Parador de Leon Hotel, Spain

Stroll around the stone-flagged courtyard, or lean over the second tier balcony overlooking the formal courtyard gardens, and you may just be able to imagine you can hear the chanting of monks echoing down through the centuries.

Parador de León has been created from the 16th century San Marcos Monastery, itself a replacement for a monastery dating back to King Alfonso VI who ruled the region in the 12th century.

Today, much of the atmosphere and original architecture survives. The exterior is monumental in its form with massive, rounded arches and richly decorated stonework. The interior is a symphony of regal halls, a library, great stone walls hung with tapestries, a refectory-style restaurant with wooden beams and rooms with four poster beds, shuttered windows, fireplaces and period-style furniture.

Parador de León, at a glance

  • Historic monastery located on Plaza de San Marcos
  • Just 6 km from the airport
  • Choice of 230 guest rooms and suites in the monastic building and its 20th century annexe
  • Original period features complemented by modern refinements like stylish en suite bathrooms
  • Great views over the square or surrounding city
  • Beautiful Rey Don Sancho restaurant featuring Leonese cuisine and local and regional wines

For leisure and pleasure

  • Perfect base for exploring the historic city of León
  • Palacio de los Guzmanes, the cathedral, Casa de la Botines, the Museo de León and the Museum of Modern are all close by
  • Serene gardens and cloisters
  • Interesting shop selling mementos and local artefacts
  • Exuberant seasonal festivals
  • Although we bothered Lydia on several occasions over small matters, she was always patient and very helpful. The whole organisation from Heathrow and back was seamless and first class. Game watching on this trip surpassed all that we had seen before in the one trip. Our thanks to Ultimate yet again

    Colin & Wendy Crawford October 2013


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