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“A little calm paradise in the centre of Almeria”

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Aire Hotel & Ancient Baths
Ranked #3 of 30 Hotels in Almeria
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 July 2013

This is a beautifully restored, characterful and boutique hotel in the centre of a bustling city, close to the old quarter with the Alcazaba, Cathedral, parking and shops, etc within a very short distance. Our Junior Suite (room 102) was a brilliant choise as this overlooked the lovely Spanish square and monument with views to the castle beyond, and two balconies! The baths were brilliant - we did them twice during our two-day stay and had a relaxing massage on the first evening.
After a hot arrival and walking round the city, castle, etc, the baths were heaven with differing water temperatures, Jacuzzi and water/spiced tea all adding to the invigorating, yet highly relaxing experience.
Food was brilliant and good value, with half or full portions available, plus a great selection of tapas dishes. Good quality wines were a reasonable price for a top quality hotel.
Staff were friendly, polite, efficient and attentive - we could not fault their service at all. The hotel was one of the best we have come across while travelling around Spain - thank you to the staff for making our stay an extremely enjoyable one.
Note: Getting to the hotel through narrow one-way streets was an adventure, even with the address plugged into the Satnav. Best solution is to park in the San Pedro underground car park literally a minute's walk away. Show your ticket to reception as they have an agreed 16 euro a day charge agreed with this car park. Car park is spacious and easy to park in.
Also handy is to have a detailed printed street map so you can get your bearings as one-way system is challenging, to say the least!! A cool beer on arrival under the hotel's cooling arches was most welcome!

Room Tip: Upgrading to the Junior Suite (Room 102) on the first floor was well worth it and really enhanced ou...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 June 2013

We had a wonderfully relaxing time at the Plaza Vieja on route to our holiday further down the coast, and would heartily recommend it as a very warm and special place.

A wonderful location on a very typically Spanish square, very close to the castle, the cathedral, and the heart of the town. The baths in the basement were also wonderfully relaxing and atmospheric, particularly if checking in after a flight to start your holiday, a was the lovely hot spiced tea in reception.

Any minor problems or questions we we raised with reception were dealt with incredibly generously and promptly, the staff seemed to love their job and serving customers well, and genuinely went the extra mile to ensure you had a wonderful stay.

The warm welcome certainly extended to our toddler too, who was made a real fuss of by the staff, and had the most beautifully made up cot in our room I have ever seen, she thought it was just wonderful!

Only suggestions I would make would to be clearer on the online booking site which rooms are double/twin etc, (as there was some confusion about the concept of a twin room when we arrived, enhanced by the language gap!) and also to put clear instructions about how to find the square (via the very complex one way system in the very narrow and busy streets of the city, which stressed us out a bit on arrival!) on the website.

Thankyou for a great start to the holiday!

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed 25 June 2013

Upon arrival the reception gives you an idea of what this hotel is about,full of character although the room we had was not the largest it was well equipped and probably the most comfortable beds we've ever slept in. Plaza Vieja is set in the Almeria old town, Just a stones throw from the "Cuattro Calles" a maze of streets and passageways filled with bars and restaurants. Just a five Minute walk from the hotel you can wander up to the Alcazaba with its amazing views of Almeria its well worth a visit don't forget your camera!
After all that walking and tapas you can book an hour and a half of relaxation in the Arabian baths that are hidden under the hotel, steam room, massage, Jacuzzi, and thee plunge pools of differing temps set in the most breath taking settings.. And finish of the day with a nice bottle of wine and some of the best food around in the hotel lounge restaurant over looking the Plaza. Perfect, looking forward to next visit!!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 May 2013 via mobile

Arrived in Almeria and the first thing I saw was the great alcazaba which is really close to the hotel. Conveniently positioned in the centre of the historical part of Almeria.
The hotel gives an air of an antique residence that reminded me of the Arabian nights.
Recommend it.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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1  Thank Lawrencearabia
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Reviewed 9 March 2013

The pluses: very friendly reception and service attention, beautiful location n the heart of the old town, very clean and elegant.
The less pluses: not cheap,forthe town, small rooms, not easy to access by car or to park, but can be done

Net, net: I would not think of booking another hotel in Almeria. Definitely a good place.

Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 March 2013 via mobile

A small jweel in a small piateta in Almeria! I loved it! I visited it on a study tour from Romania! The rooms are great the looby is nice and the baths are wonderfull! If you come to Almeria this is the place to come!:)

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Reviewed 15 February 2013

We had no intention of visiting Almeria on our vacation -- it's Spain's hottest, driest, poorest province -- but decided to give it a shot. We were in for a pleasant surprise! First of all, Almeria is a "real" place, where "real" people live. You can find the Spain you remember from 20-30 years ago (the good and the bad), and people are kind and friendly. The best part of Almeria is Plaza Vieja Hotel and Lounge set in a pretty square close to a batch of restaurants and within walking distance of the Alcabaza. The staff was unfailingly gracious (with their limited English and our awkward Spanish), attentive, alert, and accommodating. The room had to be, by far, the most beautiful of our trip -- huge, quiet, sun-filled. And, oh, those Arab baths downstairs! Discover Almeria!

Room Tip: Splurge on a junior suite with breakfast!
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Aire Hotel & Ancient Baths

Address: Plaza Constitucion 4, 04003 Almeria, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Almeria > Almeria
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 30 Hotels in Almeria
Price Range: £58 - £129 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Aire Hotel & Ancient Baths 4*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel embodies the perfect mix between tradition and modernity in an exceptional building. An 19th Century work refurbished by Alonso Balaguer, the famous architecture studio from Barcelona. The hotel makes us appreciate the harmonious merging of forms, textures and colors where the modest gives life to new attitudes and sensations. Plaza Vieja Hotel & Lounge is the perfect place to ease your senses, have a cocktail or enjoy a good book. And it's also the right place to live a unique experience: the Arabian Baths Aire de Almeria. A millenarian tradition that all our guests will be able to delight themselves with. Experience through their senses with water therms at different degrees or choose the most appealing massage in our special relax room. Even if the guest prefers so, the massage can be in its own room ... more   less 
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