One of the things that distinguishes our small group tours is the quality and variety of our accommodations, so we've decided to spotlight some of the interesting and beautiful places we stay on tour. Click here to see all of our featured accommodations.
Today, we're highlighting the Parador de Santiago de Compostela, an ancient and beautiful way station for travelers whose history stretches back some five centuries, and where we stay for two nights on our Across Spain and Portugal tour.
Considered one of the world’s oldest hotels, the Parador de Santiago de Compostela (also known as the Hostal dos Reis Catolicós) was built by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella in 1486 as a hospital for pilgrims. The 137-room parador is situated in the historic Plaza do Obradoiro, adjacent to the Santiago de Compostela's famed cathedral, and includes architectural flourishes such as a carved entrance façade, vaulted ceilings, stone archways, a Renaissance chapel, and four courtyards.
The hotel has been thoughtfully updated with modern conveniences, yet retains all of its considerable historic atmosphere. Amenities include two restaurants and a bar, coffee shop, library, gift shop, laundry and dry cleaning service (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.
Air-conditioned guest rooms offer private bath with hair dryer, minibar, in-room safe, TV, and phone.
Step into the history books during your two-night stay here, and experience the Iberian Peninsula's famed cuisine, culture, and hospitality, on our Across Spain and Portugal tour.