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Hospederia Convento de la Parra
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Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

5 stars for the hotel, 5 star for the staff, 3 stars for the restaurant. If you appreciate "barefoot luxury", this is your place - or "sandal luxury", more to the point. This convent was respectfully renovated in the late 90s (owned at the time by the village, with management by a well known family in the culture/fashion/entertainment business and local ties) and its initial spirit has been maintained by the current owners (a local family owning 4 hotels in the region).
I spent a whole morning reading on one of the loungers around the cloister, with the sound of trickling water, the orange trees, the jasmine, the whitewashed walls, twittering birds. Basic furniture, just mattresses and throws, simple industrial lamps.
Then I moved on to the pool corner and dozed off after a tray of lunch. Attentive staff will bring you drinks and snacks anywhere in the building with a big smile (call reception).
The restaurant is not tops, but if you stick to basics you'll be well served. The free range eggs were great, the steak was not.
When you order think: village products, no perishables unless cheap to replace or they'll be frozen; no complex preparation required or they will be pre-prepared. The regional cheese and ham on offer are world-class, although locals will tell you there are even better options (but won't tell you where find them!).
The dreadful, terrible, boring decor in the bar/restaurant area gives you an indication of the damage that current management could inflict on the rest of the building if they decided to "update" the rooms. Let's hope they don't.
The short wine selection is cleverly chosen; some are listed at over three times the retail price, but if you taste them you'll think they are worth it; they are; so note the names, go to a wine shop and bring a box back home.

Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Charles_architect
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Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Wonderfully rebuilt abbey into a modern retro style hotel. No one would expect such a quality hotel in such a small village. Excellent service, good cuisine, parking, pool etc. Very worthwhile to stop-over.

Stayed: April 2017, travelled solo
Thank Daniel L
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Reviewed 6 July 2016

We arrived after a challenging drive up narrow streets to the place. It is not well sign posted so arrive in daylight.
The rooms are clean but small, no air-condition so summer heat (40+°C) can be challenging. The pool is small so best when the guests are few. It's a small short length pool more for dipping and cooling yourself rather than swimming.
Minimal staff -who worked hard multitasking to keep the place running. They kindly provided an earlier breakfast we had to leave early.
Wifi is weak with poor bandwidth. Better to use your own 3G or 4G cellular connection.

Room Tip: All rooms are quiet in keeping with the theme of a former convent.
  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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Thank James K
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Reviewed 2 May 2016

What a surprise when we entered, This is an exceptional place to relax. Situated in a quiet village In beautiful countryside, yet near enough to the beautiful small town of Zafra. Hospederia made us very welcome and the staff are so helpful, they could not do enough for us. We ate in the restaurant both nights and were not disappointed - the food was fantastic. We will be back soon.

Room Tip: The rooms are so inviting, You will relax well here.
Stayed: April 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank wilsonjames794
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Reviewed 13 October 2015

We tried to get into the Parador at Zafra but it was booked solid. So were all the other hotels in town. Then it started to rain buckets. When we found that there was one room left at the Convent in Parra, we set out (about 15 mins) for it. After driving through teensy back streets in Parra, we arrived at the understated address. But when the big doors swung open to reveal the charming anteroom and they welcomed us in, it was a sweet surprise. The central courtyard is surrounded by simple but elegant white-washed rooms where you can almost feel a sacred presence. Towels are huge and fluffy and are embroidered with Vive Despacio. The interior of our room had a smooth vaulted ceiling and walls and ceiling were white stucco that fairly glowed. A peaceful, natural, quiet sleep and good food in the dining room if you can wait until 9:30 to eat.

  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled as a couple
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Thank Randy S
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