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Parador de Pontevedra
Ranked #1 of 25 Hotels in Pontevedra
Reviewed 26 October 2013

We stayed here on day 8 of walking the Camino. It is located in town which is a bonus. It's a fantastic old building full of charm. You definitely get a historical sense of what life was like staying here. The down side, is that the rooms are tired, and the beds and pillows are terrible. Be aware, that if you drive here, there is no real parking for this property, so ask about that when you make a reservation.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

I have stayed at the Parador de Pontevedra twice for business trips and find the old buildings beautiful and the interior well preserved and decorated to match the building with heavy chandeliers and dark wooden furniture in authentic Spanish style. You feel like you are in an old castle or monastary. The employees at the hotel are all very friendly and speak sufficient english. The rooms are large and have modern bathrooms and amenities. Notice that the windows in some of the rooms on the lower floors do not open, because they face the street or garden areas. Generally quiet location in a narrow street without traffic. Parking can be difficult. Wifi is only available in the lobby area.
Only had drinks and tapas/snacks in the restaurant, but they were very good. Breakfast is also nice with Spanish specialties like tortilla and churros - be sure to try the freshly squeezed orange juice. However, as a business traveler the opening hours of the breakfast (8-11) are a bit late.
The hotel is located near the city centre with romatic narrow streets, nice tapas bars and restaurants.
Would like to come back here and stay privately some day.

Room Tip: Get a room on the 3rd or 4th floor if you want to be sure that you can open the windows
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled on business
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1  Thank Dittelund
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Reviewed 31 August 2013

Pontevedra we visited for the first and last time. It joins the “new” Antequera on the list of only two Paradors to which we will never return. Parking is a nightmare. There are ten places and, once the car was parked, we abandoned it for the three days we were there. We asked about parking - the alternatives are a multi-storey for 11.50 Euros a night or an open public car park across the river. If driving an English car in the near future, beware! Gibraltar is all over the front pages and the graffiti artists have added “¡Gibraltar Español!” to their repertoire and there is, I am afraid, a bit of anti English feeling around. Watch out for more than usually bad road hog behaviour and don’t leave an English car in open “non-vigilado” car parks. However, it was at Pontevedra that we first encountered the disaster that seems to be the new policy in some Paradors … very limited cafeteria style food. The only thing it has in common with the proper Parador catering is the expense! Gone are the tablecloths, the chargers, the service, the excellent wines, the “propisito de menu” and instead they offer a menu that fits on one side of A4. The only meat on offer was veal (one turns into a veal calf if not careful these days in Spain), a Hamburger (sic and sick!) - just over a quarter pounder for 16.50 Euros, and what they call a “sartén” - a small meal cooked in a handle-less frying pan. I had this. Two nicely fried eggs (OK) three pieces of chorizo not longer than 3 cm. each and - wait for it - eight (8!) chips. We did not eat there again. We shall not return.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank FredandMouse
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

I liked this place. Fodor’s described it as a haunted house and I thought that was a bit harsh. But later I thought it does have that look…but it’s a way-cool haunted house! Example: the stairs in this bldg. are strange, not a single set of stairs to the 4th floor, but at least 3 different sets of stairs. Quirky…. but fun and charming. Not a run-down or Miss Havisham type haunted house!

Our room was nice. It looked over the garden with real windows that open fully. Furnishings had a old world feel to them (not worn, just old world). The bedspreads give the room a dowdy look, but otherwise the rooms have a historic feel to them. Bathroom is good sized and modern. Not as nice as Baiona or Santiago de Compostela, but perfectly fine.

To me, breakfast was not as good as other Paradors; it didn’t have as many choices. In addition, the espresso machine (that is present in the other Paradors) was not working—a pod was stuck inside. Staff seemed overworked at breakfast…just one very nice woman getting coffee /tea and no self serve coffee or tea station. Starts at 8am and they will not clear you out until noon! Breakfast is 16 euro…you can probably do much better in town. Everything in this town is so close that it would be a fun and easy stroll to have breakfast out. I’d definitely skip the Parador breakfast next time.

Free wifi is available in lounges, not in breakfast room or in guest rooms. A little annoying.

Lovely garden and multiple patios, house goes on and on with interesting spaces/rooms to explore.

BIG WARNING: Do not plan a trip to Pontevedra the first two weekends in August: the Festival of Peregrinos brings a 1000+ loud, drunken kids to the old city. The Lonely Planet Guide referred to it as a “funfest.” Don’t believe it. These kids travel in groups and wear matching t-shirts with cute mottos that pretty much say “Let’s get wasted!” They party all along the small pedestrian streets of the old city, each swinging a 2-liter bottle of booze and acting like complete idiots. It was like spring break goes nuts in Pontevedra. Broken glass all over the place, guys openly urinating in the narrow pedestrian streets, and bad, bad, teenage/college behavior—they were like pack animals. It was so bad we almost checked out; but it was too late and we decided to spend the next day outside of the city. Fortunately, by Monday they were gone.

What a shame because Pontevedra is a beautiful little town. It has a vibrant outdoor dining culture that is charming. The main square (Praza de Ferraria) is lovely at night. I really can’t believe that the town council allows these groups to come to their city and foul it up for two days. The old city has such beautiful quaint, spaces but these small spaces really amplify the drunken behavior into mob behavior. It was a horrible weekend.

