A rural retreat set in the grounds of a large private park for the exclusive use of its customers and only five minutes away from the centre of Gijon and its beach.
This hotel sits nicely in the heart of the Asturian coast, on the Bay of Biscay, and makes a perfect base from which to explore any village, town, mountain and beach of Asturias.
The building, more than two centuries old, has been refurbished to accommodate the needs of the modern traveller. However it retains its original 1860’s elegance, with consistent decoration throughout and original pieces of furniture to be found in all the rooms.
An air of peaceful charm is what you can breathe and enjoy here, as in the times when distinguished Duro Family members, such as steel magnate Mr Pedro Duro or the pioneer aeronaut Mr Jesus Fernandez Duro, enjoyed the peace and quiet of what was their summer house.
At the gates of Gijon but with all the tranquillity of a rural setting, the Hotel Quinta Duro is a hotel with an original and elegant early 1900s “noucentista” style that will please classic and connoisseur spirits as much as those looking for comfort and privacy.
The main façade of the building features many of the characteristic elements of traditional Asturian architecture, such as an open balcony, a wooden gallery and a beautiful outdoor porch supported by columns.
Inside, the house is covered in chestnut floors and wall panels on nearly every room and wall. The fine antique furniture, Mariano Benlliure’s sculptures, paintings and decoration create a refined yet relaxed atmosphere.
The hotel has made improvements to the building and estate always bearing in mind the special character of the premises but also incorporating modern facilities, such as a lift to the rooms, an on-site car park and complimentary Internet anywhere on the hotel premises, so that the guests can enjoy a pleasant stay in Quinta Duro.
Hot water is provided by solar panels. The hotel uses renewable sources of energy in a commitment to protect the environment.
This room has been specially designed for mobility-impaired guests and has disabled bathroom aids. The twin wrought iron beds and the French matching dressing table and wardrobe deserve special mention. Large single twin beds (1,05m x 1,82m), south-east orientation with garden views (Bathroom windows also facing the garden). 28,4 square meter room.
A bright and airy guest room with garden views to a bronze statue depicting a blacksmith. Queen size bed (1,50m. x 2m). Ground floor room and south orientation. Garden views (Bathroom window also facing the garden). 18,3 square meter room.
This room looks onto the main façade and the 19th century furniture of English design is made of mahogany wood. Large single twin beds (0,90m. x 2m). Ground floor room with north-west orientation. Garden views (Bathroom window also facing the garden). 31,7 square meter room.
This is one of the superior rooms. Overlooking the garden, it has south-west-north orientation with sweeping views of the city, the sea and the majestic Laboral University itself. The 19th century deco features furniture of English design made of mahogany wood, two dressing tables, three armchairs and a matching table. The Jacuzzi bathroom occupies part the gallery and overlooks the garden. Queen size bed (1,50m. x 2m). First floor room accessible by lift. South-west and north orientation. Garden views. Jacuzzi bathroom and open corridor overlooking the garden. 44,2 square meter room.
This is one of the superior rooms. With a splendid private balcony overlooking the garden, it is equipped with two comfortable armchairs, a table and a lounge chair. The room is well decorated in a French style. Large single twin beds (1,05m x 1,82m). First floor room accessible by lift. South orientation. Balcony overlooking the garden. Bathroom window also facing the garden. 24,4 square meter room.
This room looks onto the main entrance and overlooks the garden and the city of Gijon. Queen size bed (1,50m. x 2m). First floor room accessible by lift. North orientation. Garden views. Bathroom window also facing the garden. 19,2 square meter room.
A bright and airy room. There is a black walnut three-seat sofa and a splendid mahogany and citronella lined wardrobe. Large single twin beds (1,05m x 2m). First floor room accessible by lift. South orientation. Garden views. Bathroom. 31,8 square meter room.
Front garden views. Early 20th century Spanish furniture in walnut wood. Queen size bed (1,50m. x 2m). First floor room accessible by lift. North orientation. Garden views (Bathroom window also facing the garden). 17,5 m2 room.
