We stayed here for 10 days in June after travelling around Spain by train. Peniscola shares a train station with the nearby town of Benicarlo and we had to travel by taxi to the hotel but there's a taxi rank outside the station so that wasn't a problem.
We had booked our room by email after discovering a recommendation for the hotel in a DK travel book for Spain and also after reading the reviews here and it was everything we'd hoped for.
Emails were responded to promptly and gave us useful advice. We requested a sea view room on an upper floor and our room - overlooking the pool - also had an excellent view of the castle, which was definitely a bonus. We struggled to find reviews of the food here so we could not decide whether to stay B&B or half-board but the staff happily agreed to let us choose when we arrived and could see a sample menu. Menus are available every afternoon and, during our stay at least they were written in English as well as Spanish. Each day there was a choice of 3 or 4 starters, main courses and desserts and food was of a very good quality. The difference in cost of staying B&B and half-board was the princely sum of 11Euros per person so we ate the evening meal throughout our stay. From about mid-June the restaurant offers a buffet instead of waiter service but the choice is still good and we never regretted our decision to stay half-board.
The breakfast selection was reasonable with the usual pastries, yoghurt, bread, cooked meats, cheeses, bacon, chorizo sausages and slices of tortilla, fresh fruit and cereal - though the cornflakes were tasteless and a bit like cardboard!
The pool and surrounding areas were well-maintained with sunbeds available most of the times we wanted to use them; on the rare occasions they were all taken we went over the road to the hotel-owned sunbeds on the beach which were available free of charge.
Our room was perhaps a little dark, with too much furniture in it so it seemed crowded although it was a decent size. It also had a mini-bar and a safe, which was free and the room was spotlessly clean - as were all of the other areas in the hotel. Each morning there were lots of cleaners working in the public areas and all around the reception desk. A good wi-fi signal was available throughout the hotel.
The staff on reception were always very helpful and because I speak a little Spanish always tried to make sure I understood them when they replied to my queries but they also understood me when I had to resort to speaking in English.
I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again and look forward to doing so at some point in the future.
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