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Hospederia Castillo Papa Luna
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Illueca
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30 reviews
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“Interesting, cheap and great fun”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2012

After spending 20 mins trying to find the hotel getting more depressed about the town and where we might be staying we eventually found the large castle on the hill (Stupid us!!). We were pleasantly surprised by the architecture, friendly greeting and basic but comfortable rooms. The receptionist/barman/waiter/porter was extremely helpful especially when we got stuck in the lift! The dog and baby where made very welcome despite them not being on the reservation. The only bad thing about the hotel was that the food was disappointing but this was made up by the local house wine being lovely and breakfast was also simple and tasty.Overall we had a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Worcester
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2011

was looking for a romantic weekend, the castle has been totally revamped, most of the detail you would expect from a 13th century castle has gone. All very basic now - so what we made it.

We did try to alter our stay, but the reception never had anybody that could speak English - frustraining

but saying that, although we did not meet one english speaking staff during our stay there but the girl behind the bar that seconded as a waitress, and the jolly chef, were both very accomodating as far they possibly could.

We did wander in to Illueca, and found a couple of bars open, perhaps 1 night would be great on your way through.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Brecon, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2011

We stayed here on a Travelzoo two night deal on the 23rd and 24th October 2011. The town Illueca, being (with a detour) about half way from our Spainiah property to the ferry Port of Santander. Another British couple staying here had flown into Barcelona Airport about a 3 hour drive away and hired a car.
There's not a lot to do in the town, but it does have at least one shoe factory with public outlet.
The description of the Travelzoo package is confusing and this is not helped by having only one recepyionist who speaks English (His duty was mornings during our stay). The included first nights dinner was very good if the no choice four courses suited your taste, breakfast was a low key buffet with just one cup of a hot beverage offered. Upon return to our rooom (103, a small double beded room) we found the promised Champagne and chocs (Well a bottle of llocal Carva), very nice. There are other much nicer rooms in this hotel, Four posters and suites, but the basic nature of this offer means that they were not on offer at a supplement.
So where did it all go wrong? When we chose to eat in the Hotel restaurant the second night. The menu for 15 euros offered three choices on two courses with bread, desert and water (No alcholic drink). The food was appalling and probably the remains of the lunch menu. We managed the first course; Me, a plate of dry peas and bacon, wife, Chicken soup that was like a packet chicken noodle with chick peas that had been left warming for hours. But then the main course; me, a white fish that was so salty as to make it inedible, as well as the pieces of fish being stuck together. This I sent back, but worringly the (English speaking waiter) had been looking over in my direction (There was only one other couple dining who were having the first night menu) expecting this reaction? wife, had pork cutlets that were also so salty as to be inedible. I was offered "a steak" as an alternative, whereas my wife had her cutlets taken away only to be re-served with a few salad leaves. My steak was a piece of Pork about 10 CM square and 4 mm thick - yeah and tough!!
When checking out the following day the (English speaking) receptionist showed no surprise, and offered no reduction in our bill. This was probably the worst meal that we have in the 30 years that we have been travelling in Spain.
What a complete dissapointment and inexcusable even ot the Travelzoo price. This is truely a once in a lifetime hotelbreak - we sharn't be going back there again!!! Oh! and the hotel has no internet availability. Stay well clear or leave after the first night.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Cardiff
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75 reviews
49 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2011

