Don Gregorio in Salamanca is a renovated family palace which sits along Calle de San Pablo, one of the main thoroughfares inside the historical district of Salamanca. There are less than a dozen decent hotels inside and Don Gregorio has to be at or near the top levels. As soon as you walk outside the hotel door, one of the major sights of Salamanca is right in front – the Iglesia-Convento San Esteban, with its breathtaking plateresque-style façade. The previous courtyard had been transformed into the smallish lobby that was tastefully decorated, with a wonderful natural skylight. The lift was small and though the door was glass, the elevator walls looked like cheap wood.
Check-in is very quick, presumably helped by the fact that they don’t have a lot of rooms on two floors. The manager who checked us in was friendly and the person who helped us with the luggage was even friendlier. Even the housekeeping staff seemed to take their work very seriously.
The room is quite large, larger than most hotels in the class. The rooms even have specific names – ours was the Dona Maria. They provide a lot of pillows. There are lamps in the right places and controlled by enough switches. The ac was easily controlled. There’s a large window on one wall that opened into our own 3m x 3m private courtyard one floor below, with louvered walls on all sides. No balcony but the view certainly gave you relief plus the confidence that no one could look down on your room if you kept the curtains opened. The safe worked, but no in-room coffee maker though. It's hard to imagine how the old palace room looked - only one original wall had been retained.
The bathroom was enormous and elegantly furnished – it had separate glass walled compartments for toilet-bidet and a separate one for the shower. The shower was the high-tech one with several shower heads at different levels, plus the flexible neck head, plus the rainforest type above. And, great for couples, two wash basins.
Breakfast is at the lower ground floor. Though windowless, the place is very tastefully decorated with chrome chandeliers, black granite walls, elegant tables and chairs, with tables far apart and off to the side. Variety is ok, not great but given the small number of rooms, I guess it makes sense that you have to ask for one of the hot dishes on the menu, which included eggs and omelets. My complaint was that it took long, even though on the second day, we ordered it as soon as we came in. The Nespresso machine was appreciated.
The major downside with our experience was the in-room wi-fi access. Though free, it was very spotty, especially by our second (and last) day when we could hardly connect consistently. A minor issue was the noise from outside the corridor - a limitation of the building structure on which the hotel was built on.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- RESTORED 15TH CENTURY PALACE NOW A FIVE STAR BOUTIQUE HOTEL Don Gregorio Grand Hotel is an elegant, luxury hotel in the historic city of Salamanca, Spain. The boutique hotel offers 17 guestrooms and suites for a quiet retreat with the charm of a palace and the convenience of modern amenities. The five-star Grand Hotel sits minutes away from many historic landmarks in Salamanca, such as the Plaza Mayor, Ieronimus Cathedral, and Clerecia Towers. Book a splendid vacation at a Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice(R) 2014 Winner for Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Spain. ... more less
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