a small double room to herself with a newly refurbished bathroom, our large double down the corridor was also spacious and comfortable, with one of the most comfortable beds we had during our entire holiday.

We ate out for dinner, the alleyway across the street opens into a small square with half a dozen restaurants all serving delicious food at less than half the hotel restaurant prices, but we chose the great value breakfast buffet in house the next morning.

The staff were helpful, and we wouldn't have any hesitation in recommending the hotel to others.

Our only complaint was the lack of air conditioning of any sort in our room. We gathered that they are in the process of installing it, some rooms have functioning a/c, some have the machinery installed but not yet working, and others have nothing at all. Our room was one of the latter, and as it was on the front of the hotel, we found the street noise which went on until 2am a bit irritating, as the only cool air available to us came from the open window.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

Great location, just next to the very centre of Llanes. Our room was spacious, comfortable and quiet. The staff were very friendly and helpful and breakfast was beautiful. There was a wide choice of either sweet or savoury, both in buffet-style. The breakfast room is spectacular, as it's set on the old church of the monastery (the hotel is a converted old monastery). The only "but" is that the cleaning staff use a lot of spray when cleaning the room and if you are asthmatic, like my partner, it's not a very pleasant experience. However, it's an amazing hotel and I will definitely go back when I return to Llanes.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

If you're looking for a good value and quality place to stay in Llanes, then this hotel is ideal. It has well presented, recently refurbished, exceptionally clean rooms in an impressive historic building. The staff were polite, helpful and efficient and spoke good English. In my 5 days in Llanes, I didn't spot anywhere else I'd rather stay! The car parking is also easy, with plenty of spaces, and is less than a minute walk from the hotel entrance.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Don Paco
Address: Calle Colegio de la Encarnacion n0 1, 33500, Llanes, Spain
Location: Spain > Asturias > Llanes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 53 Hotels in Llanes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Don Paco 3*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surrounded by Posada Herrera gardens, in the very centre of the town of Llanes, very few metres away from Sablon beach, from the maritime San Pedro walk and from the historic-artistic set of the Basilica and the Walls of the old town, the hotel is installed with all the comfort ofmodern hotel in a beautiful Baroque convent of the XVII th century.49 exterior rooms with full bathroom, telephone, lounge with a chimmey, gardened terrace, restaurant of specialities in the old chapel, closed and surveilled parking, municipal golf course. ... more   less 
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