Parador de Cadiz
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... singing out front of a cafe. He didn´t have a noticeable accent, so I stopped to talk to him and listen to him play. We hung out at a cafe until they kicked us out. Turns out he´s from England. He writes his own music. He teaches guitar, Spanish and English. He was one of the most interesting people I have met.
The wildlife is one of the those attractive aspects of life here in Andalucia. The province around Ronda is a limestone bowl which brings fresh water springs, amazing rock formations and huge lushness. Its not golden brown yet - its green! Two huge blue/black carpenter bees have just hovered past my head, I can hear the gobble of red legged partridges in the field and brightly coloured bee catcher birds hover by the river. I have the company of four completely different domestic dogs ...
Today we stopped at Cadiz, Spain. It is an island just off
the coast of Spain and just outside the Straight of Gibraltar. The weather is
slightly overcast, with gusts of wind, but generally mild. We didn’t take a
tour with the ship, instead we ‘winged’ it. Guenther loves to do this. I, of
course, had to at least get a map of the town.
Here is a little history of Cadiz:
Cadiz is the ...
... was one of my favorite days so far while being over here in Europe! To get into the city, pedestrians had to simply cross the airport runway. There simply wasn't any other room build it on the little territory. Whenever a plane landed or took off, railroad crossing-like blockades would come down to stop the traffic. The city was very overpriced, but I suppose that can be expected. We ate at a British tavern with… you guessed it!… Fish and Chips.
The main ...
... was refreshing.
Dinner was in Compass Rose with our old friends Liz and Samione. We met them early on in the cruise and we had some catching up to do. We had a great time and wonderful conversations. We seem to laugh a lot with them.
The show tonight was an English fellow that performed magic and was a comedian as well. He performed the rope trick and card tricks. He was quite entertaining and Rich and I enjoyed his show.
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Recently stayed 2 nights at the parador in Cadiz. While the location is lovely and the sea promenade impressive, our room had a decidedly '70's look. Perhaps the "superior" rooms were nicer. The beds were quite uncomfortable. Other than that, staff was helpful, the breakfast buffet (included in our rate) was plentiful and varied, rooms and bathrooms were spacious and clean. Cadiz itself was a bit of a disappointment as were the coastal drive to Tarife (whence you can see Morocco only 8 miles away) and the beaches.
After reading all the previous reviews about the hotel Atlantico, the Cadiz Parador we decided to stay there on a 5 night special offer deal in April. Although the hotel looks very modern compared to other Paradors its location within the old town was very convenient. The staff were friendly and helpful and the rooms were very clean, (fresh sheets everyday). Ours had sea views and sunset into our window each evening, these rooms are in the tallest building of the hotel facing south west. The choice at the breakfast buffet was excellent with everything from a cooked breakfast to fresh fruit/juice to choose from. Although there are tapas bars all around Cadiz, (there is a very good one called the Cathedral in Cathedral square) we used to eat at the cafe within the hotel most nights as we went out for the day and usually got back late, the tapas at the hotel was excellent as there was a different choice of six every night to choose from. 8 Euros for 4 served with breadrolls and bread sticks, there were also lovely ice creams and cakes so it was a bit of a feast every night for us.
Good if you like the rather eastern-block Parador style
Paradors are generally very hotel-like. Very formal, not much personal touch and eastern-blocks... well blocks. This one was absolutely fine but next time we're going to take the risk and stay in smaller, less known but more... well... real places.
We recently returned from Spain this month and stayed two nights at the Hotel Atlantico Parador. We had a lovely room with a view of the Ocean. Each room has a small balcony with a table and two chairs. The room was very simple, but very comfortable. Our rate included breakfast which was absolutely excellent. There was a bit of noise above us, due to the hardwood floors, which I think another user spoke about. Just bring some earplugs and you will be fine. The location is wonderful; it's only about a 15 minute walk to the Plaza de Mina or Plaza de San Francisco areas, which have great bars and restaurants. We had tapas and some cocktails at the Hotel Bar, tapas were so so. There is a lovely Promenade that runs along the water and you can walk for miles and miles. I would definitely stay here again.
This is the only Parador we have visited, and we were intitially disappointed that it was clearly modern from the brochure. However, it really is a terrific hotel, with lovely, spacious rooms, all looking out into the ocean, plus a nice terrace for sunbathing by the pool if the city is too hot, and the beach too windy! The position is perfect, and the highlight of the stay was that the tariff came with various free tickets (the camera obscura is a must) plus a dinner menu degustacion of various local specialities (I still think about the sea urchin gratin, and the porridge ice cream with nougat), which made our stay extremely good value as well. I loved the small touches like a free book of short stories by the bed to improve my Spanish. We will definitely return!
Unlike other Paradors
This is a modern Parador in the best area of Cadiz which is a very interesting city/port. Large, comfortable rooms with sea views. Good buffet breakfast in a rather soulless restaurant. Wonderful gardens running down to a view over the Atlantic. Enormous swimming pool. Eat somewhere in town then come back and watch the beautiful sunsets or as this is southern Spain - vice versa
Worth staying for a few days to explore the sites of the city.
Reasonable price for this standard of comfort and quality
Recently stayed a Sunday and Monday night at this Parador. We were very pleased. Beautiful rooms, nice shower with 3 shower heads, a bidet, marble floors throughtout, nice view of the sea and the park was right outside our balcony and there were alot of birds singing and green parrots. The food in the dining room was very excellent and so was Isabel our server. The service in the outdoor lounge patio was a little slow and the tapas were just ok. Wonderful olives served. Great starting point for historic Cadiz which is so close. We didn't have reservations and they had room. Very fortunate. There was one odd thing....Both nights at about 2:00 am there was this very strong odiferous smell coming from outside that smelled like the sewer. We couldn't keep our balcony door open. It literally gagged me. But the smell was gone in the morning. Not sure where this came from? Was disapointed that we couldn't keep our door open for sea air. But would stay there again. Didn't ask anyone what it could have been being we were english speaking.
we had a junior suite on third floor. Rooms have parquet wooden floors so it constantly sounded like people above were flamenco dancing as they walked about in the late and early hours. the pool is outdoor and too cold for an october break. The sauna is big enough for two( the size of a shed iin the garden) and the gym is a few machines on top floor with no air conditioning. As a parador, I was grossly disappointed. I have stayed in better 5 star elsewhere in the world for half the price. Wake up Spanish Government! I would not recommend or go back there again!
The Atlantico is a good quality hotel with a lovely view over the sea.
It is close enough to the historic centre (no more than 5-10 minutes walk) and has pretty much all the amenities you'd need. Rooms are big, with roomy balconies and nice bathrooms. There is a nice pool overlooking the ocean, a classy bar and excellent restaurant.
I went on the Discover Cadiz promotion: this included breakfasts and a first class "degustacion" dinner along with entry to all the main monuments of interest - well worth taking them up on if it is on!
A perfect view of the sea....
This modern hotel was a perfect place in a perfect town. Cadiz is so beautifully perserved that it is a must see in any trip to Spain. The hotel was comfortable, each room with a balcony(ours overlooked the ocean and I think they all did), the pool was clean with an ocean view, the breakfast was fantastic....so much to choose from. Besides that the restaurant was mediocre and expensive, but the staff was more than willing to make suggestions for other places to eat as well as what sights to see. They were super helpful and friendly. I highly recommend this hotel.