Food: There’s a great serve yourself gelato place on Pza de Ferraria called La Metro. Prza de Lena has a really nice outdoor ambiance—smaller and tamer than the Pza de Verdura (next to the Hotel Rua).

Consider having dinner out in Combarra. It’s got a beautiful pedestrian walkway on the shore that is so quaint…with tons of open air eating places. Really nice! Not much else to do there but eat!

Isla de Ons makes for a good day outing. Be forewarned that the most beautiful beach Playa de Melide is also a nudist beach. Most people are wearing swim suits, but there are quite a few topless women and completely nude dudes. Lots of families too. The water is gorgeous but it may not be for you! There are other beaches too, so no worries. Hikes around the island are nice and provide great vistas of the ocean and the mainland.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 August 2013

Parador de Pontevedra

We stayed here for three nights in early August. It’s a wonderful old mansion of a building, with a sort of labyrinthine design and a lot of beautiful old furniture and nice art on the walls. As with other paradors I’ve stayed in, it has quite a number of sitting rooms scattered about. The location is excellent, right in the old city of Pontevedra. I read some reviews describing it as dark and unpleasant, but I loved it – so much charm.

The one problem we had with Pontevedra was certainly not the fault of the parador. On Saturday and Sunday, August 3-4, there was a bullfight in town and apparently large groups of young people like to follow bullfights and crash the town in a huge drunken street party. So first imagine a beautiful ancient city with tight alleyways and pretty architecture and nice restaurants and bars, and then imagine it again with thousands of 20-year-olds wearing t-shirts glorifying drunkenness, carrying bottles, making a lot of noise, peeing on the walls, etc. It was ridiculous and horrible and if I ever consider returning to Pontevedra I will do my best to find out if the same thing will be happening before I make a reservation.

There are two ways to book a room in a parador and you can find them both online in the US. One is to call the Parador office in Spain (www.parador.es/en); they speak English and are very helpful. (You can’t do much on that web site besides find the number to call in Spain.) If you book through the office in Spain you can cancel your booking up to five days before your stay without paying anything; after that you will forfeit what you have paid. Another way is through a US parador agent (www.paradorsofspain.com) that will give you the option of paying with a US credit card, in dollars, which means you don’t have to pay a foreign exchange fee if your credit card requires that. (By the way, it’s not hard to get a card that doesn’t have a foreign exchange fee and it can save a lot of money on a trip overseas. It’s important to know before you go if your card will charge foreign exchange fees.) The agent in the US is excellent and very helpful but there is one annoying thing on the web site that it is important to know about. If you pay in dollars your rate is locked in, which is good, but if you then change your reservation there can be a hefty fee. The web site says there is no cancellation fee, but there is a “service fee” that can really add up - $50 or 7% per booking, whichever is more. You have to look carefully to find this on the web site – it says in bigger letters that there is no cancellation fee and in smaller letters that there is a service fee that somehow is considered different from a cancellation fee. (It sure seems like the same thing to me but they say their lawyers made them do this.) There is a good reason for the service fee – they have to bear the cost of the foreign exchange transaction and then they have to change it back in order to give you a refund. So they face real costs, but I would be happier about it if it were better advertised. Anyway, it’s good to be aware of this up front. Another important thing with the US representative is that you have to cancel within three days or lose everything

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank andnobodyknows
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Reviewed 9 August 2013

the paradoe is in the middle of the ancient town, this one is actually in town (a lot of paradores are out of town). 20min walk from the station (thank you smart phone!), but it allowed me to get a first taste of the gorgeous centre.
Beautiful builfing, really nice room and decent sized bathroom.
very kind check in and out service.
breakfast good, buffet, but a pretty good spread of products

I was there fro Penas, a big party in august (first day of steer fighting), so loads of kids partying, drunk etc (fun actually) but still had a good nights sleep!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank srm_56347
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

Having read some recent reviews on this Parador, I think some travelers need to be more realistic. All the Paradors in Spain are in historic locations, often in the middle of cities and/or historic sites. If you want a big parking area for your humvee, don't go to a Parador - the monks in the middle ages were more modest in their travel. If you want charm, a historic setting, right in the middle of the old city, this Parador is for you.
The room was big, well furnished (couch, desk, two twin beds pushed together (typical of Spain), a large bath with all the extras you need, etc.). The Internet doesn't work in the rooms, but if you're on vacation, this is a good thing.
We ate dinner in the restaurant, which is reasonably priced. We forgot the Spanish ate meat and fish much more well done than the French (where we live). The tuna fish was too done as was the veal, but we should have ordered things rare rather then medium. (Good for Americans though, who eat much like the Spanish.) The waiter and the maitre d' were professional, and the woman, who buses, always smiling and helpful. She deserves a raise!
The night we were there was a big "fiesta". We were surprised at the sound-proofing of the room.
While the price is not cheap, it is not expensive either and well worth the stay.

Room Tip: All the rooms are good. Don't take the elevator and explore the premises. You'll be pleasant...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Chris W
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Address: Rua Baron 19, 36002 Pontevedra, Spain
Region: Spain > Galicia > Province of Pontevedra > Pontevedra
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 25 Hotels in Pontevedra
Price Range: £59 - £86 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Parador de Pontevedra 4*
Number of rooms: 47
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