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El Refugio De Don Miguel
Eugene, Oregon
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“What can I say?”
Reviewed 24 November 2013

We made reservations at this hotel months before our trip based on the reviews we saw in Tripadvisor. We received a confirmation that they had our reservation and they were looking forward to seeing us. This was the last night of a 3-week road trip before returning back to Madrid. We had stayed in 15 hotels and all of them had rooms ready for us upon arrival. The sun was setting and we were looking forward to settling in and relaxing in this hotel in this quaint village.
But...the hotel was all locked up! No one there. There was a note on the door with a phone number. Well, we didn't have a phone, and there were no phone booths around. Besides, this was not a note written to us, it looked like it was a note that is always hanging in the door. What were we going to do? This is a small village in the middle of nowhere and not a lot of hotels around. Plus we don't speak Spanish. We went into a bar and tried to explain that our hotel was all closed up (getting rather anxious at this point) and this lovely woman said "I have a place you can stay". She took us to a hotel that looked like it had been closed down for the season. But she wasted no time getting a room set up for us. If it were not for this woman, where would we have stayed? I shudder to think.
Meanwhile, I went back to De Don Miguel and left a note saying, "we were here, where were you?" Later that evening we got an email from them. It said (more or less) "I'm really sorry but I had an important meeting. Hope you are ok in your new hotel." I have one question. If you had an urgent meeting, couldn't you have 1) had someone else wait at the hotel for us, or 2) left a note with our names on it reassuring us that you know we are coming, and to return at a later time? We would have been perfectly ok with that. We could have relaxed, explored the town, and returned later. But to just find the hotel all closed up was very disconcerting. Not a nice experience.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2012

I’m not much for writing reviews unless I’m thoroughly impressed. In my book, a very good experience deserves 4 stars. But an experience which becomes memorable for years to come and the highlight of your trip highly deserves praise. My stay at El Refugio de Don Miguel did that for me.
My wife and stayed at this wonderful establishment for one night this past August. We had chosen Penaranda de Duero because of its quaintness and because we wanted to experience the true Ribera del Duero from centuries past. Otherwise, we could have stayed in a larger town like Aranda de Duero.
At first, we couldn’t find the hotel since there were no signs off the main road. However, the locals quickly showed us were it was. One thing that we found very attractive about the Ribera region was how eager people were to help.
We arrived late in the evening - about 7pm - and were greeted by the owners, Eugenia and Jesus. I speak Spanish, so we were able to communicate fine. Jesus speaks some English and he chatted some with my wife, who does not speak the language. Note that not being able to speak Spanish should not deter anyone from experiencing this great lodging establishment!
I had read about the famous “lechazo” (roasted lamb) of the Ribera del Duero region. Prior to our visit, I had made the mistake of not notifying El Refugio that we wanted to experience lechazo during our stay in town. Eugenia and Jesus had planned to serve a traditional chicken meal that night, which from previous reviews is very good. However, we really wanted to try lechazo. Sensing our desire, both Eugenia and Jesus called the local butcher shop to see if they had the cut of meat available. Fortunately they did! They then proceeded to let us know that the lechazo dinner would be ready by 10pm and that we should relax and unwind until then.
After doing some unpacking, we proceeded to walk down the two blocks to the town square. It was a beautiful evening in the square, full of life and the sense of “Old Spain” that we were eager to experience. We enjoyed a glass of wine at a restaurant in the square and retreated back to El Refugio. Upon returning, we were greeted once again by Jesus who quickly invited us to his wine cellar. Yes, his wine cellar! We walked down to the basement area and he showed us his collection of wonderful wines from the region. He proceeded to let us sample his “home-made” wine, which was good. Jesus detected that we had discerning wine palates, so he proceeded to recommend a wonderful Tempranillo for dinner (cost: 21 euros).
At 10pm, dinner was ready and we walked up to their quaint dining room. Upon the first mouthful, the lechazo was incredible! I am not a lamb person (have had too many gamey experiences in my life), but now I understood why people raved about lechazo. The meal also included the traditional salad, which my wife enjoyed immensely. She is a salad person and said that it was one of the freshest ones she has ever had.
After finishing our meal, we invited Eugenia and Jesus to join us for conversation. We ordered another bottle of the Tempranillo and chatted away. Jesus eventually went down to his cellar and brought up another wonderful blend for us to sample. All in all, by the time we finished up chatting and enjoying each other’s company, it was 4am!
We left the following day, but not before gathering our thoughts from the night before. We had truly had the best lodging experience of our lives. Eugenia and Jesus went completely out of their way to accommodate our wishes and to make our stay a memorable one. They totally succeeded in both. Five stars all the way!!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed 17 February 2012

If you're seeking out a non-touristy and authentic village, Penaranda de Duero couldn't be more idyllic. As soon as you enter it, you get the impression that life has not changed there since the early 17th century.

El Refugio is a family run B&B and offers the most genuine and warm hospitality that you could imagine. Chuci, the chef, and his wife, the daughter of the owners, made us feel like we were a part of their family. The photos on their website don't do the place justice. It is newly renovated and everything is new and clean. If you stay, you must eat dinner. The food was simply incredible. One night we literally had 6 or 7 seven intricate courses all made from fresh and local ingredients. The wine in Ribero is wonderful, and El Refugio has a great cellar.

We couldn't have had a better stay.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: El Refugio De Don Miguel
Address: Calle Botica 21, Penaranda de Duero, Spain
Region: Spain > Castile and Leon > Province of Burgos > Penaranda de Duero
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Penaranda de Duero
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Number of rooms: 11
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