We stayed here for 2 nights in September, travelling up from the coast. To be frank, I doubt very much if we'd have done this if it hadn't been a special offer. Glad we did as it allowed us to discover a very different bit of the country. Illueca itself is nothing special, the hotel being easily the most outstanding building there. Following our SatNav meant an approach from the back of the hotel up a very precarious narrow road. We discovered a much safer approach the following day! The surrounding villages and area, however proved most interesting, with more than enough monasteries, castles and ancient sites to visit.
We enjoyed our stay although found the hotel rather soulless and definitely understaffed. We had a top floor room, with balcony, at the back with great views of the surrounding mountains. It was comfortable with a good bathroom, fine for our needs. I was a little surprised to find the room folder totally void of anything- no information of hotel facilities, tourist info. - nothing. Getting information from the concierge was also difficult, our spanish is rudimentary, her english non-existent. (The tourist office, however, is next door!)
Our deal included the romantic dinner, with wine, which I must say was excellent. The earliest they serve dinner is 9.00pm which some people might find rather late. My criticism would be that before dinner we tried to order drinks at the bar. After a wait for someone to appear we asked for a fino sherry. Unbelievably, after a few minutes of searching, we were informed they didn't have any! All exported I guess.
Breakfast was fine with a reasonable choice although the one waiter had to do everything with the consequence that on the first morning the scrambled eggs arrived after we'd finished eating and on the second they still hadn't appeared by the time we left. Would I return, probably not unless they improve their customer service but the area is definitely worth a visit. Don't miss the Monasterio de Piedra.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Geneva, Switzerland
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10 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2009

I stayed here for one night with my girlfriend, hoping for a romantic experience in a beautiful castle.

Unfortunately, despite the very beautiful exterior and lovely surrounding hills, the hotel itself is a real letdown. There were strange black stains on the bedsheets, the double bed was very small, the airconditioner didn´t work, the shower leaked badly and flooded the whole bathroom, and the bar had a dreadful stench of rancid frying oil which made us leave in a hurry.

Apart from the view, the only other thing the hotel has to recommend it is the price, which at about 70 euros for the two of us, excluding food, was not bad at all.

Still, all in all, not an experience I would want to repeat, and I would advise people looking for a nice place to stay in this area to forget about this hotel and head somewhere else.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Barcelona
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157 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2009

First the good news. This is a hotel in a beautiful castle (XIV-XVII centuries) with great views over the village of Illueca and surrounding attractive hills of Zaragoza province. It has it´s own bar and restaurant which serves decent evening meals (with red wine from nearby Cariñena), and the half board price is a good deal. It lies about halfway between Madrid and Barcelona, so is a good one-night stopover. The rooms are modern - ours was a trifle small but ok, with good views and very quiet. The bad news? Well, as is often the case, the devil is in the detail. The bed was uncomfortable, especially the pillows, which made a good night´s sleep (for us at least) impossible. There were lots of annoying flies in the bar and, especially, with the breakfast. The breakfast, even ignoring the flies, was meagre - one of the worst I have had in Spain. With so little extra effort, this place could be so much better. If there are flies all over the place, why do they leave the buffet food open without cover? Why do they serve such cheap juice - better none at all. I don´t know whether I would recommend it or not, but will say yes (unenthusiastically) because the building is so fine and in the hope that they change those pillows and improve the breakfast! The village below does not seem to merit much attention, apart from the church immediately below the castle which has great mudejar decoration inside.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Redcliff, Canada
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2009

At first we were surprised to find out this hotel was not in the city of Zaragoza, but in the Spanish province of Zaragoza. Then our GPS led us up a narrow, steep, unpaved back road at night. But with our first view of the front of this former papal palace, lit up and overlooking the valley below, we loved it. Sure, the elevator makes peculiar noises, and I have trouble with stairs, but we enjoyed our one-night stay here immensely. We had a snack at the bar when we arrived in the late afternoon/early evening, then had dinner in the dining room. Breakfast was also served in the dining room and did not disappoint us. We are Canadians, and our country just doesn't have 15th century buildings, so we were thrilled, and would recommend this place to anyone who wants a beautiful out-of-the-way hotel in Aragon. Castillo Papa Luna was a wonderful start to our week's drive through Spain.

  • Liked — Castillo Papa Luna is a 15th century papal palace, awesome antiquity, comfortable, not fancy.
  • Disliked — The elevator, and the back driveway. There's easy access through the town of Illueca.
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hospederia Castillo Papa Luna
Address: Plaza Peniscola 15, 50250 Illueca, Spain
Region: Spain > Aragon > Province of Zaragoza > Illueca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Illueca
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hospederia Castillo Papa Luna 3*
Number of rooms: 25
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