We were at Arcos in May for two nights. This turned out to be one of our favourite places, both the hotel and town. I for one will come back her one day. Once we settled in we really regretted that we had only two days here.
The hotel is "On the ledge" of the cliff and the views are amazing. You look out onto a great pastoral landscape from the hotel. There we three of us and we had a room with a terrace and one without. We spent all of our time on the terrace just taking in the beauty, watching the birds and enjoying the sun with a bottle of Rioja.
The rooms are very elegant and super clean. The air-conditioner is also a heater if it gets cold at night. The beds are quite comfortable and bathroom is marble and made out for a king. The coolest thing about this hotel is the location and those terraces with loungers on them. My advice is to book early and get one of the rooms with the terrace.
The other thing about the hotel that is great is it's location. There are great stores around, and if you do your research there are some great out of the way tapa restaurants with amazing food. The people in Arcos are so nice. We found a shopkeeper who supplied us with our wine and also ceramic souveniers and tiles. On the day that we left he gave us fruit that he had picked from a tree on his farm that day, so we could try it before leaving the area. The day before we found a tapas place that was recommended on trip advisor, it was more or less a local bar. When we came in and ordered food, the bartender made a phone call, about 3 minutes later a lady came rushing in to make us our tapas, which were great. This is all part of what made Arcos de la Frontera so special; the special setting, the beautiful town, the beautiful people and this great hotel.
Please do me a favour though, skip Arcos on your vacation to Andalucia and never tell anyone about it. I want this place to still have it's sleepy down to earth feel when I come back and not be over-run with a zillion day trippers!
- 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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