Hospes Palacio de Arenales
What We Love
- A charming stay in the Spanish countryside, with a welcome drink, spa perks and a breakfast option Staying in the beautiful Spanish countryside and getting some quality R&R
- Relaxing by the pool with headphones on and a drink in hand
- Indulging in a hydrotherapy treatment at the hotel's spa – and enjoying a discount
What To Know
- The hotel is located 10 minutes from the center of Cáceres, a UNESCO World Heritage site
- You'll be greeted with a glass of cava upon arrival
- Onsite Spa Bodyna offers health and beauty treatments
The gorgeous and recently renovated Hospes Palacio de Arenales was once the home of a very noble family, but this 17th century historic residence is now a luxurious hotel, complete with its very own spa and relaxation-inducing wellness centre. A night or two here will take you back to the stress-free existence of the 17th century itself, with a few more mod-cons, of course.
Your stay in a Deluxe Room also includes a delicious buffet breakfast, a welcome drink to see you in, in style, complimentary Wi-fi and use of the swimming pool. You could also choose to read a book in the garden, hang out on the terrace or enjoy a scrumptious dinner in the on-site restaurant, ZERUA.
Don’t forget to make the most of the spa and wellness centre either. The hydrothermal circuit (not from the 17th century) features the very latestin technology and you can also take advantage of a number of pampering opportunities and beauty treatments.
How to Get There
Arrived 3 hours late off ferry at Santander and had long drive with boat-trailer to hotel. Arrived at midnight to warm welcome. Upgraded. Very comfortable. Underground secure car park very useful. Located just off the motorway this quality hotel makes a first class pitstop enroute to Gibraltar and the Costa del Sol.
We booked this hotel for three nights so that we could explore Cáceres, and to enjoy the spa facilities. We enjoyed the hotel and its surroundings. The staff were very helpful and the rooms were comfortable and quiet. The spa was a nice feature since it was November we were able to enjoy the indoor pool, sauna and steam room. The breakfast buffet had many items to select from and was fresh and well presented. We would definitely return to this hotel if we are in the area .
Last minute booking but a great find especially because we were travelling with our dog. Really easy to locate the hotel and a lovely welcome at reception. Room was superb and even had a dog bed, dog bowl and treat which was amazing because our booking was very last minute. Sat outside in a pretty courtyard enjoying delicious local wines. We ate from the bar menu and the food was very Spanish and very tasty.
A very positive experience in a lovely hotel with an interesting history. So much so we have booked it for our return to the UK in December. Well worth a stopover!!
When we arrived there was someone directly to help unload the luggage! Our room was very spacious and in the bathroom was provided, even toothpaste and brushes. The access to the spa was included in the room rate, in the spa there was even crushed ice! You have to put on a swimming cap in the spa for hygienic reasons.Breakfast buffet was excellent, we can highly recommend this hotel !!
It is such a shame that this hotel has problems with the basic rules of food health and safety and general rules for dogs staying at the property.
The rooms are clean as are the public areas inside the hotel. However...... this is one of the worst breakfasts offered in any hotel, let alone a 5* rated hotel.
The yogurts (as you can see from the photos), are placed on an old wooden crate. No refrigeration. This is a BIG no no. As with the cheeses and meats. In the heat of the summer, with the outside terrace doors open, the restaurant is warm. The food gets to above the temperature of safe conservation.
In fact the yogurts are taken from the fridge, placed on the crate for a few hours, brought to an elevated room temperature and then refrigerated again for the next day. How am I so sure...the foil lids of the yogurts became blown out. Obvious sign of bacteria. If that was not bad enough, some of the yogurts we out of date.
So, couldn't eat the yogurts or cheeses for breakfast, neither the poor selection of fruit. Every day rotten peaches were placed on a plate. No wonder no-one ever took them. Cereals too were not an option. Not enough to go around. Layed out in small containers.
The other major problem of the hotel is the dogs. I don't mind that dogs are allowed, but I do mind if they have access to all areas, such as the swimming pool.
Around the swimming pool, there is artificial grass. A dog, was allowed into the area of the pool with it's owners, where it proceeded to urinate on the artificial grass. Disgusting. This happened on the penultimate day of the holiday. Needless to say, we left the pool area and didn't return. A shame as I feel we lost out on a day by the pool.
The hotel aspires to be a luxury property but it is seriously failing on basic rules of hygiene.
Another tip for ladies traveling to the hotel. The wardrobe space does not permit for dresses, long skirts or jumpsuits to be hung. I mean, who provides wardrobes where you can't hang clothes?