The title comes from what I believe to be an Irish saying implying a karmic relationship amongst us. We had high expectations of the Palacio Guzmanes based upon the photographs published by the facility and I readily acknowledge that from a broad perspective of the entrance and courtyard, the facility is very attractive with expansive views of the surrounding olive tree orchards.
Our first cautionary note after confirming our room was a phone call from Booking.com reporting that the hotel would not accept our Amex card....that which had been used to secure the confirmation.
We were ushered to our room by a pleasant young woman who had taken our Visa with apologies regarding the undisclosed policy regarding Amex. The door was opened and I was dismayed. I understood this to be a double room with some rooms having a balcony. This room barely housed the bed! Yes...there was a private bathroom but not enough room to turn in a circle with arms outstretched. "Don't unpack" I told my wife. We returned to the " reception desk" and the yound woman offered to take us to see what we understood to be the only other room available.....a larger double roo with a seating area. She explained that the price was 30 Euro higher. I pause to note that despite the statement that the hotel was full, we only saw two couples ( together in one room) during our stay. I agreed to the upcharge and we sat on the patio enjoying the view. I questioned the young woman about the various room alternatives; got a menu for the in-house restaurant; and went to the hotel website. And there I learned that the room we had just occupied ten minutes earlier was 72 E and NOT the 84 E we were to be charged. The 30 E upgrade charge had not yet been processed. My wife brought this discrepancy to the attention of the young girl who spoke to her manager who had just arrived. My wife reports that the manager was unyielding.....if we came in from the street, the charge would be 72E but since we had already checked in, the charge was 84E even though the 30E upcharge had not even been processed!
Well.....forget those dinner plans! Just as well...we would have dined alone.
The room? Dark....very, very dark furnished with very well-used heavy old furniture....a desk, armoire and couch. The bed was attractive...ensconced by a canopy but the mattress was very soft. No issues with the bathroom though as is often the case with these older re- purposed hotels, a slight urine odour emanates from the sewage so keep the bathroom door closed.
In short, we were very displeased with the manager and his approach to " customer relations"; the standard (?) double room is far too small; the overall appearance is attractive as is the patio/ courtyard and the view.
My son and I spent 10 days in Spain and this was his favorite hotel - the atmosphere can't be beat - and having dinner on the rooftop patio is really a nice way to unwind at the end of the day. It was too cold to swim but the pool looked inviting nonetheless. We had some regional specialties at dinner which were very good. To get paella you need to order a couple of hours in advance - we didn't know that so couldn't have it but I would recommend doing that. There is an old Arab fort/castle you can visit or at least walk around. The town is built into a hillside - very quaint. They didn't speak English at the hotel and I thought we paid in advance because I booked online with a credit card BUT we didn't - that just reserves your room - so definitely remember to pay at the end. If we were staying longer I would have liked the rooms with the balconies overlooking the valley. This hotel is about an hour and a half from Granada.
Lovely stay at one of the suites on may 12th, the weekend of the “Romería”. We arrived late at night but they offered us to have something for dinner. The place was really quiet and calm even though the village was on its festivity.
The suite was huge and very comfortable with a balcony and nice views of the olive trees.
I would strongly recommend to visit the village, the castle ... and the hotel for sure.
Nice room with interesting decor, good bathroom, fantastic view from the 'superior' room with a balcony big enough for table and a couple of chairs. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Our spanish is not very good but we enjoyed trying to be understood.
Great spanish food and reasonably priced. We would have liked to stay longer.
My wife and I stayed one night here recently en route from northern France to the Algarve.
We selected this hotel after reading the previous TA reviews - they were right! Very friendly hotel staff, but beware that not many of them speak English so you'll probably need a little Spanish to negotiate the menu etc if the English-speakers have gone off duty (notably Julian, who has several languages and who is very helpful and welcoming).
The rooms are well equipped and are presented in an olde worlde way: quaint, quirky, and very comfortable. We even had a four poster bed with all-round lace curtains. There are no lifts so if you want to avoid climbing stairs you'll need to request a lower floor room - sadly, you'll miss out on the best views.
The bathroom was well equipped (again, in a throwback style) and very large (as was the bedroom itself).
We took a dip in the pool on the afternoon of our arrival - lovely and cool, very relaxing. Not a massive pool, but it did the job. And then we stretched out on the sunloungers and gazed out over the oceans of olive groves.
We ate at the hotel restaurant that evening - home made pate, venison stew, marinaded partridge, chocolate and coffee tarts. All very very good (prepared I think by Paulin) - and served by the lovely Isabel. Unfortunately Isabel had no English skills so we couldn't speak adequately about the food, her warmth and humour, the wines etc, but she was a magnificently attentive, friendly and efficient hostess. Isabel has a lovely sense of humour (her miming plus my poor Spanish got us through!!) and she and my wife kept each other in giggles throughout the meal. (Una pregunta [si, otra vez) para usted Isabel - quien es el loco?!?!! Usted, or mi mujer? No - no es mi!!)
Parking needs to be arranged in advance as the streets are narrow (the town was built around horseback travel, after all), but the under-building parking garage is fine.
Recommended? Yes, no question at all.
Would I return? Again, yes without hesitation.