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“Lunch at the Palacio de Sonanes” 5 of 5 bubbles
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abba Palacio de Sonanes
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Villacarriedo
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Lunch at the Palacio de Sonanes”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2012

We had lunch twice in the restaurant . We enjoyed the choice of traditional Spanish peasant food, which suits our diet. The standard of service is very high. We did not notice any food out of tins and packets.
We chose a stew with beans and sausage, and a starter of gazpacho. There was a free aperitif , not so good for the diet, and home made chocolates to accompany the coffee. We were made to feel really welcome , in spite of not being resident at the hotel.On our second visit we chanced upon a troup of folk dancers performing in the doorway to celebrate a wedding, which made the occasion memorable.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Newcastle
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40 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2012

Booked and paid for in advance through Brittany Ferries as the base for our car touring holiday, on arrival we wondered whether in fact we had only paid the deposit! As the ferry to Bilbao and 4 nights b&b had only cost £500 per couple.The service was terrific and the room and hotel decor magnificent. Breakfast was breathtaking with our table overloaded with bteads, cereals, pastries, fruit, cakes and even tortillia.
For us the hotel was ideally situated between the coast and mountains , ideal for touring , and the scenery was stunning. We didn't dine in the hotel preferring the less fomal setting of local establishments. The icing on the cake was getting up on our final morning to find a stage of a car rally ending outside the hotel. A brilliant stay!

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank rmarshp
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2012

This palace is a wonderful place,charming and peaceful.Reserve the suite,very confortable with huge bathroom,jacuzzi,and a nice living room.Staff helpful and attentive.I can´t recommend it enough.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank giorggina b
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Adelaide, Australia
Level Contributor
23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2011

This hotel has managed to escape the clutches of the major guide books but has found its way onto Trip Advisor and it was a great find. It is a small converted palace hence the name; but not sure what it has to do with Abba; We gather "abba" is prefix for a hotel chain and not a reference to a certain Swedish pop group.

The very best thing about the hotel is its location provided you have a car. It is located in the absolutely delightful and small village of Villacarriedo, about a 45-minute drive south of Santander. The reception staff are very friendly and helpful. The place has a large central staircase with stairs going in all directions leading to three floors. There is also a lift. We were in a room on the first floor which was very comfortable. The colours where a little bold but it has all the basics; and a lovely deep bath.

The country setting in green fields with mooing cows and tweeting morning birds was just lovely to wake up to. We were only there for a brief overnighter and had poor weather; but we reckon there would be lovely peaceful walks in fine weather.

It was great value for money at about 70 euros a night.

The only disappointment was the dining. We stayed for dinner and the actual dining room is done up in a very sumptuous style ready to greet King Juan Carlos. Regrettably the actual dinner was more suited to someone with the class of Donald Trump. We can only surmise but reckon there may not have even been a real cook out the back. Like another Trip Advisor critic has noted, the food seems to have all been pre-prepared and microwaved. The beef consume came straight out of the packet and my edible beef cheeks were ruined by a glutinous gravy slopped on by someone trained in the very worst of English cooking. The complimentary aperitif had heinz ketchup as the accompaniment. The price for the meal was excessive given the poor quality of the fare.

But let's keep perspective; you do not have to eat there; just down the road in the village is El Fogon; an authentic Spanish bar-restaurant; with great country spanish food and good wine and a cosy atmosphere. And yes they even had a fire place to justify the name. The service was friendly and very welcoming. El Fogon almost warrants its own review.

So if you combine your Palacio accommodation with great meals at El Fogon, you will have a wonderful time. In summary the Palacio is a great place to stay provided you have somewhere else to eat. But if they ever get their act together on the food front, their dining room would be a treat to eat in.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Jonathan63
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Javea, Spain
Level Contributor
357 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2011

A beautiful 5* hotel in a rural setting! The hotel is located on the outskirts, the lobby has a wonderful luxurious feel in a country setting. The lobby´s decor is unexpected with bright, loud colours and comfy chairs. The stairwell, running through the centre, leads to an amazing domed ceiling. I loved it ... the reception staff were friendly and helpful!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 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 berna57
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
Level Contributor
13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2011

Attended a seminar here and everything was fantastic except there was limited wifi, but that could be overlooked due to the beautiful rooms and surrounding area. Easy walking distance to a very nice and friendly village. Just a great place to be.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank designer714
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Florida
Level Contributor
351 reviews
94 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2010

We spent six nights in this luxury, 18th Century beautifully restored palace as part of a VaughanTown English language program. What a treat: huge room overlooking the village, every luxury one could desire, free WiFi, gourmet restaurant, friendly and helpful staff.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank EarlFlorida2
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Property: abba Palacio de Sonanes
Address: Barrio Quintanal, 1, 39640, Villacarriedo, Spain
Region: Spain > Cantabria > Villacarriedo
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Villacarriedo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — abba Palacio de Sonanes 4*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in the Baroque style of the 18th century, this former palace is surrounded by the wonderful countryside of the Carriedo Valley, in the green region of Cantabria. The Palacio de Soñanes was originally built in 1719 by a local noble family. To this day it retains many original stone features which add to the charm of this luxury hotel. You can also climb the enchanting Renaissance staircase at the building’s heart. Dine at the hotel’s splendid à la carte restaurant, Iniro, where you can choose from delicious local dishes and more modern cuisine. Accompany your meal with one of the 175 varieties of wine available in the palace’s own cellar. The decor in each of the guest rooms matches the palace’s traditional elegance. Rich fabrics blend with exquisite carpets and luxury, antique-style furnishings – ideal for a romantic getaway. ... more   less 
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