Room decorated with 19th century English mahogany furniture such as a tiled vanity table. Garden views can be also enjoyed from the bathroom. Queen size bed (1,50m. x 1,82m). First floor room accessible by lift. East orientation. Garden views (Bathroom window also facing the garden) 24,2 square meter room.
This is one of the superior rooms with a garden view from its magnificent bay window. The furnishings feature a Portuguese bed with canopy, a walnut desk and a wardrobe in carved walnut. Queen size bed (1,50m. x 2m). First floor room accessible by lift. South orientation. Room with bay window overlooking the garden (Bathroom window also facing the garden). 23,1 square meter room.
This beautiful penthouse room is located on the second floor, with access by lift to the first floor. It features chestnut wooden floors from the 17th century and an attic bathroom. Large single twin beds (0,90m x 2m). Second floor room. South orientation (Garden views. Room with attic bathroom). 19,2 square meter room.
Quinta Duro has 11 spacious, bright and unique en-suite bedrooms, 5 double and 6 twin. All rooms are carefully decorated and have garden views.
Amenities: Telephone. Free Wi-Fi. Television. Minibar. Hairdryer and anti-fog bathroom mirror. Blinds and curtains, which allow total darkness. Pine or chestnut wooden floors.
One of the twin bedrooms (#1) is designed for disabled customers.
Private Park: Squirrels wander through the wonderful hotel garden. A variety of species of tea, both native and non-native, are nicely labelled and their names can be read on handmade ceramic plates: redwood, palm tree, holly tree, Lebanon cedar, cypress, yew tree, Monterey pine and many others.
Breakfast Room: The breakfast room faces south and leads to the garden through the porch. Along with the fireplace, the two sideboards and dining table made of walnut are worthy of mention. A self-service area with tea, coffee, cold drinks and snacks is open all day for guests.
Library and Games Room: For guests who wish to relax this room on the ground floor has a beautiful library, board games, comfortable sofas and TV. Relax in our library or play a game of chess, checkers, cards or dominoes.
Lounge: The lounge is a bright and delightful room on the ground floor overlooking the garden and with breathtaking views of the city of Gijon. There is ample sitting space to relax and enjoy the beautiful oil paintings and sculptures.
Things to do
You will find some interesting things to do at the hotel, in Gijon and around.
Hot Air Balloon Tours: Hot air balloon tours are arranged by a specialized company. Tours can take off from the hotel garden itself, provided the weather is appropriate and the service is requested in advance.
Golf: The hotel is set amongst several golf courses; all of them are a short distance away from Quinta Duro.
Croquet: A croquet equipment is available at the hotel, guest can also practice other sports on site such as basketball.
Cycling Tour: The hotel provides bicycles for guests to wander the ample net of cycle routes, which meander from the hotel into the urban and rural surrounding areas.
Ornithology: Bird lovers will appreciate the variety of species which can be observed from and around the site, Quinta Duro makes an ideal bird observatory.
Water/beach sports: Gijon is an ideal setting for practicing water/beach sports such as swimming, sailing, diving, horse-riding, tennis, kayaking, etc.
Drive-in Cinema: Gijon has one of only four drive-in theatres in Spain, which has been running for over 20 years.
Leisure walks, hiking, nature trails: Due to the fact that Gijon is situated in the middle of the Asturias, it is an ideal location from which to explore coast villages and beaches, mountain areas and monuments as well as other towns and their museums.
A business meeting room for training, product launches, conferences and meetings. In a natural setting but only minutes away from the city of Gijon.
Bespoke meeting room independent from the main hotel building. Peaceful and quiet environment. Natural light. Size: 60 square meters. Room height: 3.80 meters.
Standard equipment: Video projector. WiFi access. Fridge and self-catering coffee.
Services upon request: Serving of coffee. Working lunch (catering). Use of the garden for outdoor and team building activities.
Set in 20,000 square meters (5 acres) of parkland. As well as the meeting room, the grounds of the hotel are available for product launches, leisure and training activities, family celebrations, etc.
