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La Alqueria Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Rafales
Certificate of Excellence
Portland, ME
1 review
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“I'm writing this for your sake”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2010

My gal and I happened through Teruel in May. Sage and rosemary in bloom -- overpowering. Precipitous roads that make you say "mama!" Waterfalls, monasteries perched on impossibly tall buttes, good cheap wine.

And in the small but ancient rural village of Rafales, La Alqueria, run by Jose and Clara. He's an open-hearted guide to the sites and spirits of the area. The excellence of Clara's dinners, using local meats and produce, is inarguable. If pig cheeks are on the menu, have them. Her desserts and breakfast pastries (fresh bunuelos and tarts) will blow your groggy mind. We suspect she spent some time in Paris. Place is clean and has charm, right on the central plaza of the village where children play next to the 13th century church and ever-burbling spring.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank FinMaine
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Stoke on Trent
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2008

i came across the reviews on this hotel by accident, was impressed by the report and was not disappointed. Jose is the perfect host, his hotel is first class and this is matched by the cooking of his wife in their restaurant. He will go out of his way to make your stay everything you want it to be. The detour is definitely worth the effort if you are in this part of the world.

  • Liked — The accomodating host,.
  • Disliked — Absolutely nothing
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank KARENEGRIFF
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2007

We had 3 days to drive from Barcelona to Madrid and see something off the beaten track.

Firstly let me say that the mountains and villages of Teruel were beautiful beyond our expectations. In this part of Spain the views are spectacular and change as you drive over each crest. The drive to La Alquería was not a short one, but well worth it. The village itself is small and quiet at this time of year. Most of the sympathetic renovations are courtesy of part time residents from Madrid or Valencia. There is just one friendly local bar and a couple of restaurants.

The hotel La Alquería was wonderful (their website doesn't lie!!). From the warm welcome of the hosts, to the charming rooms and the most spectacular dinner featuring local cuisine this is a stay that you won't forget.

The owners speak good English, but be patient as they don't get much practice, this place is a Spanish secret.

So take the drive from Barcelona or Valencia, allow enough time for a long walk and enjoy.

  • Liked — the hosts, the location and especially the food
  • Disliked — the is nothing not to love!
  • Stayed October 2007
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank Mark_Cath
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Additional Information about La Alqueria Hotel

Property: La Alqueria Hotel
Address: Plaza Mayor 9, 44589 Rafales, Spain
Region: Spain > Aragon > Province of Teruel > Matarranya > Rafales
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Rafales
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — La Alqueria Hotel 1*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A little family hotel with six rooms and six restaurant tables just in the middle of Matarrana / Matarranya mountains. A little secret for your eyes only. ... more   less 
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