Decided to stay here for a change on our trip down to Southern Spain.(We normally stay about 10/15 minutes further south)
Our room was in the 2 storey block (Crossroads Motel style) at the back. The room had obviously just been cleaned as there was an overpowering smell of bleach and the floor was still wet when we arrived. The room was stuck in a 60/70's time warp - with very dark rustic furniture, painted feature brick wall and old CRT TV (which didn't work, but as we were only there for one night didn't matter). The bathroom area had an odd wooden framed and frosted glass partition !!.
Outside the restaurant there was an a la carte menu upon a lectern, which we browsed at length only to be told that the restaurant was closed on a Tuesday!.So we ate in the cafe bar from their Tapas/raciones menu. I'm sure I was overcharged for the beer - I questioned the barman but he fobbed me off saying it was a different size glass - but because of my limited spanish I wasn't confident enough to argue - we do have sufficient experience in Spain to know we were overcharged !.
The bed was very comfortable and we had a good night's sleep. The continental breakfast rivalled any such breakfast we've had anywhere - it was excellent.
If your budget is tight then this could be for you, but for not much more there's much better to be had just a little further on. No need to book in advance as there's no shortage of places to stay
As others have observed, it needs a lot of money throwing at it. Maybe the photos in the brochure are from it's heyday. We won't be staying here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- HOTEL EL HIDALGO enjoys a privileged location with direct access from the motorway Andalucia, Km. 194. The peculiar construction design 'was the first Motel in Spain has been respected in the total renovation made to its facilities, while maintaining the unique character of the establishment. Located 4 Km. From Valdepenas Hotel El Hidalgo is obligatory stop to enjoy its attractive facilities, inviting you to taste the best Manchego cuisine and innovative dishes, to relax in its beautiful swimming pool surrounded by a splendid garden and spend the night in spacious rooms, all ground floor and private covered parking. The Hotel also own parking space for buses and large cars and special vehicles and closed garage available and pets are allowed in the rooms. Valdepenas, City of Wine and Friendship, is ideally located in the geographical center of the Route of Don Quixote. . Within a radius of 35 km you can visit historical sites: Almagro Santa Cruz de Mudela, Tomelloso, Villanueva de los Infantes and the unique nature of the Tablas de Daimiel and Lagunas de Ruidera and the historic Iberian settlement of Cerro of the Heads. All this attractive offer, accompanied by excellent service and careful attention to customers, makes the HOTEL EL HIDALGO ideal for short-stay travelers who want to know the Ruta del Quijote and the Champs de Montiel place. ... more less
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