Hacienda Zorita Wine Hotel & Spa
What We Love
- Savoring exquisite regional specialties made with ingredients grown on the property
- Sampling the estate's finest bottles, with a wine tasting in the atmospheric cellar
- The charm and romance of this historic estate, a Small Luxury Hotel of the World
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Hacienda Zorita Wine Hotel & Spa sits along the Tormes River, in western Spain’s “Land of Bread and Wine,” a name that refers to the flourishing farms and world-class vineyards of this breathtaking region. The estate is also just a 20-minute drive from the heart of Salamanca, known as the “Golden City” and one of the finest Renaissance towns in Europe. So whether you’re taking day trips around the region, strolling along the banks of the river or simply kicking back on a sun lounger with a good book or a tasty cocktail, the laid-back vibes and gorgeous scenery of this inviting destination are sure to help you relax and recharge.
As a luxurious country estate, the property itself has quite a bit to offer, as well. More than living up to the region’s culinary heritage, the exquisite restaurant offers a menu of regional specialties featuring ingredients grown on site. You’ll also have a chance to experience the real highlight of this TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner – its impressive wine cellar, where tastings show off the estate’s finest vintages. In fact, the wine culture here extends beyond just dining – visit the hotel’s luxurious spa and treat yourself to an exfoliating and age-defying vinotherapy treatment. Bathing yourself in wine? Now that’s luxury.
Standard rooms here are beautifully decorated in a laid-back, traditional style. Tiled floors and artisan wood furnishings add to the Mediterranean vibe, and you’ll have 260 square feet of space to stretch out in.
You’ll be dining on delicious Spanish and Mediterranean dishes, with ingredients sourced directly from the hotel’s own organic farm. Meals are served al fresco or in the communal dining room, which is styled after the traditional Dominican refectories. Elsewhere, Wine & Dine bar serves casual meals and cocktails.
You can ease into a blissful Spanish siesta at the hotel’s own Wine Spa, which offers natural vinotherapy – spa relaxation with the help of the local grapes – as well as soothing massage treatments. The spa also features a lovely bath area that’s perfect for cooling off on balmy days.
Salamanca is widely regarded as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and was constructed almost entirely in locally mined sandstone, which gives off a golden glow as the sun goes down. The Old City was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1988, and notable highlights include the old and new cathedrals, the highly original House of Shells and the university – one of the oldest in the world.
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excellent, amazing place, impecable service, dont miss it! so peaceful, great food, and extremely reasonable for the abundance of what you're getting. had a great dinner, lucious breakfast, and they have a massive winery for wine tasting
This was the second time we’d stayed at Hacienda Zorita. We enjoyed it so much the first time that we decided to go back and even upgraded our room. But it didn’t go well. When we arrived, though after check in time, our room wasn’t ready. We were told to go and have a drink in the bar and they would come and get us. They didn’t. After an hour I check and the room was ready, so I had to go and find someone to give us the key. The room was nice, but surprisingly, our garden villa didn’t have wi-fi. In face only the main building seemed to have wi-fi, not the waterside tables. We went to sit at one of those tables, as it was a lovely evening. It was about 6.30pm and we decided to have a bottle of water before ordering any wine and supper. Not so easy. No sign of any waiters. Some of the other tables were occupied, and after a while, a waiter appeared with coffee for them. After he delivered the coffee, we called to him and asked if we could order something. He sort of made a noise, but kept going. 20 mins later, he came back and we ordered a bottle of water. It took 15-20 mins before the water -tepid - arrived. He disappeared, never to be seen again. About 7.30 having seen no other staff, we decided it would be nice to order. My husband had to go hunting for menus. He told a waitress inside that we’d like to order soon. She did come out, and we ordered wine, a starter and a main course. The wine appeared fairly swiftly, but it was a good 45 minutes before the food arrived. And then it all arrived together - starters and mains, the waitress just shrugged and said that the kitchen had given it to her all at once. That was the last we say of any staff. We ate, and it was good, but no-one came to clear, no-one asked if we’d like dessert or coffee. About 9.30 we went back to our room. Not what I’d expect from a hotel advertising itself as a small luxury hotel of the world, tho interestingly it is no longer listed on that website. I did email Hotel Zorita to give them an opportunity to comment, but no reply, not even an acknowledgement. Our visit was early October, so not super busy. Think they must be short staffed, or maybe the staff don’t care.
We spent two nights here and left a little underwhelmed by the experience. We could have stayed at one of the fine hotels in Salamanca, but the bucolic countryside setting (and history) really appealed to us.
Check in went smoothly and Ferdinand (intern) was very helpful in getting us oriented and treated us to a nice, cool glass of Rueda.
In my initial correspondence with the hotel I asked for a room in the Casa Grande on an upper floor, but we were instead taken to a "villa" right behind reception. It was not a villa, per se, but actually just a room along with two others that shared a small courtyard with a plunge pool. Another couple was relaxing at the pool, with some laundry (underwear) air drying on the chairs, so we asked to be shown another room with more privacy. We finally ended up in #34 (Merlot) which was very spacious, and was essentially a suite with separate sitting and sleeping rooms. As others have noted, these are very rustic rooms (I'm fine with that), but they do need updating. The door locks are very antiquated, the sisal rug in the sitting area was quite soiled and the sofa cushions look plump until you sit there and they flatten out. Unlike the other rooms we were shown, #34 does not have a tiled walk-in shower, but a jetted tub with a shower wand. There were so many niggles that should have been attended to, e.g., the door knob fell off the bathroom door; the closest was devoid of hangers. Yes, try to imagine a 5-star hotel that didn't have a single hanger in the closet. There is a coffee machine in the room, but they nickel and dime you if you exceed your daily ration of three capsules. 5-stars? Luxurious? Not.
The complimentary wine tasting was outstanding. I believe the gentleman's name was Esteban, but I'm not 100% certain. Anyway, he conducted a very comprehensive tasting, in fluent English, no less. The wines were O.K., but fairly unremarkable, especially the crianza which was still fairly tannic.
Dinner started out fine; the young lady started us off with all the basics, but the server didn't speak English, so he spent most of his time conversing with a Spanish couple at another table and we had to flag him down every single time we needed him for something.
Breakfast was the least satisfying of the five different hotels we stayed at during our trip in Castille y Leone (and I'm surprised at the rave reviews I read for Zorita). Our biggest complaint was the fruit; it had obviously been cut up the night before, e.g., the pineapple slices had already oxidized, i.e., started turning brown. Not very appetizing and not experienced at any other hotel. If you want a hot egg dish you have to order it off of a paid a la carte menu. Again, we did not experience that in any of the other hotels we stayed at.
All in all this is a nice hotel, but manage your expectations. A beautiful, historic setting with lots of character, but it lacks the polish and attention to detail that you would expect of a hotel at this price break.