The Parador is excellent. It is an old Convent, so the building itself is everything you would dream a Parador would be. It also happens to have the best views of Cuenca old town, as it is situated on a gorge separated by the Town by a narrow footbridge. There is adequate parking, or at least we found there was and we were there in July which I assume is the busiest time. The staff were very helpful. The room was great and very comfortable. The breakfast was very good, and the dining room is very ornate. There is a lovely courtyard in the middle. As with all Paradors, the Dinner Menu has local specialities of the Region. Unfortunately as we were only there for 2 days, we didn't get a chance to sample these as we spent our evenings in Cuenca Old Town.
Unique Quality: You feel the history when you stay here. It feels almost as if you're taking a step back in time, but not in a bad way. As I mentioend above, it also has the best views of Cuenca's famous Hanging Houses.
This location turned out to be not the best of choices for us.
Not because we had a smallish room that looked into an inner courtyard, across which many occupants could be seen almost hanging out of their windows trying to get a signal on mobile phones then shouted very loudly when they succeeded.
Nor because the hotel seemed to lack that special something that we had found in other paradors - but because the only way into the town on foot was to walk through the tunnel in the cliff on the opposite side of the Gorge across the 100 years + metal bridge .
Not the ideal moment for my husband to discover he had a touch of vertigo.
I had wanted to eat in the hanging house restaurant just through the tunnel but I thought crossing the bridge in the dark might be one crossing too many .
So we ate in the hotels rather splendid restaurant and enjoyed an appropriately wintery main dish of stew which seemed a little inadequate in the baronial surroundings which we had almost to ourselves on a Thursday night in March.
The following morning we enjoyed an excellent Parador buffet breakfast before continuing our journey.
I think Parador accomodations in Spain are well known to many travellers out and inside vt. This one in Cuenca is located overlooking the Gorges of Huecar. A beautiful and imposing 16th century buliding of the Convent of San Pablo turned to a four-stars parador. From here, you will enjoy a spectacular views of the famous Casa Colgadas and Cuenca town and the gorge. This parador has only 62 rooms and reservation is much recommended. Through writings, i've learned that Prince Felipe of Spain and Princess Letizia has stayed here on one of their honeymoon nights. I haven't been here but my inlaws had enjoyed their stay.
The situation of this Parador is ideal. Views on the old town and the famous "casas colgadas" accessible in a few minutes via the bridge on the ravine of the Huecar.
This former convent of San Pablo possesses an elegant and sober facade joined to the church of the convent.
Inside the hotel beautiful patio around of which develop galleries and chambers on 3 floors. Rooms with "view" have a magnificent sight on the old town on the other side of the ravine.
Kind and efficient receptionists speaking some English.
The car park can be problematic. Indeed in front of the entrance there are only a dozen spaces. Otherwise it is necessary to park in the street. The Parador has however a garage for about thirty cars at 15€/24H.
The buffet breakfast was quite correct as most often in the Paradors with a good choice of fresh fruit.
La situation de ce Parador est idéale. Vue sur la vieille ville et les célèbres "casas colgadas" accessible en quelque minutes via la passerelle sur le ravin du Huecar.
Cet ancien couvent de San Pablo possède une façade élégante dans sa sobriété accolée à l'église du couvent. Cette église est un musée d'art (très) contemporain avec de belles ogives gothiques. A l'intérieur de l'hôtel beau patio ouvert autour duquel se développent les galeries et chambres aux 3 étages. Les chambres avec "vue" apportent effectivement une superbe vue sur la vieille ville de l'autre côté du ravin.
Nous avions une chambre de type supérieur au 3ème étage avec vue directe sur les "casas colgadas" belle lumière au matin et éclairage artificiel féerique le soir. Grande chambre avec porte sur le hall parfaitement calme de jour comme de nuit.
Réception aimable et efficace parlant l'anglais, une employée parlait quelque peu le français.
Les Paradors ont mis en application la nouvelle loi espagnole sur les espaces fumeur/non-fumeurs mais quoique nous avions une chambre non-fumeur le couloir sentait la fumée de cigarettes qui entrait malgré tout dans notre chambre. L'Espagne a difficile à se défaire de sa culture "fumador".
Le parking peut être problématique. En effet l'espace privé face à l'entrée ne comporte qu'une dizaine de places. Sinon il faut parquer dans la rue vite envahie par les visiteurs qui utilisent la passerelle. Le Parador comporte cependant un garage d'une trentaine de places à 15 € les 24 heures.
Sauf le petit déjeuner, tout à fait correct avec un bon choix de fruits frais, nous avons mangé en ville notamment dans la casa colgada, curiosité touristique oblige.
Whilst we were there, the Parador was being renovated, so it was relatively cheap (it was also ver low season).
The room was pleasant and pretty similar to a business class of hotel.
Unique Quality: The building itself is pretty spectacular, and well worth looking inside even if you choose not to stay there.
I honestly don't remember what we paid, but it was cheaper than normal, and I expect this place isn't cheap normally! But it would be nice to stay one night there!
The old convent of Saint Paul has been turned into a comfortable Parador which offers some of the best views on the old city, as it is located in the opposite side of the canyon. The Parador is easily connected to the old city via the pedestrian Saint Paul's bridge.
Unique Quality: The rooms and service are average for what you expect in this kind of establishments belonging to the State-run hotel chain: traditional and comfortable decoration in a historical framework, relaxing atmosphere, helpful but distant and discreet staff and good gastronomy based on the local specialities.
In the case of Cuenca, the best thing of the Parador is the possibility to have a room with a view of the hanging houses, which are the ones you should opt for.
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Help, please. I cannot find accommodations on Thursday, September 20 for 2 adults and our 16 year old son. Any ideas? We will not have a car.
Perhaps you're having trouble because the 20th of September 2008 is a Saturday and not Thursday.
BTW, is this Cuenca, SPAIN or Cuenca, ECUADOR you're looking at ?
I agree with one of the previous suggestions, we stayed at the Hostal Posada de San Jose a couple of years ago and it was a beautiful place, full of character with amazing views over the valley.
The web link is http://www.posadasanjose.com/home_en.html, and you can view their rooms and rates.
The telephone number is: 969 311 300
Have fun, best wishes
OK see your point Barbara, but he's still got either the date or the day wrong.
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Address: Subida a San Pablo s/n, Cuenca, Castile-La Mancha, 16001, Spain