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Hotel El Convento
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“Breathtaking setting!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2012

We stayed here based on reviews that we read on TripAdvisor and we were not disappointed! Our rooms had absolutely breathtaking views - definitely worth the extra money! The hotel was very clean and had a charming, authentic feel. The staff was helpful but not overly friendly. The only downfall was that we parked at the sister hotel and then had a long uphill walk over cobblestones with our bags - but it was worth it to stay in the old town. Once at the hotel, we were able to walk everywhere we needed to go and get lost in the picturesque streets.

Room Tip: The rooms with the balconies are worth the additional cost - the view is amazing!!
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2012

We were recommended to this hotel and have stayed on four occasions so far

The place is spotlessly clean and very friendly and always staffed with people who will do everything to ensure your stay is a good one and offer any help regarding the local area you may need

The view from the rooms and terraces is simply breathtaking, air con is a useful addition in the summer months

We will definately go back

Room Tip: All rooms seem the same just ask for the best view
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2012

The hotel was at the top on the town next to the Parador. Our room was large and had a beautiful terrace overlooking the valley. The only slight problem was the parking-one had to go to the sister hotel at the lower village to park. The staff was very helpful and the hotel was very clean. Driving to the top of the hill is not recommended unless you have a Smart Car-we had to close in our mirrors in order to pass through the Porta. Our only complain about the room (the Rick Steves Room) was that the bed was as hard as a rock.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Davenport, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2012

This might be our favorite spot after 2 weeks of traveling around Spain. We originally had a balcony, but after seeing the terraces (and as they had an opening) we upgraded to one, and it was worth the extra Euros. We sad out on the terrace, shared some wine, took tons of amazing pictures that made everyone back home jealous (free wi-fi), and started planning our return trip someday. This town and lovely spot were at the top of our list. (The one downside was the limited hot water--I appreciate the environment concern, and I really do, but after all that time on the terrace in the damp air, I needed a hot shower to warm up!) BEWARE of the DRIVE up there though. We went through it all, and then there was no parking, so we still had to hike up with the bags from their sister hotel Olivos (which isn't that bad).

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Midwest USA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2012

My husband and I stayed at this hotel in late April. We chose a room with a balcony overlooking the valley, and the view was spectacular. Also, the balcony was really better than the room. It had separate lounging chairs and a table and chairs. (It was a great place to hang out a bit of hand washing as the breeze dried it in a minute.) We really enjoyed just being there, in that spot, drinking a glass of Spanish wine! The room was ok, comfortable but nothing special. It was, however, very clean. The breakfast was "controlled serving," you know all those places that serve you bread, meat, and cheese. Do check before requesting a second glass of orange juice because it later might be tacked onto your room bill. Ask before ordering. Seems a bit cheesy. But, overall this is a very pleasant stay.

Room Tip: Request a balcony room. It is worth it!
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2012

All I can say is that the selling point for this place is the spectacular view from the rooms facing the valley below.

We stayed in the "Rick Steeves" suite and had the most amazing view from a huge terrace.

The rooms were huge and clean. We didn't eat in the hotel restaurant but a local one that was good.

Walking around the old town was nice (quiet little town).

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2011

A nice clean, typical local Spanish hotel on the top of the hiil. Terrace rooms are a must for the view. Local restaurants close by.
Getting up there is not an easy task if you drive. Narrow, one-way Spanish streets are a hazard! Alternatively, leave your car in the town and taxi up.
Arcos is a bit over-rated to me. There are other better and more driver-friendly local towns to see.

Room Tip: Terrace rooms are a must for the view.
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel El Convento
Address: Calle Maldonado 2, 11630 Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Costa de la Luz > Arcos de la Frontera
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 12 Hotels in Arcos de la Frontera
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel El Convento 2*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
En el corazon del conjunto Historico-Artistico de Arcos, parte del convento de las monjas Mercedarias se ha transformado en el Hotel El Convento para que los visitantes puedan disfrutar en calma de la antigua belleza de este pueblo hecho monumento de claridad.Desde sus habitaciones o desde una amplia terraza se contemplan magnificas vistas sobre la Pena y la vega del rio Guadalete en un enclave tranquilo, entre iglesias y casas senoriales.Un placer para los sentidos es lo que encontraran los huespedes del Hotel El Convento.Tradicion, buen comer y unos alrededores naturales que tiene mucho que descubrir, siempre predominando la tranquilidad. Sus 13 habitaciones que disponen de TV, telefono, wi-fi gratuito, aire acondicionado y bano completo pero donde se ha querido mantener el estilo tradicional de este pueblo en todos los rincones y estancias que componen el edificio.Algunas de las habitaciones poseen un nombre distinto en homenaje a escritores, poetas o personajes del mundo de la cultura. Un trato cordial y atento contribuye a hacer inolvidable su estancia. ... more   less 
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