It is hard to describe this building. It is enormous with an elaborately carved and decorated exterior reflecting its long and storied history. It looks even more imposing because it sits on a large plaza which accentuates its length and imposing facade. It is a huge building and you can get lost in it and I did. Renovations include elevators and the rooms are down long hallways and the numbering of the rooms can be confusing. The room was fine, a bit dated but very serviceable. Service was good and so was the food in the restaurant. It was clean and the bathroom was good sized. Showers worked well and the water was hot.
The history of the area is worth reading about and the interior reflects its history. Many pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela stay here and pass by in a steady stream with their scallop shells on their backpacks. Lots to see and explore in the building and I am glad that I had an opportunity to stay here and learn of the history of the building and the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hostal de San Marcos is one of the most extraordinary historic hotels on the Old Continent. Construction of the building was begun in the 16th century, together with the bridge across the River Bernesga in the outskirts of León. It was built to house the peninsula's western headquarters for the Military Order of Saint James. The project was financed by King Ferdinand the Catholic. The magnificent hotel is a museum of stately function rooms, with a spectacular cloister and chapter house; spacious, elegant guest rooms; a library; and a wonderful restaurant that offers beautifully prepared traditional cuisine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Parador De Leon Hotel Leon
- Parador De Leon León
- Parador De Leon Hotel León