Arrived here unplanned one afternoon in early June 2012 on a motorcycle trip, having found the number in a guide book. The central location is great for a short stay as its really close to the pedestrianised historic area. That does mean parking is an issue though, even for motorcyclists. The hotel was hard to find despite being in a major location and signposted (we went round 3 times before we spotted the sign then the entrance) but once inside it has a lovely ground-to-roof atrium and a nice decor.
The middle-aged male receptist was deliberately rude though, doing that "I'm going to finish my paperwork before I even look up and say hello" routine beloved of the small-minded, and being mildly iritated from there on. The rooms are quite nice though, we had one overlooking the street but it wasn't noisy as long as the window was shut (more on that later).
After wandering round the town we decided to have an early nightcap at the hotel bar, only to be advised it had just closed at 9PM and we should use the mini-bar, annoying. We could have gone back out I guess as everything else was still open including other hotel bars, but after struggling with the unusably useless hotel internet we retired anyway.
However the room was now stifling, the aircon didn't work and the control had no lights on. After notifying reception I was called back and told it was now working. Well there was power to the control now (do they turn it OFF to conserve power?), but nothing was happening apart from a barely discernable breath from the ceiling vent. After a room visit from a member of staff and some more phone calls they said I could change rooms, but the housemaid took me to another empty room and demonstrated that the aircon didn't work any better THERE either. We slept fitfully with the window open.
When I checked out the next day I politely pointed out the issues I'd had (they threw in the mini-bar drinks) and was an hour down the road to the ferry before I realised that my passport wasn't in the usual jacket pocket. Mr RudeReceptionist hadn't given it back after photocopying it on check-in. Classic.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opened in 1993 and located in the same building of the old Hotel Oliden. Building emblematic of the city with a relaxed atmosphere and daring. It offers classicism and modernity in a single formula. Conceived as a place of transit, invited to come and stay. Alfonso V Hotel is located in the heart of the city and in full commercial and business area, just a few steps from the historical center, the Cathedral and the Collegiate Church of St. Isidore. Furniture of modern comfort in its 62 rooms, 51 Doubles, 6 Singles and 5 suites, all soundproofed, air conditioning, parquet flooring, safe box, minibar, Interactive TV with an free Internet connection and separate bathrooms with toilets all supplements necessary. Non-smoking floors and area WI-FI ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Husa Alfonso v León