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Hacienda del Cardenal
Ranked #11 of 44 Hotels in Toledo
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Linlithgow
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“Beautiful old building in city walls”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

Just returned from four nights here. The building is a wonderful, old-style Spanish house set in lovely gardens in which there is a bar and restaurant. Our room on the ground floor overlooked the gardens and was clean, comfortable and quiet (despite a late wedding party in the garden!) and with a good quality bed. The only improvement would be the addition of a mini-bar as there is no bar located close to the bedrooms. Breakfast was a reasonable buffet with a range of choices which suited us well - breads, pastries, tortilla, hams, fruits and fruit juices etc. All the staff we met were friendly and pleasant and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Don't book this place if you have trouble with walking up stairs, as it is entered through the gardens and involves a bit of a climb - but the location is fantastic and atmospheric and we found it an easy walk to all city sights and loved the facility to sit in the gardens. Also enjoyed morning runs/walks in the park opposite!

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Oak Park, Illinois
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

While not perfect it has a lot of historic character and charm and an excellent place if staying overnight in Toledo (which is highly recommended). An easy and short cab ride from the train station and nestled at the base of the city's hill. A beautiful courtyard where you can relax and a smaller inner courtyard if the weather is not perfect outside. Rooms are clean and modern but still with some historic charm. Did not do their breakfast, plenty of choice in town at Plaza Zocodover. Getting into town is easy with a map and sense of adventure. Take the escalators up and follow the narrow winding streets. If you get a little lost, chalk it up to discovering the city. There is also a side gate that will quickly take you to the main road leading up to Zocodover but it does not have the escalators.

A few quibbles or warnings. There is no elevator and getting up to the hotel from the main gate requires a couple flights of stairs (and another flight if staying on the 2nd floor). WiFi only in the lobby. Walls can be a bit thin (sound) but not overly noisy. It is somewhat remote from the town center so if you want to be close to the main attractions or have issues walking, it may not be for you.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 May 2014 via mobile

We found Hotel del Cardinal quite easily on our arrival in Toledo. Situated on the edge of old town walls it was fairly straightforward to spot. We parked outside in the small public car park and after consulting with the staff member we moved few meters up the road to the underground parking that had a deal with the hotel offering discount. It was a gorgeous hotel with stunning garden, numerous charming seating areas and very beautiful decor. We appreciated the location as we were close enough to all attractions ( escalator takes you to the centre of the old town if you don't fancy walking up the hill and climbing too many stairs) and far enough to relax in peace looking from the city walls out. We got lovely, if a bit tired room on the ground floor overlooking the garden however in the evening we discovered that the outdoor restaurant hosts events in the garden just outside our windows! We managed to get some sleep regardless only to wake up in the morning to a strange, unpleasant smell, not a great beginning of the day. Getting up after 8am we didn't have very much left on the breakfast buffet and it was very hard to find a table as the designated breakfast area was rather small in comparison with the size of the hotel. I guess they were not expecting a lot of people coming to breakfast at the same time!
We will probably come back to the hotel but definitely ask for a room further from the restaurant!

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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England
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Tricky to find but once there it is well placed for parking and the 6 esculators that take you up to the old city.The Hotel is comfortable and full of antiques and places to sit and relax but has a few surprisingly irritating minuses. The rooms are fine but missing a fridge or a place to make a late night drink. The breakfast is really poor in a dismal crowded first floor room. Poorly replenished unappetising food,indifferent staff and the TV on ! Why when they have a garden full of tables under umbrella's ............................Also one incident when we were relaxing reading in the garden/bar area the Staff turned on blaring music forcing us to retreat and then realise later that it was their way of "clearing the area " for a group eating at the Restaurant that night. Ok but maybe there are better choices than this available.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Tunbridge Wells
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2014

