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“Quiet Retreat Off the Beaten Path”
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Hotel El Rodat
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Javea
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“Quiet Retreat Off the Beaten Path”
Reviewed October 15, 2011

Serendipity brought our party to El Rodat. We decided not to fly from Malaga to Barcelona and, instead, drive along the Costa Blanca and explore the Costa Brava. Travelling with several guide books, our friends found El Rodat, and we marked it as a possibility depending on how far we traveled.

When we decided that El Rodat would be convenient and a good choice, we did not have an easy time finding it. Finally, driving in both directions, we saw the sign!

Yes, the steps would definitely be a problem, especially for older guests. When we were showed to our unit, the hotel staff member agreed right away that it was not a possibility for the two gentlement with knee problems. She graciously relocated us to parking level, and all was well. Our room was lovely and beautifully appointed, with a lovely terrace.

Because we traveled all day, we reserved dinner at the hotel. Can you believe we were the only guests - at least at the time we dined. We had our own private dining room! The food and wine were very nice, as was breakfast in the morning.

We did not avail ourselves of any of the extras, such as the tennis courts or spa, since we had traveled so far and were just looking for a lovely place to stay overnight.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 22, 2011

Holding a business seminar in this place is quite nice. Rooms are large and nice, bathrooms are huge (2 sinks, lots of space, plumbing may need a little refresh) and it is so calm. Close to the city beaches. On site food is good, breakfast on the terrace a real pleasure. There are anyway plenty of other places around (need to drive).

As noted by other travelers, this location, due to its landscape on a hill, may not be adequate for people having special access requirements: there are quite some stairs to get from rooms to the reception, restaurant or meeting rooms.

Hotel Internet access, provided by Telefonica, is unfortunately a real pain. And it was already bad when I stayed there one year ago.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 29, 2011

My husband and I and teenage daughter just spent 10 glorious relaxing days at El Rodat. It was one of the most restful holidays we ever had.
The rooms were lovely, with a terrace each, well equipped and comfortable and spacious. We were in a junior suite which was later upgraded to a grande suite, even more luxurious !
The hotel is quite small and has an intimate feel. We got to know the staff quite well, all were warm friendly and helpful.
The food was fantastic, breakfast was a sizable buffet, lunch was a range of hot and cold dishes including tapas and paellas, both in the terrace restaurant upstairs with beautiful views of the hills.
Dinner was downstairs in the El Rodat restaurant and was truly spectacular, and fantastic value as the set 5 course menu was only €43 a head. The wine was very reasonably priced too and the service friendly and efficient.
The highlight for me was the range of gluten free bread and pastries available, which is rare in my experience.
The spa is also worth a visit, even if you dont have any treatments as they have a range of thermal pools and Turkish baths/sauna.
The swimming pool is tiny but surrounded by trees and shrubs giving shade. It is very quiet and there is absolutely no need to reserve sun loungers!
Unfortunately there is no gym. What they call "Fitness" is the thermal pool- however there are tennis courts if you can cope with the heat.
We wanted a rest in a quiet place and that is exactly what we got - people looking for nightlife should go elsewhere.

  • Stayed July 2011
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Altea, Spain
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Reviewed December 6, 2010

My partner and I booked two 1h30m massages last weekend as we were both due to some well deserved relaxation. When she booked the massages, she asked via phone if the Spa use was included (which usually when booking a massage is the case) and this got confirmed. So on the day, after the massage we used to spa for a little while, but it is really nothing special. Small sauna which was not up to heat, tiny pool, jacuzzi area, etc. After 20mins we called it a day, showered and made our way to the reception to pay. Turns out that for some reason there was a miss-understanding regarding the usage of the spa, and we now got charged 30 EUROS per person to use the spa!! Even in the events where sometimes the spa is not included with your massage, you typically get charged 5-10 EUR per person, and you get to use a decent spa. 30 EUROS per person for this standard of spa was a disgrace. It pretty much straight away undid the relaxation the massage provided. 1 star and not a recommendation as far as the Spa goes!

Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 3, 2010

Stayed in a Grand Suite for our wedding night. Was more like an apartment. Very luxurious, with entrance hall, lounge area, bedroom, large bathroom and spacious terrace with sun loungers and table and chairs. Located in one of the most beautiful areas of Spain.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed October 15, 2009

I´ve been in lots of hotels before, but this one really surprised me. First of all, the hotel is not just a building, it seems like a small village all surrounded by pretty nice gardens that gives the complex a lovely peaceful athmosphere. The SPA was really good (the 4 hand massage is absolutely recommendable) also you should try the gastronomic restaurant. The surroundings were nice as well, there are lots of hidden beaches (ask in the hotel, the staff is truely friendly) were you can have a tasty paela (or whatever you like, but I love the mediterranean cooking).
I recommend this hotel to anybody that wants to relax and enjoy spanish climate (and of course the cooking!!!).

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 17, 2009

I have just returned from a 4 night stay at the El Rodat hotel and felt compelled to share my experience with anyone thinking of booking this hotel. Having stayed at a number of the leading small hotels of the world group how this hotel meets the grades beggers belief. The hotel is set out in the form of a village with the hotel rooms on a steep hillside with a long flight of steps down to the rooms. The standard rooms are set at the bottom of the flight of steps; please bare in mind that you will have to carry your own suitcases down to your room and then back up when you leave as the hotel has no porter! The outside patio entrance to the room greets you with iron railings reminisent of a prison cell not a luxury hotel. Once inside the room first appearances can be deceptive as the bedding and decor are pleasant however the rooms get very little day light and due to the location the rooms do not receive very good ventilation. The beds and linen felt very damp which is not conducive to a good nights sleep! When we asked if we could change to a room further up the hillside we were told that would only be possible if we payed another 50 Euros a night.

Service in the hotel was very limited with the worst experience being on our final morning at the hotel when we were greeted at breakfast by a waitress who seemed to view all hotels guests as a major inconvience and spent her time tutting at guests when they asked for hot drinks or food not what i expect when you are paying to stay at a supposed four star hotel - i have to say this is the worst 4* i have ever stayed in and we will not be returning and would not recomend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
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Property: Hotel El Rodat
Address: Calle Murciana 9 | Ctra al Cabo de la Nao s/n, 03730 Javea, Spain
Location: Spain > Valencian Country > Province of Alicante > Costa Blanca > Javea
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Javea
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel El Rodat 4*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
El Rodat is a team of people working for people looking for a place where they enjoy a different way, in contact with the environment. It has evolved over the years looking for the best way to welcome all those who have enjoyed walking through its gardens, its cuisine, its services, its human treatment, its relaxation therapies and so many things that have here Happened. Because for us all the people who have passed by our hotel are the ones who have helped us write the history of this oasis in the middle of the Costa Blanca. Now we are waiting for you to continue writing our story. This is your house. This is your oasis. ... more   less 
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