Hostal del Cardenal
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHostal del Cardenal Toledo
Such a beautiful hotel - almost like a castle. I was amazed, and the beds were so comfortable I could have slept for a year.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hostal del Cardenal Toledo
A Hotel That Redefines Excellence
We stayed at Cardenal one night in July 2003. From the moment we entered the gates of the spacious grounds we knew we were in a special place. The hotel is a former cardinal's sprawling palace set on several acres of walled-in lawn and garden. Staff is friendly and attentive.
Our room was nothing special but it was a good size, clean and functional. There was a beautiful glassed-in courtyard directly across the hall. Breakfast is served in what must hage been the cardinal's living room. The buffet contains a limited selection but is very high in quality. Perhaps the best coffee we had anywhere in Spain. The hotel is located directly below and outside the plateau on which the city is located. (In fact, the back of the hotel seems to be built into the city wall.) There's a secure underground parking lot only steps away from the hotel. There are two ways to visit the city from the hotel.
Facing the hotel, you can turn right and take an escalator into the city. We found this to be the less colorful and more confusing choice.
The better option is to turn left and walk up the circular main road.
This gives you a great view of the countryside and takes you directly to nice shops and the cathedral. There is an ourdoor restaurant on hotel grounds that is owned independently of the hotel. With white tablecloths and tuxedoed waiters it looked promising. But the food reminded me of a college cafeteria. Nothing beats the Parador as the best location for views of Toledo, but Cardenal is an excellent second choice, particularly if you want to be within walking distance of the city center and at the same time away from the congestion of the city.
Yes, we would stay here again!
Couldn't be better
Saw this hotel in a guidebook, went straight to Toledo after getting off of the plane in Madrid. Exhausted and no reservation, I called anyway, and they were delightful to deal with both on the phone and in person. Invited me to come right away, even though it wasn't even check in time yet. Beautiful gardens in the city walls. The room was lovely, small, but fastidious, plenty of hot water and ambiance to spare. The location may not be perfect, but Toledo is so small (the parts that you wish to see) that you can walk to all of them anyway. I've reccomended this hotel to EVERYONE I know who is going to Toledo.
Solid choice; not great location
Nice, solid hotel. Not much in the way of amenities -- mainly a place to sleep. If location is important to you, consider looking for something a little more centrally located. The walk to/from the center of town is manageable, but in retrospect, we wish we had stayed at a hotel that was closer to the center (it would have made it easier for us to take a quick break or to drop off/pick up items from our room).
Quiet elegance, historic rooms
We stayed here two years ago and what a treat. The gardent and setting were wonderful. The service unbeatable and the rooms were spacious and historically decorated to prefection. It was a bit dark but like staying in a museum with all the amneities. I highly recommend it.
Most pleasant experience
Historic ambience; friendly staff; true value; excellent restaurant; in reasonable walking distance to the sights, make our family stay here memorable. Parking managable, but whatever inconvenience one might encounter is a small price for the experience.
One of the best values in Spain.
We spent two weeks in Spain in October, and Hostal Cardinal was our favorite hotel. Located just inside the city wall, the hotel had a 15th-century feel to it, with touches of Moorish decor and relaxing courtyards inside and out. Our rooms was spacious and tastefully decorated. The heavy, hand-carved door was a work of art in itself. The adjoining restaurant served us our favorite dinner, too, turning an otherwise unassuming Toledo peasant fare into a memorable culinary experience. For less than 100 euros a night, this hotel is a great value. The only drawback? We could only stay one night.
Wonderful small hotel in one of Spain's great cities
Toledo is the proverbial must-see for anyone traveling in Spain, but usually as a day trip for those based in Madrid. I'd suggest you stay a night in Toledo and tour the city in a leisurely fashion and, of course, recommend you stay at this hotel. Rooms were spacious and the air-conditioning effective (important in the summer; it was over 100 degrees the day we were there). The building - the tiled interior, the stone exterior, the inner courtyards, and the (small) grounds with fountains - is beautiful. My only complaint is a minor one: the hotel is located right inside the walls surrounding the old city, not necessarily the most central location. Fortunately, the old city is so small this is a moot point. When you leave the hotel, you find one of the impressive gates into the city to your right (a good photo op) and, more important, an escalator up to the old city to your left (a lifesaver in the sun). I think the restaurant on the grounds is run by the same family that runs Botin in Madrid - no matter, this is infinitely superior to its big city counterpart. The hotel staff was attentive, going so far as to mail a teddy bear left by my daughter back to us in the U.S. The price of around EU$100 per room plus another EU$25(?) for an extra bed, was well worth it given the combined charms of the city and the hotel, and for the ability to tour Toledo at the slow pace it merits.
Beautiful, but the staff a little chilly
The garden setting and the building are absolutely gorgeous and add a great deal to the experience of a Toledo stay. My room was in the back, on the ground floor, which meant that it was a little dark (it directly faced the city wall). Staff was a little stiff and formal, but everything was done well. Located next to the multi-story escalator which goes up the city wall. Very good value for what you get. The adjacent restaurant is under different management, and its great reputation is not deserved.
Great Place to Stay in Toledo
The place was absolutely excellent, and entirely worth the price (100 euros/night). The rooms are beautifully furnished with antique details throughout. You could almost feel the ghost of the old Cardinal of Sevilla. The restaurant was also great, and I don't think overrated. By far the best food we ate in Sevilla. The grounds are awesome, the staff helpful. Overall I would not hesitate for a second to stay there again. Highly recommended.
A trusted destination
Whenever I fly into Madrid, the first thing I do is hop on a bus and go to Toledo, then go to the Hostal del Cardenal. After all the stress of travelling, it's great to go somewhere I know will be friendly, comfortable, and pleasant. The grounds of the hotel are beautiful, with gardens and water trickling around. The room I stayed in last time had windows out to a little courtyard, where turtles sunned themselves in the afternoons. The room was very comfortable, clean, and spacious. I definitely recommend this hotel. Also, get a reservation and eat at the restaurant across the courtyard (separate management). My only complaint is that hallways smell a little musty. But I guess that's not such a bad price to pay to stay in such a lovely old building.
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Okay, well I'm a day late and a dollar short for yesterday's blog post - but it wasn't really my fault. The hotel Wifi was kind of iffy and my laptop would not connect to it. Anyway...
Where we stayed, Hostal del Cardenal, was beyond amazing. It was a beautiful castle-like building surrounded by gardens and a fancy restaurant. The room smelled …
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... metals). Ian had to settle for a wooden sword because his parents would not allow him to have what he wanted: a real sword to be brought home. I got a beautiful knife to use in my Spain kitchen then to take home for my real kitchen. We then started to make our way back to the bus station just in time to catch the 10PM bus back to Madrid. The kids were exhausted and the parents were ready to get home and have a very cold, refreshing caña!
... San Ildefonso
Of all the churches we visited during our brief visit to Toledo this was my favourite - the imposing doors, the simple but elegant nave, the gallery and of course the views from the tower. The tower of the iglesia de San Ildefonso is the highest point in the city and so not only provides a magnificent view of the roof tops but also the Cathedral and the Alcázar.
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... Monarchs/Royal Family finally united Spain into one country and as the Spaniards like to say kicked the Arabs out. The Alhambra (a fortress) was built by the Muslims starting in 711 and was conquered by Spain in 1492! Yes the same year that Queen Isabella gave Columbus the charter to sail for the Indies west across the Atlantic Ocean!
Ok more about the Alhambra tomorrow for now its sleepy time for me!