As with so many Paradors in Spain, the location is sensational, but the hotel is let down by its slovenly service and hide-bound, rules-based Stalinist culture. Someone really ought to get a grip on these hotels, as they could be so much better. Having said that, this is a perfectly acceptable mountain hotel (only 3 star, not a top-rated Parador), with comfortable rooms. The food is quite acceptable at breakfast, and really rather good for dinner. There are quite a few public rooms which are left empty with no staff in attendance, while the pre-dinner bar area is cramped, small and unattractive, with no view. Service, as already hinted, varies from very pleasant to surly and 'couldn't care less'. For a mountain hotel, it is remarkable that there are no walking guides or suggestions in the hotel, and the staff appear to know nothing about local walks (or perhaps just can't be bothered to tell you).
If you do want a superb walk, take the cable car from just opposite the hotel up to the top, then walk up the gentle incline for 15 minutes, then bear right to descend into the next valley. Walk through the lodge car park and continue down the path, turning right at the bottom. Walk along until you come to a crumbling gateway, then go right over the little footbridge, carefully pick your way down the steep path to the stream at the bottom, then turn right and walk through the woods all the way back to the Parador - once you see the cable car off to your right, after a further hour or so, look for a small track on the right just past a power pylon and then next to a 5 bar gate. This will take you back to the Parador, which has a private entrance gate off the path at the side of the hotel (not that the staff would ever tell you....). The whole trip takes about 5 hours with the odd break.
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