The hotel is a magnificient building in the heart of the Covadonga shrine and battlefield. Covadonga means Cueva Honda (deep cave).
The Covadonga battle was fought in 722 D.C. and is the first Christian victory in the so called Reconquista of Spain from the Muslim dominance. The Reconquista was completed some 770 years later when the Kingdom of Granada fell in the hands of the Catholic Monarchs in 1492. It is said that Covadonga is the birthplace of what is Spain today and what it transmited to its former colonies, worldwide. Pelayo, the Christian leader, was the first Asturian king, whose descents developed, over the centuries, into the present Spanish Royal family (the Spanish heir apparent holds the title of Prince of Asturias.) Pelayo was guided by the Virgin Mary and used an oak cross as a banner. Today, that cross is covered with gold and jewelry and is hold in the treasure of the Oviedo Cathedral, in Northern Spain. An image of the Virgin was later found in the caves around Covadonga. Today, this image is shrined in the Covadonga site, in a magnificient cathedral built among the steeped hills that conform the Asturias country.
The scenery is outstanding with steeped peaks and winding but wel build roads. The area belongs to the first Spanish National Park Los Picos de Europa (Europa's Peaks.)
Gran Hotel Pelayo is a four star international facility catering to the high end traveler.
Good access to other attractions like blue cheese making factory and museums.
Norberto from Corpus Christi, TX
Arcea Gran Hotel Pelayo is a 4-star hotel in Asturias , Covadonga, next to the Picos de Europa National Park. This …More
Possibly one of the worst stays I've ever had in Spain. Absolutely no soundproofing in the rooms means you can hear everything from the adjoing rooms and noisy cleaning staff slamming doors almost continually outside from 6am on (and we are not exaggerating here). Weekend breakfast served only till 10:30am. Mini bar not stocked with anything and no room service menu. Additionally, rooms have no fan or air conditioning and are very stuffy, even with cool outdoor temperatures and the window open.
When we brought all these issues up with the hotel staff the only explanation offered was that it wasn't a mini bar but a refrigerator, (hastily said to us by the person who we assume to be the manager who then walked away without saying everything further). Other hotel staff simply repeated the cost rather than addressing the issue. We are native Spanish speakers so there was no language barrier.
This is not a 4 start property so to avoid disappointment and undoubted annoyance/sleep disturbance stay somewhere else. There are plenty of other local hotels actually willing to provide comfort and not inconvenience with a surly attitude.
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