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Cueva Del Fraile
Ranked #9 of 11 Hotels in Cuenca
London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Could be so much more”
Reviewed 5 October 2013

Great location and pretilly and cosily situated after an extremely attractive short drive up the
'canyon' from Cuenca. On this road, just on leaving the town is the cul de sac leading to the local 'Parador', the optimal position for viewing & viisiting the 'Casas colgadas' & the old town.
Meanwhile back at the hotel, the rooms are adequate, the restaurant food is poor, the staff are nigh-on non-existent but on the plus side there is a charming open courtyard in this converted former convent and the solitary waiter was pleasant but spoke only Spanish & got things wrong.
10% tax was added to everything-----but there is free parking!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Australian in rural Victoria
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Reviewed 15 July 2013 via mobile

Very scenic hotel which was a convent, in a beautiful location about 7 k out of Cuenca. It has a lovely atmospheric courtyard, and an appealing lounge area with big lounges. Both would be lovely places to have a drink, if you could locate some serving staff. Parking was free.

We had a double room, quiet spacious and nicely furnished. There was a wedding reception the night we were staying, but our room was very quiet. The room contained a refrigerator, which was not plugged in and we couldn't find a power point to use. There was no wifi reception in the rooms, only in the public area.

None of the staff were very friendly or made any attempt to provide us with information or maps, or to attempt to speak English.

Because the hotel was a long way out of town, it was not actually very convenient as a base to visit Cuenca, which was our main reason for staying. We chose to eat in town as we had read bad reviews of the meals, and also because they were busy with the wedding, but we decided the next day to breakfast at the hotel, because there was not much other choice.

But the breakfast at 8 euro was very good, very extensive choices of muesli, yoghurt, cheese, meats, and hot food, though the decaf coffee was only instant.

Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, England
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21 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2012

It's an attractive old hotel, with a nice dining courtyard. But it could be a lot better than it is and it's very over-priced for what you get - poor value. The room was small and with no air conditioning was uncomfortable in the heat. The reception could be a lot more friendly and helpful, but that doesn't seem to be a natural talent. The waiters also are blank and surly. The internet is infuriatingly slow and unreliable - and when reporting it down to reception just a shrug in response. The pool should be good - that was the main reason we stayed there, but the loungers are so old and uncomfortable you end up with a bad back. At the weekend it was just a local public pool with the loungers taken by large family groups, with the bar/restaurant area likewise taken over by large noisy groups with kids. Maybe ok for a one night stay but sounds and looks a lot better than the reality.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Corsham, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2012

The good things were the lovely location, just outside Cuenca, quiet and peaceful, with attractive courtyard for a drink. The swimming pool was closed as out of season, but would be large and a great place to sunbathe around. Room was clean and comfy, so it was fine for an overnight stay, taking in Cuence on route.
The bad things were the unhelpful and downright surly and rude staff (everyone we had contact with was short tempered and even made serving a beer seem an outrageous request). Food was not great in the restaurant, but that could have been our poor choice. As no-one spoke any English and certainly weren't prepared to help us out with our limited Spanish it was pure guesswork! The whole place seemed tired and had seen better days, although that could be because we early in the season? But our room was dark and full of gloomy furniture, and a tiny TV on the wall, so far from the bed it would have been impossible to watch, had we wanted to.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Setubal, Portugal
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Reviewed 15 April 2012

We stayed for only one night and the days were rainy, not allowing to use outdoor facilities, like swiming pool or tennis courts. Nevertheless the rooms are very big and well recovered, perfect if you have two teenagers and want some privacy. Wonderful ambiance. It's a good place to stay if you want to visit not only historical Cuenca but also the surroundings and the enchanted city. It's away from Cuenca but there are a lot of signs even in the city, it's easy to drive and along the way pay attention to the impressive rock formations on the side of the road.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Madrid, Spain
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49 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2012

A friendly reception, nice building, nice decoration, just clean bedroom with small bathroom. The food was very good and people friendly, nice spanish modern food for slightly over average price, some places were you can try to relaxe at the same time that children shout and run, the snooker table was nice not so the snooker cues. fine place near Cuenca, to have breakfast an relax during night, nice views from some rooms, peacefull and quiet. I will repeat

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Salamanca, Spain
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2010

After a spectacular drive to the hotel we were looking forward to somethig special.From the outside the hotel looks very nice however we were rather disappointed. We were greeted at reception by a rather offhand man who obviously wanted to be doing something else. We found our room which was Ok apart from the hole in the bathroom wall . A walk around the gardens should have been beautiful but again disappointed with piles of dirty plastic chairs and a general air of neglect. The staff in the bar were surly to the point of rudeness and their idea of clearing tables was to sweep the rubbish on to the floor. Dinner did not start at 8-30 as advertised and when we asked when it would start we were told to wait and then plunged into darkness and left to find our way out of the room. The only redeeming feature was breakfast which was very good

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Cueva Del Fraile
Address: Ctra de Buenache, Km 7, 16001 Cuenca, Spain
Region: Spain > Castile-La Mancha > Province of Cuenca > Cuenca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #9 of 11 Hotels in Cuenca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Cueva Del Fraile 3*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This monastic hotel from the xvi century is located in the heart of the tourist road arround cuenca. Just 5 km. Away the old town and in between of a huge private land of 600 has., the hotel offers free parking,gardens , barbacue, pools, tenis, soccer and padel courts ... more   less 
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