Hosts Mari Cruz Gomez and her husband run this lovely rural house.
Rustic style with all the modern comforts
The rooms are decorated according to the area—using wood accents and rustic touches.
Although the hotel is decorated to fit into the Cuevas del Valle theme, all the installations are new, so you don’t have to worry about faulty plumbing or old crumbling tiling in the bathrooms.
One room is even adapted to serve guests who need wheelchair access—including an elevator between the floors, wider doors and a wheelchair-friendly shower.
The garden oasis at El Paraiso de Gredos
The garden of the hotel is a small oasis for the guests to enjoy. There are flowers of all types, fruit trees, and a patio with tables and chairs to sit out at. Mari Cruz said, “we open up the patio in the summer so guests can enjoy their dinners outside under the trellis.”
Aside from this backyard oasis at the hotel Mari Cruz and her husband are more than happy to show off their vegetable garden which provides fresh ingredients to the meals at El Paraiso.
“Guests love the opportunity to pick chestnuts, tomatoes, peppers or whatever happens to be in season,” said Mari Cruz.
Homemade meals with fresh ingredients
All the food is homemade. The restaurant isn’t open for the public, only for their guests. When you book, make sure you choose the option to have dinner as the food is exceptional.
Mari Cruz cooks with ingredients fresh from the garden so the menu constantly changes with the seasons.
The breakfast was more than we could possibly eat—a lemon loaf and the local village speciality that is a cousin of churros, called fritallos.
For dinner, she uses products from the local area such as the wild mushrooms. We had a pumpkin cream soup and a stew was served with fresh garden-grown potatoes. One of her specialities is the local boletus (wild mushroom) soup. I was sorry to have missed that season!
Cuevas del Valle offers numerous activities for your visit
If it isn’t enough to enjoy a relaxing getaway in such a cozy-rustic hotel there are plenty of activities to do in the area. The town of Cuevas del Valle is a treasure in itself and fun to meander through its streets and soak up the history.
If you want to delve deeper into nature, you can take one of the numerous nearby hikes, many of which have their trailheads right in Cuevas de la Valle, a mere five minutes from the door of Paraiso de Gredos.
Mari Cruz said that guests will often come for a week at a time to take advantage of all the hiking trails near the town. Some of the most famous trails in the Gredos mountains start right from Cuevas de la Valle.
Activities around the valley
Mari Cruz is nervous about her English and said if guests who don’t speak Spanish want to make a booking she would be more than happy to have you, but you should probably book through Booking.com or at least use Google translator so she will know what room to give you. She said she has had many English speaking guests in the past and with smiles and sign language everyone gets along fine.
Other activities that guests might enjoy are tours offered by the city hall to search for wild mushrooms that grow in the area. You can go with a guide who will teach you which mushrooms are edible, and which you will want to avoid.
In the Gredos valley itself, there are a number of other quaint towns worth visiting, including Mombeltran, Arena de San Pedro and a little further away, the Monastery of Yuste.