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Parador De Vic Sau

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

My mom and I stayed at a number of Paradors in Spain and this was our favorite. Beautiful Parador atop a hill overlooking a lake and mountains. Magical. Nice to walk aroind the grounds and hike or drive to the monastary... which is worth a visit. Peaceful. Relaxing. Quiet. Just a great place to relax in beauty and history. Excellent staff. Great value. Loved our room with private balcony overlooking lake. Adults. Couples. Seniors. Probably family friendly but I appreciate the peacefulness.

The Parador de Vic-Sau is a lovely building overlooking a tranquil lake. The rooms were comfortable and the common areas were appealing and spotlessly clean. The bathroom was supplied with a good assortment of soaps and had soft towels. The dinner menu had a variety of items including local cheeses and sausages. The breakfast buffet was also delicious.

Let’s get the positives out of the way. The room was big and comfortable, and the view of the reservoir and surrounding landscape is impressive. That, unfortunately, is where synchrony between expectation and reality comes to an end. Those familiar with Paradores will testify to a measure of quirkiness about many of them, but the Parador de Turisme Vic-Sau seriously disappoints in some fundamental ways. While we had read the mixed reviews about the dining experience, nothing had prepared us for how truly awful it was, and with prices that made the food even harder to digest. The wait-staff operate as if on a piece rate – the quicker they get you in and out of the vast (but sparsely populated) dining room the better. They hover to take rushed orders, and again to clear your plates (whether you’re finished or not), and then, in overbearing fashion, present the bill for signing while you’re still chewing. The food itself (inasmuch as we sampled it during our two dinners) ranged from poor to no better than edible. The restaurant was also cold, as was the adjacent bar, the latter an extraordinary example of how not to create a cosy or relaxing atmosphere. We stuck to wine and beer, but just to give an idea of their prices, a Hendrick’s G&T is listed at €12.50. Oh, and the piped music must be heard to be believed. To give a flavour of the eclectic mix, “Away In A Manger” (church choir version), was followed by a beach chillout track, then an earnest instrumental version of “Good King Wenceslas” and, if we were not mistaken, a Doris Day number. This kind of cycle continued ad perplexium. The hotel is located 12kms or so from Vic, with little in between (though not as little as we thought – see below), meaning they have a somewhat captive market. But that is no excuse for gouging their guests at Christmas. We arrived to find that the only option for food was an outrageously overpriced lunch (€50 per person!), with nothing else on offer. A sandwich/bocadillo? No. A bowl of soup? No. A piece of fruit? No. A wafer-thin mint? No. Nothing, nada, zilch. (Lunch on 26th was reduced to a slightly less extortionate €38 pp). So, I asked if there were any other options close by. I received the briefest of answers, “Vic”, which we drove straight back to in the hope of locating a calorie or two. We repeated the excursion the following day. This response was symptomatic of information given by reception staff in general, which was so limited as to be unhelpful. Indeed, it applied to a number of our enquiries/requests but, worst of all, to the one about alternative eateries (above). What the reception staff refused to tell us is that there is a superb restaurant called ‘Fussimanya’ less than 5 minutes’ drive away – just off the road from Vic to the Parador. I think they’d be much better off raising their own quality than deceiving guests about alternatives in the locality.

Location was stunning, hotel itself was nothing special and had no character but the room was comfortable. It's our second stay at Parador and both had not given us a good impression - check in was impersonal, just the basic check-in , no information given about activities could be done in the area unlike smaller B&B where staff were much more helpful. No water bottles given as welcome drinks unlike smaller establishments, given water was only about 12cent for 500ml. It’s a bit stingy of Paradors not to provide bottled water or tea/coffee making facilities in the room. Dinner at the restaurant was tasty overall except the seafood paella was mainly rice not much seafood & seafood was just small bits not whole prawns or decent pieces. It was the long weekend and staff seemed to be on their feet and rushing, literally plonking plates on the table. Breakfast - so many things rant out when we came after 9am, I had to request staff to fill things up which it should have been checked and done automatically by kitchen staff. We were glad to have chosen this Parador because of the location and stunning view despite poor service. Our conclusion after staying at 5 Paradors in Spain was - average food & waitering service & impersonal service at check-in & check-out. Wondering if staff did not have to try very hard to deliver decent customer service because Paradors were government owned!

