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“Great spa and rooms, beautiful buildings” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Balneario de Mondariz

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Balneario de Mondariz
Ranked #4 of 29 Hotels in Pontevedra
Paris, France
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105 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Great spa and rooms, beautiful buildings”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2012

The hotel and Spa are beautiful, and surrounded by the original buildings, made me really think about how it was in the old days...5 star service and wonderful breakfast. Great area for kids, included in the price, with personnel. Stayed in 2 different rooms, both beautiful and big and not noisy, wonderful beds. Very nice waiters, nice food at restaurant also. We are alll looking forward another stay.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Madrid
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30 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2011

We chose this hotel because it's pretty renown and the overall experience was very good.

The Hotel.
The hotel is made up of three buildings that were reformed about 10 years ago. The buildings are lovely as well as its neighborhoods. I read many reviewers talking about "complicated access to the room": to be fair, it must be told that the three building are each on a different corner of a small crossroad. I suppose that the "complicated" access people is talking about is simply the little network of underground corridors that connects each building with one another. I don't know if people preferred crossing a rainy Galician road with only the bathrobe on and the hotel flip-flops, but to me it's just "good logistics".
Anyway, the rooms were spacious, bright and clean, with a small terrace facing the park behind the hotel and the view was lovely. The furniture was pretty simple but new, and the room was equipped with a flat screen television, a mini-bar and the heating/air conditioning system. The bathroom was spacious and equipped with everything you need. The personnel even provided me some extras because I forgot my beauty case at home and I was not charged for it.

The Restaurant.
The restaurant is good quality but pretty expensive (around 30 Eur per meal per person) and features an "internationalized" version of the typical Galician cuisine. The restaurant personnel if very kind and the maître is very professional.
It's probably worth reserving a room with half board and having a meal in one of the other (and cheaper) restaurant of the village. They're worth having a try, anyway.

Bars and Other Services.
The hotel has got a nice bar with live piano music in the week end (on a great, ancient and limited series Steinway & Sons piano). The bar features a lovely terrace just in front of the hotel outdoor pool.
During the weekend, an Italian Restaurant is available with hand made pizzas and other typical italian dishes.
The hotel has got an entertaining zone for kids, although this is not the kind of place where I'd took any children to and, indeed, there were very few of them.

The Spa.
The hotel pools aren't just a conventional spa. This hotel is built on a spring of thermal water and you can take advantage of them not only accessing the spa (called "Palacio del agua", which is roughly "Water Palace") but with a series of treatment packages as well. It's cheaper to include in the boarding price since it's pretty much cheaper. A single access to the spa costs around 20 Eur each and if you're willing to try some thermal treatments (we did, and they're worth trying) it's cheaper to buy one of the packages that the hotel offers.
The spa is pretty big: the ground floor offers a nice and big pool with the typical water jets you can find in a spa and a couple of different kinds of saunas. In the second floor you can find other saunas, an external thermal pool and a relaxing zone. The view from the spa is beautiful: the roof is a crystal dome and one of the external wall is made of glass panels from which you can see the hotel park.
At some hours the spa can indeed be crowded but we never had any problems with it: it's big enough and you're never waiting too much time.

The Treatments.
We chose this hotel because of its thermal waters and we weren't mistaken. We chose the relaxing treatments package (about 400 Eur each: 3 nights stay with half board) and it was up to our expectations. The daily treatment lasted about one hour and a half and it was performed in individual bathtubs with real thermal water. It was the first time for my girlfriend and she was surprised about the water color and its "rusty" smell: but that's what raw thermal water is supposed to be.

The Village.
The surrounding areas are lovely: it's a typical small galician village, built around the hotel, in the middle of the green. If you like walking, there are plenty of paths to explore. And if you don't like walking that much, it takes only a couple of minutes to reach the nearby river and enjoy some relaxing views of the greenest landscapes you can find in Spain. Galicia, moreover, it's an amazing country to discover, too much for this commentary to be exhaustive: if you feel like it, places such as Santiago de Compostela are pretty near (about 100km).

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank emcrisostomo
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39 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2010

I was expecting better when comingo to the Balneario with my husband.
We had to wait a lot for check in and then were given a room in an adjacent building with complicated access (you have to go down in an elevator, and then cross a long corridor with stairs and you carry your own luggage!). The room was in the 6th floor and so hot hat I come to reception and asked for another room. The second room was in the main building, nothing special but ok.
Th hotel was full of people of middle/low class. For breakfast there were lost of people and some buffets had nothing at all! Bad experience! We had dinner in the hotel, is was good but very expensive: 95 euros, a bottle of alvarino wine 20 euros!
The spa treatment are extra charge but we enjoyd the massages. However, the pools and gym (Palacio del Agua) are also extra charge and this is not reasonable; we are in a termal place, the inside pools should be included in the room price!
In global, a medium hotel, three stars was enough for the service you get!

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Maia
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80 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2009

This was the second time this year we have been in Hotel Balneario de Mondariz. Our stay last September was more pleasant than December one, because of the weather which able us to get sun and use exterior swiming pool (free of charge for guests) but also because Palacio de Agua (Water Palace) facilities (SPA) was not full.
I guess this weekend (05 to 08 December) and because of bank holidays, the hotel was full so waiting for a while to get a table for breakfast. Breakfast is good but maybe not up to a standard 4 start level hotel.
Rooms are big, corfortable, clean with small windows, sleeping very well and calm.
Palacio de Agua is the name for the SPA, with many water jets, jacuzzis, bubbles beds, etc as well humid and dry saunas, where you can stay and use for a maximum of 3 hours, this of course if you book the room with SPA otherwise you must pay around EUR 25,00.
They have too a Celtic Bath but I did not try.
The surroundings are beautiful and you can walk in the forest following some tracks or join the ones the hotel promotes.
Hotel restaurant is very expensive, about EUR 39,00 per person, so we went to nearby restaurant were you could eat well about half of the price.
There is a bar too where, at night, you can enjoy a piano and violin session while enjoying a drink.
If I repeat the experience, yes with good weather and profiting of promotions like "Valores Anadidos" the hotel does sometimes, otherwise is expensive.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Porto
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11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2009

We went to Mondariz in a week-end and we stayed in Gran Hotel. The Hotel is not a 4 stars, it has some minor details that co promise the 4*: shower curtain, bad insonorization, old decoration, but at least the room had a lot of space. The Palacio del Aqua is like a massive destruction SPA. Loads of children screaming, too much people for the small space available. The pool is an interesting concept, but with less 50% of occupation... The outside warm pool would be very nice with less customers. The only fine hour to visit is from 20:00 until 01:00. Yes it is open until that hour and is the only possible period to relax and enjoy...

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank cmgdo
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Property: Balneario de Mondariz
Address: Avenida Enrique Peinador s/n | Pontevedra, 36890 Pontevedra, Spain
Region: Spain > Galicia > Province of Pontevedra > Pontevedra
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 29 Hotels in Pontevedra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Balneario de Mondariz 4*
Number of rooms: 194
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