Elogio del Horizonte Sculpture
The Cerro de Santa Catalina is a park on the hilltop at Cimadevilla. The park overlooks the sea with a sheer drop to the water. It also has an abstract sculpture called “Elogio del Horizonte”, this monumental work by artist Eduardo Chillida (1990) has become one of Gijon’s landmarks.
Cimadevilla Old Quarter
The old quarter of Gijon is known as Cimadevilla, the original fishing town around which the city was built. A number of historical buildings in the old district have restaurants and night venues.
The marina lies to the West of Cimadevilla. It boasts excellent facilities for all types of recreational crafts.
Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura
This contemporary art and cultural centre is located in the Laboral University premises, 3 km from the city of Gijon and just 800m from Quinta Duro. Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura is a benchmark in the national artistic and cultural scene. Laboral University of Gijon is a monumental combination of buildings As a side note, the university site covers over 270,000 square meters (or 66 acres) of land and the walls of the different buildings would make up a surface of 55,000 square meters (or 13.5 acres). As well as being the largest building in Spain it also encloses the biggest elliptical church in the world. To top this off, the Laboral Clock Tower stands defiant at 130 metres tall, once again the tallest stone construction in the country. The design of the tower was inspired by Alexandria Lighthouse and Seville’s Torre del Oro…
San Lorenzo Beach
San Lorenzo is a popular urban beach which lies to the East of Cimadevilla, with easy access from the promenade which runs along the shore.
Atlantic Botanical Garden
The Atlantic Botanical Garden sits directly opposite Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura, and just half a mile away from Quinta Duro. A wonderful natural setting with gardens, groves and exhibitions.
The Aquarium recreates sixty different fresh water and natural marine habitats. A journey through the diverse ecosystems takes the visitor through the greatest diversity of marine fauna and flora displayed in a medium-seized aquarium in the world.
El Molinon Football Stadium
El Molinon Footbal Stadium is the home ground of Real Sporting de Gijon team and it was also the country’s first professional football stadium.The arena has frequently played host to sell-out shows by artists such as Tina Turner, Dire Straits, Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney.
Evaristo Valle Museum
Evaristo Valle Museum is located in the parish of Somio, residential area near Gijon. The Museum, set in a private estate and surrounded by wonderful gardens, houses the works of Evaristo Valle (Gijon, 1873-1951) as well as works by other well known Asturian painters.
Gijon International Film Festival
Gijon International Film Festival (FICXixon) has made a name for itself over the years and has become a renowned independent festival. FICXixon is usually held in November when it shows a wealth of films across several of the city’s theatres.
Luis Adaro Exhibition Centre
Luis Adaro Exhibition Centre boasts dedicated facilities for any type of event. The Centre host FIDMA (International Sample Trade Fair of Asturias) every August.
Semana Negra, literature festival
The Semana Negra is an event held in July, which revolves around thriller literature. It is a hub for writers and fans who attend talks, conferences and exhibitions. Visitors can also enjoy concerts as part of the Semana Negra which has become one of the most popular festivals of its kind in Europe.
Traditional cider or sidra is the local Asturian drink of choice. It is served in sidrerías, specialized pubs which can be found anywhere in Asturias.
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Gijón Station - 5 km.
Asturias Airport - 40 km.
From Gijon city centre: yake direction "El Molinon" Football Stadium, or road N-632 to Santander or Cabueñes Hospital. Once on the N-632, near the Universidad Laboral PK 66.600, there is a roundabout, make a right "Santurio y Cefontes", at 100 Mts make a left at the cross. After 100 Mts there is another cross, turn on the left direction "Deva". That's the "Camino de las Quintas" and at 350 Mts you will find the Hotel on your right.
From the AS-1 Mieres-Gijon: go ahead till the end of the highway and at the 2 roundabouts, take direction Santander, that way you get to the A-8.
From the A8: get off at Exit 385 indicated Gijon (La Guia) N-632 Santander. At the end of the exit, on the first two roundabouts, follow indications to N-632 Santander & Cabueñes Hospital. From here, follow directions from Gijon City Centre shown above.
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