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Parador "Hostal San Marcos"
Ranked #2 of 36 Hotels in Leon
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Gig Harbor, Washington
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87 reviews
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“Impressive And Unique”
Reviewed 10 June 2014

Traveling on a tour through northern Spain we looked forward to staying in this Parador but had no idea how imposing the structure was until our first glimpse while driving past to find parking. We just wanted to take our time walking up to the entrance in order to absorb as much of the majesty and beauty of this historic property as possible. Once inside however the building continues to impress with period art work and furnishings seeming to fill every available open area. Front desk personnel were highly efficient and helpful.

Our first floor room was of good size, well designed, clean and quiet but the best part was what was just outside our sliding door entrance to the patio. A closed and beautifully designed peaceful garden with two huge and well tended shrub areas sculpted into mazes were perfect for quiet reflection after a hectic day of travel.

Do spend some time exploring the Parador and you will be rewarded with a deeper understanding of and appreciation for life lived here so long ago. The huge courtyard in front of the Parador is a good place to spend some time people watching with pilgrims on the way to Santiago walking right past the entrance amongst guests and locals coming and going, especially in the early morning hours.

Breakfast offerings were plentiful with a variety sure to satisfy most diets. We had the opportunity of dining in both evening venues. Food served in the large formal dining room was enjoyable however service, despite many wait staff continuously in motion, was extremely slow and worse, cold and unfriendly. In contrast however we found the small informal dining area below to be populated by wonderful and helpful wait staff serving excellent food in a fun and lively environment.

Everything considered this Parador exceeded our expectations and left us with an anticipation of even more informed enjoyment as we continued our travels west.

Room Tip: If you enjoy a bit of serenity ask for a first floor room opening out onto the garden.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Newcastle, Australia
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

The building itself is amazing - centuries old and originally built as a hospital and expertly converted to contemporary accommodation. Visit the cloister for a look back in time and indeed take a look throughout the whole building - it doesn't matter if you get lost, there's no better place to do so.
Rooms are excellent, service is equally so and the food in the dining room as good as anywhere.
If I have a gripe it lies in the fact that a group of high school students were celebrating the end of their school life and the thumping of the rock band was so intrusive I couldn't sleep.

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the function rooms (of which there are several).
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Mobile, Alabama
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

I took my only time off from walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in this Parador and was stunned. It is without a doubt one of the finest places I have ever stayed. The food, the service, the rooms could not have been better. Loved every moment of my stay and was rejuvenated for the rest of my Camino.

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking the courtyards or gardens.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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West Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

I should point out that we did not stay at the Parador. We simply went for a pre-dinner drink in this beautiful building. However, we were seriously disappointed. The service was incredibly slow and the servers were surly and looked as if they just got out of bed. This majestic building deserves better. If the bar staff were any indication of the staff in the rest of the Parador my husband and I were very lucky that we decided to stay at the wonderful NH Plaza Mayor rather than at this hotel.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Agustin M, Director General at Parador "Hostal San Marcos", responded to this review, 16 July 2014
Siwa08,
Thanks for give us feed back after your stay. It is a pity that it is quite old and we do feel like we are working in the right direction taking commends like yours.
Please accept our sincerest apologies and we hope we have the opportunity to welcoming you back to San Marcos and show you the real Parador experiences.
We wish you all the best and see you son and thanks for help us in improving our services.
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 28 May 2014 via mobile

While walking from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Santiago Compostela I took a break from my pelegrino life at the Parador. What an amazing night it was!! Amazing place, beautiful room, lunch, dinner and drinks all fantastic. I emerged refreshed and well fed after breakfast to finish the Camino!!

  • Stayed May 2014
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Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Our present for being married for 6 years was a weekend and one night stay in the Parador. The old building is beautiful and a monument itself. We explored it thoroughly. The standard rooms are spacious and the bed very good. The breakfast is buffet but very varied and we spent a lot of time at the breakfast table. We recommend this hotel also for its service and cleaning. The city of Leon itself is beautifull, especially the old cathedral. Besides the famous tapas which are served with every consumption are delicious and there is no need to have dinner. The ambiance during the night is very good and there is a big choice of bars and discos.

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Palm City, Florida
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

Hostal San Marcos in Leon is a one of a kind Hotel. Originally built in the 15th century as a Pilgrim Hospital and now restored as a Parador Hotel. The rooms are beautiful with all the modern day amenities. I stayed two nights while walking the Camino de Santiago. The staff was wonderful and the food and service was impeccable. Walking the grounds and visiting the Church were very much like being on a tour of a Museum. If I am ever back in Leon I would definitely spend another night or two in the Parador while exploring Leon.

Room Tip: Rooms over the gardens have a much nicer view and are quieter.
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Additional Information about Parador "Hostal San Marcos"

Property: Parador "Hostal San Marcos"
Address: Plaza San Marcos 7, 24001 Leon, Spain
Region: Spain > Castile and Leon > Province of Leon > Leon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Leon
#2 Romantic Hotel in Leon
#2 Business Hotel in Leon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Parador "Hostal San Marcos" 5*
Number of rooms: 184
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

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