"Never will come back"
The service was good. Hotel is old and no maintanence at all. The bed was comfortable and clean., Needs renovation urgent!!!!!!!Genuine Expedia guest review
"Charming Hotel, great value"
05/28/14 cassyclaire Aberdeen, United Kingdom
What better location than the very heart of Avila right opposite the Cathedral. Beautifully located behind the City Walls this charming Hotel has a great feel of renaissance about it, as previous comments had made, a little "worn" but charming nonetheless. We had a great view of the Cathedral Plaza with a double bed and good sized bathroom with overhead shower and the other party with us had a triple room that was a great size, both clean and serviceable. Breakfast consisted of the basic buffet continental great croissants, fresh juice, cereals, yogurts, cold meats & cheese, breads, toast etc. It was an okay brekkie but as it was included in the price, good value for what you got. The morning coffee was from machine rather than freshly poured, I suppose that was buffet type convenience..but a real shame when the Spanish do coffee so well. Also, Please note as with most Spanish Hotels no tea making facilities in the room so take you travel kettle if its convenient. Overall, I would most certainly recommend this Hotel for its value for money and location, we only paid 127Euros for five (4Adults+1Child) and this inc breakfast! But.. If like us you have a car then park it just outside the walls, rather than paying daily Hotel charges and its free!
"Lived in but happy"
07/26/13 durnfordSpain spain
The Palacio Valderrabanos is located inside the old walled town of Avila in the province of Castilla y Leon it was an old Ducal palace it is in the cathedral plaza which is very romantic location, the décor, fittings and fixtures have that ancient 'worn look', the room that we stayed in was large for a double and the beds were comfortable the bathroom was fully equipped and everything was clean and tidy, the staff were unobtrusive in fact I only saw one. Within the hotel there is a basement restaurant called El Fogon de Santa Teresa where we had a forgettable evening meal.
"It's a hotel that I'd recommend"
07/01/13 Jose M Barcelona
Basically in my opinion the hotel have a few rooms remodeled (those shown in pictures by the management and the people who was lucky of that) and others in quite bad condition. It's not a matter of "old fashioned" style the rooms; the atmosphere is depressing as well as the stale smell. In the pictures I prefered to show some details other than a general view of the room. The breakfast is simple not the one for a 4 stars hotel. Parking is not in the in the same building but not too far although is unconfortable to have to return the key to the hotel everytime the parking is used. The service is just ok. The location is good taking into account that Avila is not big and there are many hotel in the surrounding area. By the way, I'm sure that some scenes of the movie "the shinning" were took in this hotel....be careful with the girls in tricycles on the corridor ;)
"Wonderful old palace, but I was indeed lucky"
06/24/13 Guido C Rome, Italy
I stayed 3 nights last summer using Avila as a hub for visiting Salamanca, and Segovia. I found the hotel absolutely gorgeous, but I was lucky: for lack of other rooms, I got an immense apartment or 3 rooms at the second floor facing both the cathedral square and the side road. Clean, the bedroom was delightful with nice paintings and with a huge comfortable bed. It was indeed, magic. On the bad side, the wi-fi never worked over our staying (they had "issues") and part of the desk personnel didn't speak anything but spanish. For the ones having such problems, there are a few steps with no go around between the reception and the elevators. Didn't get breakfast, so I can't comment there, but there are plenty of bars and pastry places around.
"Location is only good thing"
06/13/13 Grizzlyteacher Springfield, Missouri
Ditto on several of the previous reviews. Great location inside the walls next to the cathedral,but that's it. My husband thought he had reserved the other Palacio hotel across the plaza. Much nicer facility. Our room, 211, had a limited view because of the restaurant exhaust fan. The noise and smells of the restaurant also made leaving the window open limited at best. Everything looked very worn. Doors were heavily scratched. Loose tiles on the bathroom floor. Old looking bedding and wall coverings. Looks and feels like a one star hotel. We didn't eat at the restaurant.
"I had the best room!"
10/31/12 klik Clancy
I loved the comment I read that said it was "a little shabby in a genteel sort of way" -- this is a good description. It looks like an elegant hotel from a black and white movie. I had room 127 and felt like a principessa. Huge suite at least 4 times the size of the nice-sized room the bed was in. A window in the "living room" with little balcony on the front of the hotel (facing the grand cathedral) and another in the bedroom, facing the side street. Lovely people, impeccable service. Free fast internet in all the rooms. It was raining when I arrived so I took a taxi from the train station for under 5 euros. Went back by public bus -- 92 euro cents. Everything totally silent til about 8:15 the next morning, when the city started to come alive. Then I joined what must have been most of the local citizenry at the farmers' market on the small square nearby. Only signs I saw of current economic problems in Spain were a group of students marching in the rain chanting slogans for government support of education. (Had no problem getting money from ATMs.) I love Avila and this hotel is wonderful, timeless. Highly recommended. (I didn't eat breakfast or dinner here.)
"Others have said it!"
10/14/12 michael e Gloucester, United Kingdom
A wonderful, central location next to the cathedral and a grand building.Hotel car park too and a helpful reception. However, our bedroom was poor: peeling wallpaper, dirty carpets and fittings, chipped and scratched furniture, flaking bathroom ceiling and a faulty toilet cistern. Plus dingy lighting. Beds were clean though. Breakfast is totally self-service including cutlery and porcelain, some of which was dirty with left over food , and tea or coffee from a press-button office-type machine. This is not a 4 star experience. The price is reasonable and may be the signal of what to expect.
"A real "Palacio""
09/14/12 Stefan F Cáceres
Avila is an exceptionnel little town and really worth a visit. And within Avila one can hardly find a better situated hotel than this one: inside the walls and just opposite the cathedral. The entrance hall and the reception rooms on ground floor are impressive. The individual hotel rooms, however, are not all of the very best standard. This time I've got one that clearly required refurbishing (specially the bathroom).
"Hotel may be tired but restaurant staff should be retired"
Hotel is fine. Right in centre. Tired but in a genteel sort of way. Reception very helpful. Room perfectly adequate. But do not buy the dinner B&B option! Restaurant service is terrible. Waiters work hard to make you feel as if they are doing you a favour and you are disturbing their evening. Would stay at hotel again on a room only Basis. Do not want to repeat the unpleasant restaurant experience
"Medieval Experience literally"
01/05/12 FilipinoBusinessman Makati
The hotel is in the inner city so our our bus had to park outside and we had to walk about 1 km with our hand carry bags. There is a porter service avilable for a fee. Rooms are small. Air conditioners were not working and it was quite warm. The dinner was medieval with bread hard enough to use as shields or to stone intruders. The breakfast buffet was decent. It has a typical European small ancient elevator good for 1 person with a bag, so you shouldn't bring much stuff. The suits of armor on display make it look creepy at night. But it's an excellent hotel for exploring the city.
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