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Review of Hotel El Cortijo La Prensa

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Review posted 1/6/2009 view all
Angelesesp from La Herradura, Granada
A great place to retreat to
This could be a lengthy review as there is so much that is good to report on El Cortijo La Prensa.
Travel directions are good and the meandering roads through hilly olive groves on the final few kilometres helps a wonderful feeling of "escape" and retreat to settle.
From the moment of booking directly there was a real sense of friendliness, helpfulness and promptness from Manuel. Always a good sign.
I was met by the manager David whose warm welcome hit the right note; efficient, friendly, and hospitable.
My bedroom was really spacious, well appointed AND with fresh flowers. As a Scot I miss my tea making facilities in Spanish hotels so to have this provided here was unexpected and a superb touch. Bed was how I imagine "grandma's feather bed" - big, comfy and cosy.
The whole place was clean and thoughtfully laid out and appointed. Being the Christmas season, the Cortijo was tastefully adorned with nativity decoration . It was clear that great thought had gone into this. It felt as if the decorations were respectful of their purpose at this time of year. And the open log fire was a real treat.
Dining was quite an experience - restaurant beautifully presented, tableware and decor excellent. And the food - probably the best I have experienced in many a country, not just Spain - the presentation was awesome, and the food flavours and the sauces out of this world. Try the olive ice cream!
Service from the barman / waiter Juan was simply first rate professionalism - impeccable in balancing friendliness with effectiveness.
I had the good fortune to be there when the English owners were present - their hospitality and kindness to me as a solo traveller was much appreciated. They truly fit the description of "mine hosts par excellence."
All the staff work well as a team to make this a wondeful venue for a long weekend away, a retreat, or even to base guests and hold a function such as a wedding.
To top it all, the massage by Gonzalo and his wife Maite, was powerful in the extreme.
High standards and excellent friendly service must surely contribute to El Cortijo becoming more and more successful.
Thank you all.
Month and year of stay:
December 2008
Length of stay:
3 nights
Recommend hotel for:
singles,couples,older gay
Describe the hotel:
Would I stay at hotel again?
Absolutely
My ratings on the following categories:
FIRST IMPRESSIONS
Rate the reservation process, either on-line or by phone.
Were the staff helpful and welcoming?
Exceptional
CURB APPEAL AND LOCATION
Was the property well located and externally attractive?
Exceptional
CHECK-IN
Was it welcoming, informative and painless?
Were the staff able to devote time to answer all your questions?
Exceptional
COMFORT AND CLEANLINESS
Was the bed comfortable, and the room and bathroom
well appointed and clean?
Exceptional
STAFF
Were the staff friendly, helpful and efficient?
Exceptional
DINING
Did the quality of breakfast or other dining services
meet your expectations?
Exceptional
DETAILS
How were the little personal touches that make all the difference?
Exceptional
VALUE FOR MONEY
Was your stay appropriately priced for what you received?
Exceptional

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