I stayed at the Coloso during the time of the Jerez horse festival, Spring 2006 with a friend. It was very well located, a few minutes walk from the old centre of Jerez, near the main street and local to lots of bars and restaurants that were not overpriced. The main bus stops were again just a few minutes away.
The hotel is basic, but very clean, the actual room was quite compact, we had two twin beds which were very comfortable, however, the en-suite bathroom was very large, with a bath and shower and had obviously just been renovated. The people working there were all very helpful and friendly, one of the girls speaks a small amount of english although most of them only spoke Spanish.
We did not have breakfast at the hotel as there was a lovely bar around the corner where you could sit in the sunlight and have toast, coffee, croissants, and the best freshly squeezed orange juice!
The Tapas in Jerez is excellent - having travelled all over Spain this is a good compliment!!
The horse festival itself is run each year over two weeks - we went for the first week and it is excellent, but obviuosly very busy - not with tourists though just mainly spaniards which is really nice.
The people in Jerez are very friendly and polite - I was still walking with crutches after suffering a broken leg and they always gave up a seat on the bus even when it was packed!
A must is the spanish riding school - but you must book in advance on the internet - otherwise you will a) not get in b) stand in a queue for tickets for over an hour in the blazing heat.
We also went to Cadiz - you can get there by train from Jerez but we took a cab - the old town is nice to walk around and the beach is amazing - it is so big it would never get crowded.
I would highly recommend the Coloso as a small friendly budget hotel in an excellent location.
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- Also Known As:
- El Coloso Hotel Jerez De La Frontera