Salinas de Imon
, Calle Real, 49, Imon, (Guadalajara).
Since the 17th century the building that is today the Hotel Salinas de Imon has been the most significant building in Imon. A large stone manor house, it boasts massive walls in a mixture of ashlar and rubble stone. The transformation into an intimate little hotel has been done with the utmost respect for the original structure, so that the restoration has taken away nothing from the underlying character of this unique building and has made the fullest use of the original rooms and the numerous artefacts that Jaime discovered during the renovation.
Inside, the decoration is truly classic and the restoration team firmly resisted any temptation to be drawn into a rustic theme that would be inappropriate for a gentleman's house. The quality of the furniture and works of art carries right through into the fabric of the décor. On the top floor there is a library which leads on to an exterior patio and a garden. One of the staircases up to some of the guestrooms has a unique painted ceiling.
Choosing a room here is like choosing which dream to dream. Carlos III, for instance, is the actual room in which the former king once spent the night (allegedly). China will whisk you away to the Orient. El Palomar, in one of the two towers, is a romantic room especially for lovers. The Music room is decorated with old music scores.
The spa is a special feature of the hotel. It offers a massive range of facilities such as thermal baths, special showers, steam bath, Finnish sauna, gym, numerous massages and other treatments.
The village of Imon, with only 40 or 50 inhabitants, is the site of a Roman salt mine, one of the most important in Spain in times past. Today it is recognised as a place of special archaeological importance and is a must-see for tourists and historians alike. At the centre of the village is a magnificent renaissance church from the 15th century while just outside, the Llano de las Simas, with its virgin oak forest, offers walkers spectacular views of the salinas, especially at evening time.
The La Sal restaurant is in the village, just a little apart from the hotel. You can enjoy dinners of traditional Castillian cuisine (Sunday to Thursday inclusive). Breakfast is served in the hotel and lunchtime snacks are also available during the summer months. There is another restaurant in the village which is open on the nights when La Sal is not.
Out and About
Walking, hiking, horse-riding, cycling, quad-biking, hot-air ballooning, canoeing, bird-watching.
All around the area there are churches, castles, country houses, museums, walled towns, cathedrals: a passage through time from the pre-historic age to the present, taking in Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neo-Classical.
Alongside the remains of human history is an important natural history: beech and pine woods, deep canyons, many species of birds and the red plains of Castille.
Valle de los Milagros (cave paintings)
Reviews from Little Hotels Travellers:
|We have recently stayed at Hotel Las Salinas, Imon, Spain. This is a small hotel, tucked away in deepest rural Spain, very friendly staff, but we felt the room in which we stayed, on the way to S Spain and the same room on the way home, ( the room was called "Administration") was in need of an upgrade. It was a very small room, no wardrobe or hanging space. The bathroom door did not close, no latch, and one had to climb 2 very steep steps to enter it. The steps were narrower than the door opening, so there was a gap/drop to one side, and in our opinion, quite dangerous, if one needed to use the toilet through the night and certainly not suitable for someone with mobility problems. The shower was over the bath and the tiling grout was quite black in places. The bedroom walls had been painted a pretty shade of yellow, but any black marks/scores had been over-painted in a slightly different shade, which gave a rather shabby impression, as was the case with the bedroom door, decidedly grubby where hands would close it. At 80€ a night, we felt it was not really worth that amount.|
Having run a B&B business in Scotland for 19 years and inspected other B&B businesses, I am perhaps a bit critical, but surely that is what you want to know in a review.
|In the words of John and Gregg (TV's 'Master Chef', for the uninitiated)....|
'it doesn't get much better than this'....
Idyllic location, great hotel, friendly staff, wonderful walks and a choice of two village restaurants...oh, and the pool was lovely as well.
The hotel itself was a picture...thoughtfully decorated...individually distinctive rooms...(we were in China) ...warm and friendly staff...and a great base from which to visit the local villages and towns.
Whilst not obviously understanding the restaurant arrangement (we'd thought the restaurant was in the Hotel, we were more than happy with the two restaurants in the village,,,La Tahoma and La Sal...I think it's the latter which has the formal link with the Hotel, but they are both good...La Sal higher spec and La Tahoma more rustic (and the preferred).
The village is small and cute enough, but the surrounding countryside, with its blaze of wild flowers was beautiful..and provided good opportunities for walking and deer (if you get up early enough!) and bird- spotting....
Siguenza is almost overlooked in the Tourist Guides and is well understated...and poor Alcuneza never even got a mention ...and it was dramatically 'different'!
Lovely break...we could have happily stayed the week!
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We are very impressed by the restoration carried out by Jaime and his family. The rustic exterior leads to a refined and elegant interior full of quality decorations and antiques. The addition of the swimming pool and spa will encourage guests to spend more time in the hotel itself as well as enjoying its surroundings. Excellent value.
A Word from the Owner
Our little village, of only 50 inhabitants, is your guarantee of peace and silence. We look forward to meeting you.