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Hotel Los Balcones de Zafra
Ranked #7 of 8 Hotels in Zafra
Reviewed 24 August 2014

A quirky hotel right in the centre of the old town. The owner gave us a very interesting guided tour and a lot of good advice on places of interest and places to eat. Our room was comfortable, clean and with a good bathroom. We had access to the roof terrace overlooking Plaza Grande which was a real bonus. The breakfast was enjoyable and the food in the attached restaurant was simple but very tasty.
Parking in the square is possible at around 5 euros per day. Be careful as you can get a parking ticket as you are organising things in the hotel. The owner was very helpful when this happened to us

Room Tip: They all seem to be good but the ones with access to the roof terrace are worth while.
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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 April 2013

Fabulous location, fabulous building, friendly service. We had a lovely clean and well appointed room overlooking the square, which on a Saturday night meant very little sleep, but that's hardly the fault of the hotel.

Average breakfast, usual 'tostados' and not much else, but that's just the Spanish way. I would recommend this place, but maybe ask for a room at the back if you are there over the weekend and not up for 4am partying!!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 October 2012

Of all the hotels I've stayed in over this holdiay wandering around Spain this hotel has to be one of the best. We pick a spot on the map and head for it - not knowing where we will end up. I picked Zafra. My sense of direction must be good as we ended up in the middle of 2 major Plazas surrounded with bars and restaurants in the middle of the afternoon. The place was deserted - apart from 3 people sat at a table having a beer. Hundreds of empty tables and chairs filled the plazas. I asked them in Spanish why everything was shut, and of course, it's siesta time. The Senor told me that the hotels would open at 1730 or 1800 where we would get a room, as we were tired and wanted a gin and tonic and park the car up. You have to pay for parking (pay & display) - it's cheap but a parking ticket is expensive. So we took a gamble and parked up and had some refreshment and a tapas. By 1700 the world woke up and everyone came out of the woodwork - shops opened, and, much to my relief, the Hotel Balcones. On entering I was given a guided tour of the history of the place and how the arches are identicle to the ones in Pompeii, I think from what I could grasp of the conversation it was designed or built by the same person. When my husband brought in our bags he spoke to me in English of course then the hotelier immediately started speaking in English. I just assumed no-one spoke Spanish.

Our room overlooked the Plaza and was very spacious with a huge very comfortable bed. I wouldn't say it was 5 star but just the atmosphere of the whole place lent it to be very memorable. By now the Plazas had started to fill up. The Hotel didn't do evening meals so we asked him to recommend a restaurant. We said we wanted Tapas, so he directed us to a place at the end of the shopping street to a place called La Aubache.

I was very impressed with this food. Tapas consisted of gorgonzola cheese on toast topped with locally made fig jam; deep fried aubergines in a light batter with a home-made tomato sauce; the list was endless - my husband's tuna was quickly seared and then marinated in something and was so tender you could cut it with a fork.

Yes I'd go back - I'd even make a special effort and I definitely want to go back to that restaurant.

By the way if it's shoes you are into, there are hundreds of very good quality shoe shops in town.

Room Tip: Ask for one looking over the Plaza
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

We stayed one night at the Hotel Los Balcones de Zafra. The hotel was a great fine! The owner was delightful. The room was clean. The history behind the hotel and what was found recently during the rennovations is super interesting.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 April 2012

I was pleasantly surprised. I had booked a much more expensive place to stay but changed my mind at the last minute and am glad I did. The owner was such a gracious host. He showed us around the hotel and explained its history which made our stay even more enjoyable. Our room had a large balcony that looked over the square. The views were wonderful. On the other side of our room we had views of the castle through the windows. The room was very large & very comfortable. Would definitely stay at this hotel again.

Breakfasts was also included in the cost of the room. It was an excellent continental breakfast.

The entire staff was extremely nice. Everyone made our stay very pleasant.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Los Balcones de Zafra

Address: Plaza Grande 9, 06300 Zafra, Spain
Region: Spain > Extremadura > Province of Badajoz > Zafra
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 8 Hotels in Zafra
Price Range: €67 - €76 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Los Balcones de Zafra 4*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the historic town of Zafra, this hotel offers a gourmet Restaurat, attractive accommodation and free Wi-Fi. Originally a Roman villa, it is a 30-minute drive from Merida. Enjoy the central location of Los Balcones de Zafra in the central square of the town of Zafra, Badajoz. Rest in the hotel's beautifully restored rooms, with their mix of grand interiors and modern comforts including air conditioning and TV. There are 2 exclusive suites with private lounges, separated by a beautiful seating area with a fireplace, and a patio with arches and marble columns. It has also retained the villa's original impluvium. Later, soak up the sun on the terrace or enjoy a massage. There is also a special badminton court, where you can play an alternative, squash-style version of the game. The hotel also has a shop selling a range of local Iberian hams; and traditional dishes can be enjoyed at the hotel's restaurant La Artesa. Seville city, airport and river harbour is at 70-minute drive away. ... more   less 
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