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Hotel Villa de Abalos
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Abalos
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Excellent Small Hotel”
Reviewed 25 June 2014

This was the second time we spent a night at Hotel Villa de Ábalos, the last time being four years ago. There have only been a few changes, and all for the better. Rooms are spotlessly clean and well organized. Spacious bathrooms have all the conveniences. The common areas upstairs and on the ground level are a good spot to catch up with traveling companions or check your email on the free WIFI. The owner is a friendly guy who makes his own wine, which sadly is not available in the USA. He has installed a small bar in the front reception area where you can have wine and a few tapas from the kitchen. Locals stop in here, too, and we enjoyed chatting with a bunch of older gents that night. Lots of fun and a great way to improve my Spanish skills. Ábalos is a small village and we opted to eat supper at the hotel. A fantastic meal in every way, truly homemade food. Breakfast was similar. If you're exploring La Rioja and want a quiet base to rest every night, this is a good choice. There's plenty of parking behind the hotel.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Newcastle
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

We spent 3 nights in this beautiful hotel in a quiet but ideal location for exploring this surprisingly beautiful region.
The beautifully restored building of Villa de Abalos outside is impressive and full of character, only surpassed by the inside, which has been decorated to a very high standard and is adorned with art and crafts which are interesting and quirky whilst still maintaining a homely feel.
The owners did everything possible to make our stay in the region a delight, giving us advice on wine (they have their own winery), food and the locality. For us with two soft-top two-seaters, the private secure parking was also a real bonus. One of the highlights of of every trip out was finding our way back to the hotel through the narrow winding streets of the small village. I don't think we ever used the same route twice!

Room Tip: All rooms are excellent
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Somerset
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

A lovely hotel with pleasant rooms set in a quiet village. However what spoilt the visit was the intransigence of the owner not to have dinner any earlier than 21.00. However to be fair I suppose that is our problem as it is the norm in Spain. However more and more hotels are becoming flexible about this and offering earlier dinner times if with a reduced menu. Breakfast was at 09.00 but after much arm twisting it was agreed to serve it at 08.30 when I said that if he stuck to 09.00 we would have to leave without.

Room Tip: At the back over looking the garden.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Sudbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

We stayed here for three nights between 12th and 15th March 2014.
The hotel is charming, nicely renovated 12 years ago and sympathetically decorated. Our room was large and the bed was very comfortable. We ate an evening meal twice in the hotel. The menu is limited but the food is bought in specifically for the number of guests dining, this is very fresh and beautifully cooked. We can't comment on pudding as we were too full to try this.
We did however try the very delicious wine produced by the proprietor, realising too late that we could have toured his vineyard! Breakfast was very good, bread and preserves are home made and everything else high quality.
This is a small, family run hotel and each member works hard to ensure that guests are made most welcome and enjoy attentive service.

The hotel is ideally located for touring the whole of the region of 'La Rioja'.
It is approximately two and a half hours drive from Santander and an hour and a quarter from Bilbao. Friends who joined us from Madrid took three and a half hours to drive to Abalos.

The village is very small - a population of 300 - and there are no other restaurants within walking distance. You can comprehensively walk the village in 15minutes so anyone who is not content with absolute peace and quiet would be better off elsewhere.
For our purposes it was perfect and we would be happy to return to both the hotel and the location which is beautiful.

Room Tip: We can recommend room 2. All rooms would be pretty (and) quiet Soundproofing was good from room to...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Gold Coast
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

We stayed here in Sept. for 2 nights with another couple. Initially we had reservations about the
location in a small village without any obvious alternatives for dining. Doubts were quickly overcome. Villa de Abalos has fantastic meals, great serviceand their own wine, Empatia, was superior to other Rioja wines we tasted, so we were delighted to dine there on consecutive evenings. The breakfast was the best we had in over three weeks travelling in Spain (including some rather grand hotels). JoseLuis was a charming & informative host. We'd be happy to stay
here again some time, pity it's so far from Australia!

Room Tip: We enjoyed a top floor room, there is a lift.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Gower, Wales
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

Stayed here for two nights in September. Nice little village, although no shops, restaurants, bars etc. Hotel is nice, lovely large bedroom and nice bathroom, so good sleep quality.
We ate at the hotel on both nights as otherwise one of us would have had to drive somewhere.
Food was good but I wouldn't go as far as saying it was excellent.
Wine was very nice which was their own and reasonably priced too.
Breakfast, well now, this I would say was excellent and best one of all on any Spanish holiday we've been on.
After visiting the area, it was nice to come back and sit outside with a bottle of their own chilled white wine and relax for a couple of hours before getting ready for the evening.
A very relaxing home from home feel hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Christiansted
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Reviewed 27 September 2013

We spent a couple of nights in this charming small hotel in Abalos in the Rioja wine region. The rooms, breakfast and the warm welcome all made our stay all too short. The small dining room is available for dinner by prior arrangement and is very good and convenient for late arrivals. there was a wine festival in the town the day we left which looked like great fun we were sorry we had to leave without sampling all of it.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Villa de Abalos
Address: Plaza Fermin Gurbindo 2, 26339 Abalos, Spain
Region: Spain > La Rioja > Abalos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Abalos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Villa de Abalos 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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