Calle de Gil de Jaz, 16, Oviedo
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In a city with a lovely old quarter featuring historic architecture, the Melía Hotel de la Reconquista feels like an appropriate base from which to go exploring. The 17th century building looks stunning from the outside and its sumptuous lounge and internal courtyard live up to the promise of the historic façade. Incredibly the building was built as an orphanage and even has its own chapel. Despite its historic past and palatial appearance it doesn’t feel stuffy, but then neither is it what you would call buzzing with life. Maybe more tranquilly casual with lashings of Olde Worlde style.
The Melía Hotel de la Reconquista is located within easy walking distance of many of Oviedo’s most picturesque attractions. The Campo de San Francisco Park lies almost opposite and beyond that the old town with its warren of streets, plazas, the Oviedo Cathedral, open air market and a whole array of inviting bars and restaurants tucked away in courtyards and quaint old buildings.
There are 84 Deluxe rooms, 47 Premium rooms with views over the internal courtyard known as the Patio de la Reina, 7 Junior Suites, 4 Grand Suites with DVD and whirlpool bath, and 2 Royal Suites. All the rooms have Wi-Fi (decent broadband speed), satellite TV and a mini bar. Rooms are decorated in a style the befits the building but some could be viewed as being quite old fashioned in appearance. The hotel has undergone some renovation but not all the rooms have had a nip and tuck and subsequently some are on the small side for a five star hotel. Bathrooms, on the other hand, are ultra modern, stylish and come equipped with hair-dryer
As well as a tiny shopping area and hairdressers, there are two restaurants and a small bar. But with Oviedo’s dazzling selection of bars and restaurants just a short walk away, the lure of the world outside the hotel can be too great to exist. The breakfast buffet is quite select but includes hot and cold choices as well as pastries and Spanish breakfast favourites such as Serrano ham and tumaca.
Buzz Trips stayed at the Hotel de la Reconquista courtesy of the Asturian Tourist Board