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“A nice hotel for birders” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Toruno
Ranked #3 of 10 El Rocio B&B and Inns
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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1,066 reviews
152 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 491 helpful votes
“A nice hotel for birders”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

This small town hosts a pilgrimage each spring that overwhelms the region so be sure to avoid it during that time. At all other times you may enjoy a town without paved streets, sand instead, and with horse hitching posts lining the streets, a birding paradise with views of a marsh and other nearby attractions. Dining at the hotel is at an adjacent restaurant. The rooms are competent but the room doors do not exclude the noise of suitcases rolling down the hall.. There is wi-fi available in the reception area.

Room Tip: The end of the hall might be quietest as the traffic would be less frequent.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank mjrg59
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Farnham, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012

I've stayed before. The hotel backs onto the El Rocio marshes - although they were dry during my visit. Room was pleasant and functional - and opened out onto the marshes. A cold breakfast awaits in the building across the road, and that is a popular dinner location with everyone.

Room Tip: Ask for a room overlooking the marshes
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Keith B
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Sandnes, Norway
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23 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2012

We visited Hotel Toruno with a big group of my colleagues (25 pax) on our study trip to Andalucia, and chose Hotel Toruno due to its great location, just on the border between the town of El Rocio and the wetlands of Donana. It is perfect for birdwatchers. The restaurant has the most magnificent view overlooking the lake, and you can watch birds as you have your meal. However, we found the food a bit boring.

However, since we were a big group, we paid our stay in advance. The day before our arrival, the female receptionist, requested to have all our passports for some reason. We said we would bring them on for our arrival, but she insisted she needed them before. We were in Seville, and could not skip our program just to bring her our passports. She called us up several times for this. Then upon our arrival, she said we hadn't paid for our stay. Luckily, we had brought print outs of the receipt - with her signature, so she had to give in on that.

The other receptionists were very helpful and appologised for her. It sounded like it wasn't the first time she gave bad service.

Hotel Toruno is definately the hotel with best location in El Rocio, and probably the whole of the Donana area. It is also probably the finest hotel in El Rocio, but the servoce could have been better, and you might get more value of you money choosing another El Rocio hotel. I found the food a bit boring, but the restaurant is worth a visit due to the excellent view.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2012

We had a fantastic 3 nights here - real Spanish hospitality. Fantastic views of the lagoon from our room- you could see flamingos, spoonbills, glossy ibis etc without even using binoculars! The staff spoke sufficient Spanish and were very generous. We booked half-board and all our drinks were 'gratis' free, as was the local port from cask in the lounge and snacks such as fresh strawberries or biscuits and cheese. Breakfast was in the restaurant where several locals, including the local police, also breakfasted. The streets of sand were no problem as the town was fairly empty midweek. When we later visited a 4* beach resort we felt the service and value were much below that we experienced here.

Room Tip: ask for a lagoon view
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ruthpi
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Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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132 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2012

We ate at the Toruno restaurant for 3 evenings (stayed at La Malvasia a short walk away). When given the a la carte menu, we asked if there was a menu del dia, which we were then given verbally. It was great on all occasions, an example being: chickpeas with spinach, followed by venison steak in a pepper sauce, cheesecake for pudding and a lovely bottle of wine, all for just over 30 euros for two. Water and coffees extra. This restaurant over looks the lake. We found all the serving staff very helpful, and most spoke excellent English.

Another great spot to eat is the thatched restaurant overlooking the lake at the main road end(closed Mondays), Aires de Donana. Best at lunchtime because of the views of the birdlife: flamingoes, spoonbills, storks and hundreds of others, too numerous to mention.

Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Blenheim, Canada
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16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2012

We were there for Donana and the Birds which was just great! The Hotel is perfectly adequate as is the Restaurant but probably all is overpriced for the level of service and ammenities. The dirt roads are there because it is a heritage sight and will never change. The Rocio Pilgramage is a huge event at Pentecost attracting 500,000 people and 100,000horses according to our Park Guide. The rest of the year it is not that busy. We were there on a weekend and it was most enjoyable to see people around the town on horses and in wagons drawn by horses. It is all about the Church and the brotherhoods that gather there too. The park has 3 Interpretive centres that are all well worth a visit but to see a larger variety of Birds,wildife,and fauna it is best to take a tour with one of the operators because access without is restricted.

Room Tip: request one overlooking the Marsh
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Graham W
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UK
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24 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2012

I spent three nights at this hotel which is tucked away on the edge of Donana NP. The rooms are clean and tidy but space is limited, the bathroom is OK. There are no tea/coffee making facilities within the hotel. The hotel staff are friendly and helpful but their English is very limited. The location is ideal for birdwatchers. The town is a pilgrimage site for about one week per year. The associated restaurant is about 30 metres away and opens about 8 a.m.

Room Tip: If you're a birdwatcher ask for room 109 as it has good views over the marsh.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MzeeLen
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Property: Hotel Toruno
Address: Plaza Acebuchal 22, 21750 El Rocio, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Huelva > El Rocio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in El Rocio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Toruno 2*
Number of rooms: 31
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