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“Patio view over the cliff”
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Hotel El Convento
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Reviewed 20 July 2013

We enjoyed staying in a former convent. Our private patio had an amazing view. The steps winding to the second floor are narrow so you need strength carring up luggage. The room for three is on the second floor. We ate our meals in the town. Arcos de la Frontera is a unique city to visit.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Hotelconvento, Front Office Manager at Hotel El Convento, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2013

Dear guest,

We are very happy to know you have enjoyed in our hotel.
We hope visit us in a next time.

Thank you so much.

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Reviewed 17 July 2013

The view, as others mentioned, was fantastic from a wonderful patio. The staff was very friendly and helpful. They note to park your car at their sister hotel at the bottom of the hill. It is a short walk down hill. It is worth taking a shuttle up to your hotel at the bottom of the hill with your luggage. It was about 1 euro each.

Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Hotelconvento, Director de Recepción at Hotel El Convento, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2013

Dear Mr Pakebo,

thank you for letting us know about your stay al the Hotel. We are happy to know that you enjoy the views from the roof terrace.

Thank you for choosing Hotel El Convento.

Sincerely

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Reviewed 27 June 2013

We had great advice and thus great luck with seven hotels in Spain, but nothing prepared us for the outstanding El Convento. The family-owned hotel is absolutely gorgeous, on a hillside overlooking a river valley with beautifully landscaped farms. It sits atop a steep hill in the older part of the nearly 1,000-year-old town. We parked in the more car-friendly public parking in the lower part of town, and regular shuttle buses can take you to the top (we walked; a good workout!). Inside, the lobby and rooms are done in beautiful ceramic tile around white walls. The friendly staff escorted us to our room, which was actually downstairs from the lobby. We didn't quite know what to expect with that, but they opened up the very spacious room and opened the door to a patio that was larger than some of the rooms we've stayed in in Europe. It was a breathtaking view. The room slept comfortably and was very quiet. The hotel is just a 3-minute walk from an old-fashioned mercado, and very near a number of great, intimate restaurants (we strongly recommend the Taberna Jovenes Flamencos, where we had a fantastic meal sitting outside on a lovely night). For breakfast, we ate on the restaurant terrace, enjoying the fresh eggs made by the matriarch of the family that runs place. It's all very quaint and beautiful, and the perfect place to wind down, either for the entire vacation or at the end of a hectic one like ours. Arcos de la Frontera has an interesting history and a few cool sites, but its laid-back pace and businesses catering to the locals and not the tourists made it one of the least expensive stops on our trip, and one of the most enjoyable.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hotelconvento, Front Office Manager at Hotel El Convento, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2013

Dear Mrs Tracy,

Thank you very much for your compliments! They are reason that make us work everyday. That our guests enjoy their stay is the best reward for us.

Thanks for choosing Hotel El Convento.

Sincerely

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Reviewed 22 June 2013

This is a great value Hotel in a most stupendous location - perched on the edge of the cliff in Arcos old town! In 100 metres you are in the main square next to The Parador (same view, but much more expensive!) and The Mirador. However, you have your own 'mirador' from your terrace.... We had a huge terrace, a small, but adequate room and good bathroom with excellent shower. The decor is dated, but it is clean and comfortable and SO peaceful.
You can take breakfast in the large reception area or on the upper terrace, which can be windy in the early morning...., but, looking at 'that view' whilst drinking your fresh orange juice is breathtaking!
The staff don't speak much English but were extremely helpful, especially with the car parking situation. This is where Arcos old town is 'challenging'! The streets are extremely narrow and the one way system can be difficult to get used to - however, if you follow signs to The Parador, you will, hopefully, find a parking space in the main square. The hotel staff can then issue with a permit ( charged to your room).

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view and you won't be disappointed!!
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank LesleyNorman
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Hotelconvento, Director de Recepción at Hotel El Convento, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2013

Dear Mrs Norman,

Thank you very much for letting us know your experience. We are glad to know that you enjoyed your stay at our hotel although those days were windy.

Thank you for choosing Hotel El Convento.

Sincerely

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Reviewed 13 June 2013

This hotel is perched on a clifftop and worth the price for the view alone. Stunning! We had a large terrace so we could enjoy the view whenever in the hotel.
The staff where very pleasant and helpful. They arranged to have my laundry picked up by taxi and returned the next day which saved me having to organise it myself.
As others have said driving up to the hotel is tricky due to the narrow and steep streets so leave your car at the sister hotel Los Olivos and take a taxi up, cost 5 euros.
My only slight complaint was that the room smelled a little musty due to it probably being shut up all winter (we were there at the beginning of the season) and was rather small. But this would not stop me staying again some time in the future.

Room Tip: Choose a room with a private terrace, the view is stunning.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank tulipsofamsterdam
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Hotelconvento, Front Office Manager at Hotel El Convento, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2013

Dear guest,

Our hotel welcome your comment.

Yours sincerely,

Hotel El Convento.

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Reviewed 6 June 2013

This hotel is in a beautiful old convent, and captures sweeping views of the valley below from almost every room. It is full of character and spotlessly clean. Staff are friendly and pleasant, and go out of their way to make guests feel welcome.
We paid extra for a room with a big terrace, which we loved. However rooms with smaller terraces and balconies also had a great view, and their is a shared rooftop terrace also.
Location is great, right in the middle of the old town, with lots of restaurants close by. We caught a cab from the bus station in the new town for €6, easy. It would have been a long, steep walk.
Breakfast isn't included in the room rate, and priced per item, costs add up quickly.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hotelconvento, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel El Convento, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2013

Dear guest,

Thank you very much for your comments! We are very happy to know that you enjoyed your stay in our hotel and we hope to welcome you again in a future.
Thank you for choosing Hotel El Convento.

Regards,

Hotel El Convento

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Reviewed 29 April 2013

If you want to stay somewhere that is full of character and in a wonderful Spanish hilltop town then this is the palace for you. We were very brave and did drive to the hotel to drop off our luggage and then parked our car in Los Olivos. When we left we just wheeled our cases downhill to collect our car. We were made very welcome on our arrival and the reception staff were very keen to help us improve our Spanish, which was nice of them. The view from our room was amazing, although unfortunately it rained so we were unable to sit on the terrace. We enjoyed our breakfast and were happy to pay the extra for this as the room rate was very reasonable. It was a wonderful experience staying in such an interesting town and within easy walking distance of several bars/ restaurants.

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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hotelconvento, Manager at Hotel El Convento, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2013

Dear guest,

We are very happy to know that you have had a wonderful experience staying our hotel.
Thank you so much.

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Additional Information about 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 #5 of 12 Hotels in Arcos de la Frontera
Price Range: £50 - £73 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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