Visited: May 2015 Travelled with: Parents Rates from : 140 euros
Located in the community of Penaguila, 20 minutes from the bustling Spanish town of Alcoy and on the doorstep of the Font Roja National Park, La Escondida offers 12 rooms, a small spa and restaurant.
Location: La Escondida is a peaceful retreat hidden away in the mountains only an hour from Alicante airport.
Welcome: Anywhere I am greeted with a glass of cava and a big smile is my kind of hotel. First impressions are vital and a warm welcome from Noelia made settling in very easy indeed.
Staff: I was particularly impressed with the staff who were all warm, friendly and accommodating.
Food: From breakfast, through lunch and onto dinner the food proved to be superb. Breakfast is included in the room rate and offers a selection of hot and cold items. I can highly recommend the granola but the salmon, eggs and cooked breakfast didn't look too shabby either. Lunch is a relaxed affair sitting on the terrace and again delicious. It was a shame that the weather made dinner on the terrace impossible but this allowed for sitting in the lovely dining room, unfortunately the atmosphere was a little hushed as there were only a couple of tables occupied. The dishes of fillet steak, hake and monkfish all received high praise. It was interesting that another couple of guests made it back to the hotel every day to eat, this speaks volumes in itself.
Interior: Sympathetically restored, the hotel has a rustic, country feel to it. Think stone walls and wooden beams. No airs or graces, just down to earth simple interiors. The rooms are simply furnished with air- conditioning, bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer and amenities by Rituals. There are no TV's, this is all about switching off. A tiny gripe for me, there was no shower cap!
Indoor Pool: The indoor pool is a relaxing area and a welcome addition in the cooler months. The outdoor pool is further away and at this time looked a little stark, I'm sure it will be more appealing when it settles into its surroundings.
I didn't like
Wi-Fi: Unfortunately the free wi-fi wasn't working when I stayed, a minor irritation.
Air-conditioning: Although the air conditioning wasn't needed on this occasion, the unit proved noisy and not conducive to a good night's sleep. If you don't need it, ask for it to be switched off properly.
No wardrobe: We stayed in rooms 5 and 10 which were both in the entry level 'cosy' category. While I had no issue with the size, (I have definitely stayed in smaller!) room 10 had no wardrobe, just a rail instead. Room 5 also benefitted from more natural light.
This is the perfect place to escape the madness of everyday life and unwind in the peace and tranquility of the spanish countryside. More suited to adults, it is a hotel where you can literally chill out for a couple of days without venturing further than the garden fence. Of course for the more adventurous, Alcoy is worth a visit and the National Park is on the doorstep. With excellent food, warm staff and oodles of space this is a boutique hotel with plenty of character. Highly recommended.
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