We have stayed here four times now and have enjoyed each of our visits. The rooms and spacious and comfortable and we always have one overlooking the reservoir and the view never fails to please. We don't always have dinner as they serve excellent sandwiches in the bar and sometimes that is all you need. Breakfast is good and the usual Paradore treat of a glass of cava with breakfast never fails to please the non driver! Reception lent us a pack of cards to keep us amused in the lounge as there were no English language channels on the TV. That is one of our few complaints about Paradores in general. The room was lovely and warm and noon check out is always good.

This Parador is our favorite. We have been to it many times and shall continue to return. If you want peace and quiet, a lovely setting and excellent service quality from all the staff, come to this Parador!

Parador de Vic-Sau is located in very beautiful surroundings in the middle of nowhere. This is excellent when you want peace and privacy, but it also means you are more or less stuck with the hotel's restaurant when it comes to dining. It is very seldom you see such disorganized staff in the dining room as we saw in Parador de Vic-Sau. It took a good half an hour from the time we were seated before the - apparent - headwaitress came to ask what we would like to order. During that half an hour we were watching how the staff (3-4 ladies) carried couple of plates at the time to and from the kitchen. They also had a trolley which they moved around the dining room without too much purpose. Sometimes one of them put an empty plate on the trolley and the other waitress picked the plate up and took it to the kitchen. A family of two adults and two kids was seated next to us, and they also had to wait at least 30 minutes before they got their orders in. The children were fairly restless - to say the least - at that point. Meanwhile the staff was just passing them without taking any notice. Apparently the headwaitress was the only one eligible to take orders from the customers. The problem was that she also was too busy carrying one plate at the time around the dining room. And this went on all through the evening. It was like watching some sort of a theatrical performance - we just couldn't decide whether it was a comedy or a suspense story. "Who will be noticed next?". After we placed our orders it took yet another half an hour before the starters were brought to the table. And it wasn't even busy that evening. The food itself was nothing special - fairly typical Parador-food which unfortunately in most cases doesn't match the location (building, surroundings etc.). I really wish they would get a real professional with new ideas to fix the menus. As a hotel this Parador is very nice, rooms are clean with excellent views.

A perfect location. Very friendly employes. Beautiful rooms. Good Breakfast. A lot of possibilities to walk and visiting cities within the direct enviroment as Vic & Girona. A stay of 5 days would be perfect. .

Rather an odd entrance - there is a ramp to a short flight of steps; once inside, there is another flight of steps, but there is a disabled type lift; best to get staff to operate. However, a much better way, especially if you have lot of stuff with you, would be to try the 'underground' garage, where you will have direct access to the lift, and reception. Room is a good size, and bathroom is well appointed. As usual, disabled rooms at the back, so no 'view', but just pop down to the bar terrace for that. You do not have to park in the garage by the way, there is a charge.

Beautyful building, nice people, good food, beautyful landscape. The service of the staff was good and clear. They gif us good advice about walking trips and places to go for history and culture. The rooms where clean.

Paraje el Bac de Sau. Les Masies de Roda Barcelona

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Outdoor pool
  • 24-hour front desk

Located 2.5 mi (4 km) from Sant Pere de Casserres, Parador De Vic Sau is within a 15-minute drive of Verdaguer House Museum. This 4-star hotel has 38 guestrooms and offers conveniences like a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. Morro de l'Abella and Salt de Molí-bernat are also nearby.


Explore the hotel and meet new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge, or enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service. Start your day off with breakfast, available for a fee.


All 38 air-conditioned rooms feature minibars, safes, and phones. Guests can expect free WiFi and wired Internet, along with TVs. Bathrooms have hair dryers and bidets. Desks are also available.

Property features

Parador De Vic Sau features an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and 3 meeting rooms. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to help secure valuables, and answer any questions about the area. Other amenities at this historic hotel include free newspapers, a terrace, and a garden.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

80.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 550 reviews