It is an exercise of mastery, and even a sign of respect to patrimony, to offer a second life to a historic building in ruins. In Olmedo, in the flat “Tierra de pinares” (land of the pine trees). Thermal Castilla gives proof again of compromise with the environment, recuperating for everyone’s enjoyment the old run down building of the XII th century Mudéjar convent and the surge of thermal waters on the estate. So as to create a second hotel, a cult to the waters in a historic environment. A pleasure to the senses, with more proof of “savoir faire” in the gastronomic restaurant of the hotel, one of the best in the province. The water presides over the surroundings. On the way to our room we can see the great thermal hall under the glass roof, and from our window, the outdoor swimming pool and the original well which lends us the liquid element. A massage in the garden is a privilege, in a cosy space enclosed by gauze curtains which allow the light and the warmth through. A Zen space, a moment to be remembered.
Another memorable experience is arriving in the suite and finding a bowl full of recently cut fresh fruit and melted chocolate accompanied by a Brut Nature. A remarkable gesture for a special evening.
Our favourite corner is one on the roof of the great hall which is lobby, reading and meeting area. It is a restoration of the original gesso. Of the main nave in the convents church. As we said before, a second life for a space dedicated to cult. Nowadays a cult to the senses, good food, the thermal waters, a cult to oneself, said with false demureness.
Restaurant menu in Brail. Crane in the thermal pool. Signaling in Brail and relief on the notices to hang on the door (“You may do the room up/please do not disturb”), numbers on the doors, indications of hot/cold water and indicators of shampoo and bath gel in the adapted bathrooms....The whole of the hotel is barrier free for wheel chairs. Lifts with indications in Brail and acoustic message of the floors.
SPA Active mineral medicinal thermal water pools, an interior one in the convents cloister and a smaller one outside the building with different Jacuzzis, individual bubble massage beds and seats, a line with a series of relaxing water jets. Canyons and curtains of water, as well as ample rest areas. Sauna/Jacuzzi. In the Mudejar patio, an area of contrasts with saunas at different temperatures and essence showers, Hammam and rest area with log fire.
A must in Olmedo, is the Caballero de Olmedo Palace, a leisure visit, emotional and sensorial through the Siglo de Oro (golden century) of Castille, the theatre and Lope de Vega. The classical theatre festival in July. In the area, one can visit the castles of La Mota (in Medina del Campo), Iscar, Coca, Arévalo and Cuellar. Endless paths for bicycling. Horse riding, adventure activities, (18 hole) Aldeamayor Golf and (9 hole) Bocigas. Wine tasting In the Hotel Bodeguita.
The theme park of Olmedo, which reproduces the most outstanding examples of the Castilla León architectural style. In San Francisco street. From Maundy Thursday to the 30th of September. www.olmedo.es/pasionmudejar
El Caballero de Olmedo. Lope de Vega, Félix. La Galera edition. 12€
Valladolid in your pocket. Everest edition, 2010. Various authors. 10€
Valladolid 2011. Michelin guide. Various authors. 6€
Market creativity in the (4 fork) gastronomic restaurant, with the best local products. It offers Naturist Cuisine. Seasonal cuisine which changes according to the market products depending on the time of the year. Regional and Author Cuisine, undisputable main character of the Spa gastronomy, wisely directed by Eduardo Germán
Wines from the Soterraña Cellar