For centuries - there is evidence of its exploitation since the Roman presence in Hispania -, Imón Salinas They were one of the most important in the Iberian Peninsula. The successive monarchs promoted the extraction of salt by means of benefits granted to nobles and ecclesiastics, until King Alfonso VI definitively granted his exploitation to the bishopric of Sigüenza. Under the reign of Carlos III, the infrastructure of the salt flats was expanded with department stores, troughs and canals that are still maintained today. From that moment, the building was dedicated to the exploitation of salt. We would have to wait until 1988 for its new owners to completely reform it and then open its doors as a Spa Salinas de Imón hotel.
The reform that adapted the old building respected the original architecture and building materials. The result is charming accommodation belonging to the Historic Hotels Club of Europe. Each of its eleven rooms, decorated with antiques, responds to a suggestive name: Music, Garden, Doors, Keys, China ... All have heating, fan, bathroom with toiletries, TV and free Wi-Fi. Special mention deserves its restaurant, with a select wine list. And, if while the traveler savors the scallop cake or the roasted sausage, he wonders how it is possible that there are some salt flats in Guadalajara, they will answer that the explanation goes back 250 million years ago, when these lands were part of Pangea , and the sea reached her.
- The hotel is a great starting point to explore medieval villages, such as Atienza, Sigüenza, Palazuelos or Medinaceli. Nature lovers can enjoy hiking and trekking routes, bird watching, canoes in the Atance swamp, mountain biking, mushroom picking, fishing ...
- It is worth doing the famous route of rural Romanesque in the north of Guadalajara. There are the churches of Santa Coloma, near Albendiego, that of San Bartolomé in Campisábalos, and that of San Pedro in Villacadima. Essential, the visit to the towns of the Black Architecture: localities with roofs and walls covered with slabs of slate extracted from the area, such as Campillo de Ranas, Majaelrayo, Tamajón and Valverde de los Arroyos.
Address: Calle Cervantes, 49 of the town of Imón, in Sigüenza (Guadalajara). A haven of peace located just 138 km from Madrid. Reservation phone: 949 397 311.
Rooms: It has 11 rooms, lounges, library with fireplace and restaurant. The price ranges between € 80 for the double room and € 150 for the suite, VAT included. Breakfast: € 9.90, and menu, from € 27.50. Weekly offer with breakfast, champagne and private spa session, for € 199.
The well-kept garden and its location, in the Alcarreña town of Imón -with only 40 inhabitants- make the hotel a perfect refuge. The tranquility of the area and the surroundings guarantee an appetizing escape to nature. And to replenish energy, nothing like recovering strength in the restaurant, with exquisite cuisine that combines tradition and vanguard.Facade with thick walls
The building, with thick walls of ashlars and masonry, dates from the 17th century. King Carlos III stayed in that stately house one hundred years later, when he went to the town to visit the salt mines of Imón, one of the most important in the peninsula. In 1988 it was renovated to convert it into a hotel.
In the warm months, the traveler can rest in the pool, where the ivy offers an extra freshness. Regardless of seasons, the hotel has a spa with hot bed, Jacuzzi for 5 people, Turkish bath, sauna and waterfall shower; In them, it is a real pleasure to relax at any season of the year.The Carlos III suite
The Carlos III suite receives that name because the monarch stayed there during his visit to the salt flats. By royal mandate, from then on the building became the offices and residence of the salt administrators. The four-poster bed, the sidewalks at the foot of the bed and the soft carpet that covers the floor - with white and red tiles in checkerboard - evoke the royal past of the room.
The suite has two armchairs and a seating area. On the walls, white moldings frame vintage paintings, among which the portrait of Carlos III could not be missing.Marble skirted washbasin
The bathroom has a hydromassage bathtub and a washbasin with marble skirt and retro air faucet.A glass enclosure
A glass enclosure with white profiles separates the living room from the dining room. Flanked by
Two mirrors, visually expand the space. On the wall stands out a small vertical setback, turned into a cupboard, where dishes from the dishes are exposed.
View of a detail of the hotel library. In it, guests can enjoy reading by the fireplace. The common areas of Salinas de Imón combine mud floors and exposed wooden beams, materials used in the past.Wood tables
The restaurant serves a cuisine based on fresh produce from the market. In the wooden tables -natural or painted in white, in tune with the chairs- local specialties are tasted, such as the kid or the shepherd crumbs, and contemporary dishes: to highlight, among them, the grilled foie-micuit or The salmon tartare.Staircase with railing
Spa Salinas de Imón has two towers. In one of them is the room called Dovecote, overlooking the hotel garden. A staircase with a white-painted iron railing leads to the rest area, located at the top of the tower. The handrail matches the canopy of the bed, a very light structure, without dressing.