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... walls, but the lack of finances prevented them from completing it and today's cathedral consists of the two churches joined at the hip, so to speak.
Lunch was at a local 4 star hotel that served an excellent paella, accompanied by many salads and decent red and white Spanish wines. Needless to say most of us slept soundly on the return trip to the ship!
Tomorrow we start heading back down river as we work our way back to Porto in a few days.
... during XVI - XVIII centuries. As you have to pay entrance to each Cathedral we were advised to pay to go up the tower instead as you get to see the inside of each Cathedral on the way up. The last part up the spiral stairway was regulated with traffic lights as the stairwell was too narrow to cross each other. Enjoying the views up the top we soon realised it was midday when the bells started ringing ...
... that had been issued automatically and headed off. At the next one we paid someone, got off the highway, seemed to do u-turn to get back on to it at the same place and immediately paid another toll. Not sure Billy got this right! Then there was the final toll booth where we were just asked for more money. In total we paid 20 euros. May try to avoid these in future but having said that the highway was of course excellent and with a 120 ...
... I’ve been here. All the forecasts were predicting a "storm" – turns out in Spain, a storm means “a light downpour.” It was hilarious to see everyone running for cover when it was only sprinkling.
Yesterday Mariló did my laundry for me while I was at school. I was only gone 4 to 5 hours, during which time she washed everything and hung it outside to dry – when I got home ...
... that is in one of the churches.
This part of Spain has a very dry atmosphere and despite the age of the art and architecture in this area, very little has needed any preservation. Today's viewing of the El Greco was amazing because despite it being completed in 1588, it looks as though it was painted yesterday. Unfortunately we were unable to take photos so you will have to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Rector Salamanca
Wonderful building, lovely room, staff could not have been more pleasant and helpful. Room was delightful and had view of cathedral towers. Only minor drawback: the bed was a bit of a hammock. Apart from that I would thoroughly recommend this hotel and only wish we could have stayed longer.
This is a lovely, small and classy hotel. We stayed here for two nights. The staff were very friendly and the rooms spotless. We seemed to be the only people staying there!
On the downside we booked this hotel on a website that guaranteed a rate of 239 Euros for a double room including breakfast and tax. However, when we checked out we were charged an extra 40 Euros for breakfast plus 7% tax. There is also a charge of 10 Euros plus tax for car parking. If we knew breakfast was not included we would have gone elsewhere as it is a not very special atall (rolls cheese and jam).
We stayed here on Nov. 25 2004. This is the best hotel room we ever had. This hotel is a jewel. We stayed in a standard room which is much more that any super deluxe room in any other hotel. Rooms are big, super clean and elegant. The bathroom is so clean and shiny that you can eat of the floor (as the saying goes). One of the owners greet you at the door and even park my car for me. The other owners did all the paperwork and cerry our stuff to the room and even refused to take any tip.
It is hard to explain the feeling of wellcome in this hotel, you have to be there to understand. Forget all the big fancy hotels, if you have to stay in Salamanca, you must try this place. Staying there is not a stay it's an event!!!
The only thing we did not like is the breakfast which was realy bad (for the price) but even this can not take away from the charm and the perfection of a stay at this place, just ask the owner and they will tell you the best breakfast places in the area, and even point it to you on a map. The hotel is 10 minutes walk from the center of town and all the food, shopping and attractions. This place is a must!!!
Agree that Hotel Rector accommodations, location, and staff are the best!
We loved our stay here in October 2004 and agree wholeheartedly with the comments about the pleasant staff. The hotel also has a great, secure parking garage located just behind it.
Marvelous people work at Hotel Rector
Some of the nicest people in the world work here. They appear to care about Salamanca and about your stay in their fine city. We stayed 2 nights and had a wonderful time. We dropped off our son who stayed for several weeks in Salamanca (but not Hotel Rector). When he had problems with directions, he returned to Hotel Rector where they remembered him, treated him like family, and gave him reliable help.
The only place to stay in Salamanca
We (wife and 3 adult children) stayed here for 3 nights from July 29 to Aug 1st in a double and a triple. This was easily the best hotel we stayed at in Spain. We stayed at the Weston Palace in Madrid, the AC Palacio de San Estabon in Salamanca, the Meson del Cid in Burgos and the Hotel Infanta Isabel in Segovia, only the Palace compares and nothing compares to the pleasant owners and service provided at the Hotel Rector. Stay here, you'll like it. Definitely a 4 star hotel that should be rated a five.
A great experience
Stayed in Hotel Rector in May for 2 nights. . Booked the suite which was very comfortable, spacious and clean. Owner and staff are particularly friendly and helpful - can't say enough good things about them. An excellent base to tour Salamanca for a couple of days.
Absolutely loved Hotel Rector
Would be my choice of hotel again and again - luxuriously affordable. Very convenient, super comfortable; and the staff were so friendly & very helpful.
Cleanliness is next to......
The staff were very helpful. The rooms were immaculate.On leaving the hotel for a couple of hours , on our return , the rooms had been recleaned .This occurred throughout our stay. The hotel is a short walk away from the heart of the historic centre. We stayed in the standard rooms which were good , especially the marbled bathroom. If you can afford the suites , I would plump for their luxury , but you won't feel underchanged by the standard rooms.The beds were very comfortable.
Overall , a peaceful retreat , in a beautiful old city
Very attentive service, beautiful and large rooms and baths at a bargain rate. Excellent location, private garage, quiet boutique hotel. A wonderful stay in every way. For $170, we had a suite, with separate living area, huge marble bath, 2 full size beds. From elegant linens to comfortable sitting in the lobby, you won't forget this place. Great restaurants are within walking distance, and a lovely wine shop is 2 doors down. Walk to all sites.