I went to Infantes because of the Don Quixote connection - I like the novel and was keen to see the area in which it was set; although the town is rightly proud of its literary connection, there is much more to see and do in the area and I highly recommend a visit.
I visited at the right time as, previously unbeknown to me, the town was celebrating Don Quixote's adventure featuring a procession (and subsequent five kilometre ride) of solo horse riders, traditional carriages and the man himself, Don Quixote (and Sancho Panza), astride the weirdest-looking steed (actually, it was a bike) I have ever seen, but totally in accordance with the eccentricity of the character.
My stay at this hotel was one of the most enjoyable I have had in 35 years of travelling. This was due not only to the very comfortable accommodation but also because of the affable proprietor, Miguel; there wasn't anything that was too much trouble for him. He was unobtrusive but available if needed and I felt as though I was staying in a friend's home rather than a hotel. I was travelling with my small dog and she was made to feel very much at home. I enjoyed my time so much, I stayed an extra day.
I chose the hotel for the following reasons: I prefer smaller hotels; I liked the look of the place on the photos; it is situated in a quiet part of Infantes - I am a fairly light sleeper, and though it is good to be in the thick of things centrally, I rarely find the street noise conducive to a good night's sleep. Four other rooms (there are seven in total) were occupied and I heard no 'through' noise whatsoever. It's about a five minute walk/ten minute stroll to the centre of town, which is a series of 'Places' linked in a triangular fashion; all are extremely pleasant to sit in and watch Spanish life go by. As in most of Spain, the place busts into life after 5 p.m. and there is a great selection of bars, cafes, etc.. I sampled four places and the food was very good.
The hotel and rooms have a very traditional look and ambience, be-decked as they are with interesting pieces of vintage furniture and bric-a-brac, and are tastefully furnished, however, they also have a modern tinge to them; I found this very appealing. The bed was large and very comfortable. The rooms are air conditioned, the equipment is modern and noise is minimal; it is operated by a remote control handset - very handy, this is something not provided in American hotels of a similar grade, supposedly at the forefront of providing good customer service. The TV in my room was a flat screen LCD. Wi-Fi is free and the signal excellent.
I am travelling through Europe over several months in my MPV, so I like to have convenient parking. I was able to park directly outside the the hotel and was offered a private, covered space if I desired to leave my travelling junk in the car.
Breakfast was traditionally Spanish, complemented by locally-made produce - amongst others, 'Abuelon' biscuits which taste good with a sweet or savoury accompaniment and tea, coffee, or wine. I usually have coffee and toast (provided) but was tempted to try the fare and it was excellent.
I highly recommend staying at this hotel.
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