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Reviewed November 23, 2017

overall great experience,room very comfortable and warm,but public rooms slightly chilly,understandably as this is a genuine castle.A great base from which to explore La Mancha Really enjoyed walking round the battlements.

  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed October 17, 2017 via mobile

Pushed the boat out to stay in this ancient, rejuvenated castle which is the highlight of this fortified town. The views from it and the interior detail, made it worth every penny! We had a superb first floor corner room with ensuite bathroom. We could see out across the town and down over the plains and hear the water from the river and dam below, unless the external air conditioning unit kicked in. The staff were most helpful in the bar and amazing restaurant at breakfast, where the Eggs Benedict was superb. The town has lots of quiet wandering and beautiful views to offer, as well as a number of ancient churches. Unfortunately the only way to view the latter is on twice daily tours, in Spanish, which could have been explained better to me-I saw a leaflet but with poor Spanish and lack of foresight, asked no more about. The church with murals by Jesus Mateo is stunning and can be viewed for 3euros-a bargain! The tourist office was very informative.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed October 12, 2017

South east of Madrid and directly west of Valencia on the Mediterranean coast, this stunning medieval village sits on top of a rocky ravine looking down over the River Jucar
Steeped in history, this medieval castle has seen many sieges and revolts. It was founded by the Muslims in the 8th century and was then captured by King Alfonso VIII in the 12th century. It was rebuilt by the Marquises de Villena and during the 14th Century it became the home of the famous Spanish prose writer Don Juan Manuel.
Most of the original wall that surrounded the village is still intact, and it would be hard to find a more unspoiled historic village in this region - which, of course, is one of the reasons why it has become a UNESCO Historic-Artistic Site.
The castle itself was converted into Parador Alarcon (Hotel Maquuis de Villena) and after months of work was reopened to the public in 2003 with great emphasis placed on ensuring that the internal structure of the building was in keeping with its great history.
This 4 star hotel has four twin bedded rooms and ten double bedrooms (All have private bathroom, television and telephone) and is a real find, not only for its historical surroundings but also for its customer service, comfortable quietness and outstanding food (Tip - try the egg bernadict for breakfast – its fantastic!)

Room Tip: Choose a room on the upper floor for best views and larger windows
  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed October 6, 2017

The castle is very impressive, well appointed, modern facilities in a fantastic location. There's very little in the town. One very hospitable bar with great tapas and a couple of restaurants that open after 8.30pm. The art work and acoustics in the church are amazing.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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ParadordeAlarcon, Manager reception at Parador de Alarcon, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2017

Dear client,
Thank you for sharing your experience of staying at our Parador and we are glad that you have met your expectations.
We hope to see you again at the Parador de Alarcón.
Best regards.
Josefina Martínez.

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Reviewed October 4, 2017

Once you are inside the hotel room, you could be in any hotel - other than the tiny slit-like windows, there's nothing special about the (rather small) rooms themselves.

A better idea would be to stay elsewhere in the village and then come to the castle for a drink in the bar. You can see all the same common areas of the castle if you come for a drink, and with the money you save, you could even buy dinner in the castle dining room (about €50 a person without alcohol).

Room Tip: Stay elsewhere in the village, come to the castle for a drink instead.
  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled solo
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ParadordeAlarcon, Manager reception at Parador de Alarcon, responded to this reviewResponded October 5, 2017

Dear client,
Thank you for sharing your experience of your stay at our Parador and we regret that you did not meet your expectations.
Best regards.
Josefina Martínez.

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