I have stayed at Paradores all over Spain and generally found them to be acceptable.
Some better than others; they fall down at times on the service compared to the hotel chains but I have been told by several of their employees ' because once employed in the parador organization you can't get sacked!'. O.K. the off hand manner of a lot of their staff can be just about accepted; the food has been - at times - complete garbage to superb!; but the one always outstanding feature of paradores has been the maintenance, upkeep and cleanliness of the bathrooms. My last stay at a parador - Parador Ayamonte - was very disapointing in this aspect. The bathroom was 'very tired looking'. Black mouldy grouting around the tiles and sinks; peeling paintwork on the door frames; radiators that could not be turned off; air conditioning that spluttered; and worst of all, a general sewage smell all the time. The maid - like all parador maids - tried her best and kept sparkling what parts of the area she could. A valiant attempt but bound to fail!
It was obvious that the whole hotel was due for a complete make-over. Badly damaged and scratched doors, worn carpets, sagging sofas, tiled tables with tiles missing; but in spite of all this what pulled it through was the friendliness of the staff and the very good food. It was the Christmas period and they did well.
I accepted the hotels shortfalls because I was there and as stated the service was good and the food and drink flowed as it would at that time of year. However, I was determined to write to the parador organization - praise what deserved praise and point out the obvious down side of my stay. Unfortunately, I was informed that all the bathrooms had been recently renovated and as far as the organization was concerned the hotel was upto standard. I am sad to say - who's standard. Certainly not the fine standard I have experienced at many paradores; it seems that like a lot of outfits the paradores are going the same way. Get 'em in! Get 'em out! and if they don't come back so what! As for me I won't be going back; and certainly not back to the Parador Ayamonte.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A priviledge viewpoint, the Parador overlooks the marshy landscape sketched by the course of the Guadiana and the Atlantic coast. Modernity can be found in the drawing rooms and living rooms, blessedly lit by the sun of Ayamonte and simplicity of the shades, with peaceful sensitivity. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Parador De Hotel Ayamonte