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“Very comfortable junior suite”
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Hotel Florida
Javea, Spain
Level 6 Contributor
161 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Very comfortable junior suite”
Reviewed 22 April 2013

I think this hotel can be judged in different ways, according to the room in which you stay. We were lucky to have room 114, a very large room with a big, comfortable double bed, huge bathroom with a jacuzzi bath and separate power shower and two large basins. A fridge is provided and a flat screen TV with some English language channels. The room has incredible views of the Monastery. Decor a bit tired but perfectly OK.
I imagine that if you stayed in some of the rooms used by other contributors your opinion could be completely different.
Breakfast was a bit of a joke, the waiter, although pleasant, was completely dopey and didn't seem to understand "bacon", same word in English and Spanish. Very basic breakfast, could do a lot better.
Reception staff friendly and helpful, parking OK once you know the ropes, park opposite, unload your luggage, get directions to the garage from reception, no problem.
We paid 110 euros for the room including breakfast and 10 euros for 1 night's parking, reasonable prices for such a tourist attraction area.
Be sure to visit both the Royal Monastery, best time is around 6.00pm to avoid the crowds and The Valley of the Fallen, very near to El Escorial, both very creepy places.

Room Tip: Room 114 or the room directly above.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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BESTWESTERNFLORIDA, Director Comercial at Hotel Florida, responded to this review, 8 May 2013
Dear Mr. Charlie,
Thank you very much for the time you took for writting about your experience in our hotel. This type of information is very helpful for us and allow us to improve the quality of our services.
We apologize for the misunderstading you refer at your comment. We will work on it so it won't happen with any customer again.
We thank you again for choosing us as your Hotel and invite to visit us again any time. We will be happy to serve you again.
Best regards.

Pedro Muñoz Perez
Best Western Hotel Florida
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Vigo
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15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2012

Just in front of El Escorial: with wonderful morning views.
Family rooms are large and nice. The rest of the hotel is just average

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Liverpool, UK
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2011

We were attending a friend's retirement party not far from El Escorial and stayed at the Florida as it was the only hotel we could find with accommodation.
Other reviewers had summed up the hotel adequately so our expectations were not high and that proved to be the case.
Our big issue was, after booking a double room, being given a single room with a double bed crammed into it (without a word of apology from the staff- perhaps they thought we would not notice) .
Fortunately we did not spend much time at the hotel. If returning to El Escorial I would certainly try to find a different hotel.

Room Tip: Ensure you get a double ROOM - not just a double bed!
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jeff_HLiverpool_UK
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Travellers are raving about these San Lorenzo de El Escorial hotels

Texas
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814 reviews
88 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 437 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2011

I am at a conference in SL El Escorial in Spain and the organizers put all lecturers in the Hotel Florida (yes, I had no choice). Unfortunately, the conference center is undergoing renovations and so not all participants could stay there. Where should I start...

The rooms are not clean. I am very allergic to mites and started breaking out the first night. The rooms do not look anything like what is shown in the pictures. They are old, dark and small. The bathrooms are tiny and if you want to wipe your bum, you better be a young flexible lad to reach the TP.

The hotel has no features, the breakfast is the biggest joke I have ever experienced. A slice of toast, a tiny cup of OJ (not fresh) and tea/coffee. The service is immensely incompetent. Yesterday it took me 3 times ordering until I got what I wanted (yes, I am a native Spanish speaker). Today it was a whopping 5 times and in the end, after waiting for 25 minutes that left me with 5 to eat my food. Did I mention the toast was burnt? See photo.

Stay away. I see no reason to stay there again. Ever.

Room Tip: book another hotel.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled on business
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2 Thank HelmutsFoodPorn
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switzerland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2009

The employee at the reception desk was very unfriendly. A young man who just cashed our money without any type of greeting or thanks (we are Spanish, it was not a language issue). We asked him the timetable for the trains, he told us to look at the local newspaper. The rooms are very noisy, you can hear your neighbors talk. Everything needs to be cleaned up, repainted, renovated. Breakfast is served at the bar wich is not confortable at all for a family with children.

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled with family
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Thank loginpermanente
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Copenhagen, Denmark
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2006

A stay at the Best Western Florida gives you a nice stay with ok sized rooms in a quiet town. Rooms size is ok, beds and tv are small, but ok. the rooms are clean and the staff is friendly and gives themselves time to help you, which is appreciated as a tourist.

  • Liked — cleanliness, staff
  • Disliked — to remote from madrid
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled on business
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Thank KBLA
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England
Level 6 Contributor
96 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2005

You couldn't get a better location than this small friendly hotel only minutes from the Monastery of San Lorenzo. The twin room we stayed in was spotless and had a well-equipped mini-bar that didn't break the bank. The heating system was excellent. (A great relief as our visit was in February during the coldest weather and heaviest snowfall seen for thirty years).

We tried breakfast in the small restaurant adjoining the cafeteria and tapas in the latter and both were tasty, economically priced and served by a very pleasant camarero. This hotel was a much nicer experience than many four star establishments but the big problem is that there is no parking or garage. We had to park in a parking bay on the street opposite the hotel or in a public car park around the corner. Neither of these were a cheap option and the street parking required regular euro top ups.

However, El Escorial is well worth a visit if you like religious art and have an interest in tombs, as the Monastery is awash with both and it is only a short drive to Franco's burial place at the Valle de Los Caidos. Both proved to be a fascinating if eerie experience given the wintry weather and lack of tourists.

The town itself has many good restaurants, obviously catering to visiting madrilenos, and some quirky local bars and cafes. The plethora of graffiti which is becoming noticeable in many Spanish towns is a disappointment. I wouldn't plan to spend more than one or two nights here unless you intend to use this as a base to tour the other historical towns of Avila, Toledo, Salamanca and Segovia and then a hotel with better parking would be appropriate. However, there is a good rail and bus service directly into Madrid if you prefer not to risk the ever increasingly complicated road system which now surrounds Madrid.

  • Stayed February 2005
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9 Thank Teabag
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Property: Hotel Florida
Address: Calle Floridablanca 12-14, 28200 San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain (Formerly Best Western Hotel Florida)
Region: Spain > Community of Madrid > San Lorenzo de El Escorial
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Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in San Lorenzo de El Escorial
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Florida 3*
Number of rooms: 50
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