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Parador Arcos de la Frontera
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New York
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48 reviews
32 hotel reviews
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“Great place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2012

We loved this place. After driving into Arcos without any plans or reservations, we walked into the parador and got a room for 127 euros a night. Our room was very large and charming. The bathroom was gigantic. The whole place was great. There's a patio with a beautiful view of the sunset; no other people were there, and we felt like it was our own private home. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2011

Good hotel, nice rooms, great view, per previous reviews. We didn't eat here but there was a good selection of restaurants nearby.

Arcos is a one day trip, but the top end of the town, around the parador is charming with pleasant bars etc.

The best entertainment however is getting there in the first place ! We had a Merc 220 and we made it up and down twice without a scratch, so it is not impossible, and can be done in something larger than a smart car. OK, it is not for the faint hearted and if you are directed to descend by the alternative route across the square you will almost definitely need help to get through the gate. I'm sure we had at least 5mm each side, with the mirrors in. As you descent there are some bends and junctions that can take a few attempts. If you are a nervous driver or are unsure of your vehicle, or love it dearly, leave it at the parking lot at the bottom of the hill and get a taxi.

Liked — The trip up to it, but maybe I'm strange.
Disliked — Not a great atmosphere at night in the hotel, practically nobody there.

Room Tip: If a nervous driver, leave the car in the new town and taxi up. Parking in the square adjacent the...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Hunter Valley
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2011

We chose this Parador for a stay as it was close to Jerez. However the town and the view from the hotel alone justify a visit. We had already joined "Amigos" which helps with check-in, parking and a free drink. Parking and the drive up the hill was not really as bad as some people make out! however we were driving a large (rented) Peugeot and were glad that the door mirrors retracted at the press of a button. There is one very narrow archway to negotiate. The main reason for our visit was to experience the Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre (Royal Andalusian Horse School) and what an experience that was! It was a wonderful display of horses,horsemanship and carriages and weel worth adding to any trip to this area. The two nights we spent at the Parador just aded to the enjoyment.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2011

This parador is the former governor's palace, right at the top of Arcos, on the square across from the cathedral. This is one place where the "volunteer" assistance with parking is quite helpful. The views from the breakfast room and bar seating area are spectacular. Like all paradors, everything is lovely. If you are over 55, you can take advantage of the Golden Days rates. This probably explains why the crowd was all over 55! We arrived in Arcos during the busiest fiesta of the year (San Miguel) and luckily got the last room. We walked down the hill and joined in. If you do not have the mobility, there is always good public transportation in Spain. This is a 3 Star parador, so quite reasonable, especially with free parking, and excellent breakfast (included in the Golden Days rate, also reduced).

Room Tip: I think any room here would be lovely. We were in a single room the first night and moved to a doub...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2011

paid 110 euros. Beautiful classy old room. Bathroom featured a bidet, which we found entertaining. Great front desk service. Breakfast was more expensive than the usual Spanish but it was wonderful. The views from the hotel's balcony are great. Most of the rooms have private balconies too but I think ours was discounted because it didn't. Arcos is a great place for a nighttime stroll - somehow after dark it transforms into a dreamy old place, with endless little nooks and crannies, perfect for sauntering about.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2011

This is the same review as the one posted for Parador Arcos de la Frontera (ranked the #4 hotel in Arcos). This review is for the same hotel ranked #5. Trip Advisor note: travellers are reviewing the same hotel that has 2 entries!

We spent 2 days in the Parador de Arcos de la Frontera and loved every minute. The Parador is centrally located in the Plaza del Cabildo at the top of this picturesque Pueblo Blanco. Driving up to the Parador is an experience as the cobblestone streets get narrower as you climb.

The views from the outdoor terrace are spectacular! Restaurant and bar service is available there. Sitting in the terrace would be even better if the hotel would put some umbrellas to provide a smidgen of shade during the day. There is a second terrace off the second floor with lounge chairs. As with the first terrace, it could be improved with the simple addition of umbrellas. The hotel also has a lovely, plant-filled interior courtyard.

We had a double room with a view of the Plaza. Some reviewers note the tolling church bells but that didn’t bother us as we considered it part of the overall charm. The room was spacious, the beds firm and comfortable. The bathroom was large and spotlessly clean. Water pressure was excellent. Wi-fi was available in the room and throughout the hotel.

The staff was attentive to a fault. Parking for guests is available in the Plaza.

The Parador’s location is perfect for exploring the town’s winding streets and venturing further into the mountains and the other Pueblos Blancos by car.

Attention smokers – rooms are non-smoking but smoking is allowed in the outside areas.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2011

We spent 2 days in the Parador de Arcos de la Frontera and loved every minute. The Parador is centrally located in the Plaza del Cabildo at the top of this picturesque Pueblo Blanco. Driving up to the Parador is an experience as the cobblestone streets get narrower as you climb.

The views from the outdoor terrace are spectacular! Restaurant and bar service is available there. Sitting in the terrace would be even better if the hotel would put some umbrellas to provide a smidgen of shade during the day. There is a second terrace off the second floor with lounge chairs. As with the first terrace, it could be improved with the simple addition of umbrellas. The hotel also has a lovely, plant-filled interior courtyard.

We had a double room with a view of the Plaza. Some reviewers note the tolling church bells but that didn’t bother us as we considered it part of the overall charm. The room was spacious, the beds firm and comfortable. The bathroom was large and spotlessly clean. Water pressure was excellent. Wi-fi was available in the room and throughout the hotel.

The staff was attentive to a fault. Parking for guests is available in the Plaza.

The Parador’s location is perfect for exploring the town’s winding streets and venturing further into the mountains and the other Pueblos Blancos by car.

Attention smokers – rooms are non-smoking but smoking is allowed in the outside areas.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank newtella
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Property: Parador Arcos de la Frontera
Address: Plaza del Cabildo s/n, 11630 Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Costa de la Luz > Arcos de la Frontera
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Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Arcos de la Frontera
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Parador Arcos de la Frontera 3*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The cultural crossbreeding of the Casa del Corregidor displays an andalusian character, with latticework and a courtyard. Many of the rooms overlook a splendid landscape filled with art, nature and history. The flowery tiling enlivers the wood of the furniture and the ochre of the terraces. ... more   less 
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