We had a great deal of fun finding this hotel which is just past the Biagra Gate - unfortunately, we must have counted the exits from roundabouts incorrectly and had a whale of a time driving through the narrow streets of the Old Town - but all was well in the end as some locals felt pity on us and directed us to the correct location. The location, by the way, is superb, with the hotel set in the sheer cliffs of the Old Town - don't expect a view of the city - its behind you! A short hop to the 6 flight escalator which takes you to the South of the Old Town and an easy walk up the hill to the 'Town Centre' complete with McDonalds and Burger King - oh the shame of it but I can thoroughly recommend Burger Kings 'Roja' meal :-) The car park for the hotel is underground and about 100 meters from the main entrance - but you can park in the square in front of the hotel so long as you are friendly with the chap who seems to be the unofficial guardian :-) The hotel is at the rear of a lovely garden - which I'm afraid is part of the restaurant which as far as we could find out has nothing to do with the hotel - other than name. The staff were all courteous and helpful but there was no 'information pack' of any description so we were unaware that the safe is operated using a key (20 euro deposit), who knows what the keypad is for! - or that breakfast is served in a small mezzanine room - and no hint of room service although strangely the room came with 2 wine glasses - but no means of opening a bottle. The welcome fruit kebabs were lovely (an additional extra). The room was clean, tidy and the bed wonderfully firm. Quiet with the sound of birdsong in the morning. There were no drink making facilities or little fridge but since the whole area is awash with cafes and small stores thats not too big a deal unless you like Tea :-) The interior of the hotel is delightful with some beautiful ceramic tiles and ancient furniture. All in all so nearly perfect! So how could the Hotel acheive something closer to perfection - IMPROVE THE BREAKLFAST! This just didn't mesh with the rest of the hotel - it was poor. If you want a hot breakfast and like boiled rashers of bacon and some very tired frankfurters then you have reached nirvana. No eggs, no fresh fruit, as far as I could tell nothing remotely Spanish anywhere. Old CocoPops, Uncrisp Rice Crispies & damp Muesli - however, the toaster was pretty good. I had a lovely Spanish breakfast at Madrid Airport served by Urban Grill for about 6 euros in 4 minutes - I would suggest a day out for the staff to have a sample of good, cheap food. It such a shame that this part of the service is so out of character for such a lovely hotel.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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27 reviews
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

A 17th century cardinal's palace built into the wall in Toledo is a convenient and wonderful place to stay. Near the Bisagra Gate it is close to the escalators that take you right into town. A parking garage is right next to the hotel and they give you a reduced rate if you have your ticket stamped before you leave. The rooms are spacious and very authentic. You know the hotel is old but very well kept. The only difficult part are the steps from the sidewalk up to the hotel. Not so many but quite a few so have as little luggage as possible. Worth the walk!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Guilford, Connecticut
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2014

My wife and adult child stayed here recently for an overnight in our first visit to Toledo. The location is terrific a short cab ride (5-6 Euro) from the train station. It is on the edge of the old city but 50 meters to the elevator, or an easy uphill walk to the Zocodover. (Much was made of climbing the "hill" of Toledo in many guide books; and while it is a hill, if you are in moderate shape, it is a non-issue.) The hotel is very quiet and a bit of a retreat. The structure is very quaint having been converted from what orginally was a Cardinal's palace. It has an inviting largely shaded courtyard framed in part by the original city walls which provided a nice place to explore the walls or sit, relax, and recharge with a refreshment. The view from the hotel of the Bisagra gate, especially lit at night, was a bonus. The rooms were nice with interesting woodwork, and doable, if a bit tight, for three. The beds were very comfortable although our "double" was two singles, made up as singles, just pushed together. The bath we had was updated in granite and surprisingly elegant from our expectations. The AC unit provided a nice chill to escape from the mid-day heat. We did not eat dinner there, but the breakfast was comprehensive, if not sumptuous. The hotel seemed a bit short staffed, but they were all very friendly. Lugging the bags up the steps as others mentioned was unexpected and a bit of a chore. We only got the free wifi by sitting in the lobby. Overall, an authentic well-priced experience that, as one guide noted, was a kind-of "poor man's parador." I recommend it as such!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Hacienda del Cardenal
Address: Paseo Recaredo 24, 45004 Toledo, Spain
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Region: Spain > Castile-La Mancha > Province of Toledo > Toledo
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Ranked #11 of 44 Hotels in Toledo
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hacienda del Cardenal 3.5*
Number of rooms: 27
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