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Hotel Puerta de la Luna

 
Spain   Andalucia   Baeza   Why Andalucia?
Granada 100km
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44
 

 

 

Reviewed by Michael Soffe


RENAISSANCE OF AN OLD BUILDING ...........

Wow! That’s the impression that you get as you walk into the reception of Puerta de la Luna. This is one of the few exceptions to our “No Hotels under 30 bedrooms" rule, but it is so special that it has to be included in a website dedicated to amazing Hotels. It has 44 bedrooms, but they are split between three interlinked buildings and you never feel that you are in a larger Hotel than those we normally feature. The town of Baeza is a hidden gem of Andalucia – recently declared a Unesco World Heritage Site (along with its neighbouring town of Ubeda just ten minutes drive away). The historic quarter contains an impressive collection of beautifully reformed Renaissance buildings. As you wander the narrow cobbled alleyways you will be constantly delighted as they open out onto squares and gardens containing magnificent churches and palaces. At the highest point of the town, in one of these small alleyways near the cathedral lies the unassuming entrance to the 17th century Cannon’s Palace that has been transformed into this truly wonderful Hotel.

The jaw-dropping covered patio that forms part of the reception area is one of the most beautiful examples of a restored palace that I have seen. Enormous oak beams abound and are interspersed with natural stone, neutral coloured paints and cream fabrics. Add to this, the latest high-tech, discreetly placed spot lighting and you end up with a theatrical set by day or night. I hope the architect won an award or two! I could wax lyrically about this patio for pages, but your eye is drawn immediately to a further outdoor patio and garden. French lavender bushes planted alongside the inviting swimming pool somehow fit perfectly within the period of the building. This patio too comes alive at night (when dinner is served outside in the warmer months) thanks again to the brilliant use of theatrical lighting. The wow factor just goes on and on!

The bedrooms are sumptuous. Scattered amongst the three buildings around the outdoor patio, all are different in shape or size, but again, neutral colours, stone, wood and terracotta make them all extremely pleasing to the eye. Restful. Some have working fireplaces. There are three spacious Master Suites and two Junior Suites with jacuzzis. Unusually there are also six single rooms. There is also a specially wheelchair accessible room. All are excellently equipped: Satellite TV, Wi-Fi, Heating, Air-Con, Safe, Minbar, Bathrobes, Slippers and hairdryer. There is even a pillow menu to ensure you get a good nights sleep.

On the ground floor there is a small spa with a Sauna, Turkish bath, Jacuzzi and Gymnasium. Massages are available on request.

Service is excellent with cheerful, smiling and genuinely happy staff. Attention to detail is exquisite. The restaurant has gained a very good reputation and is frequented by locals as well as Hotel guests. It serves Mediterranean cuisine.

An ideal hotel for a city break in an historic city: Lovers of architecture will be enthralled – 80 minutes from the No-frills destination airport of Granada. A must on the cultural route of Andalucia and remarkably good value. I know Hotels of this standard that charge double the price!

Outdoor swimming Pool
Restaurant
Sauna/Jacuzzi
Massage on request

 

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