Arriving in Santiago on an early flight, we went to the hotel intending to drop our bags, but were given our room straight away. This was typical of the service from beginning to end which was excellent, discreet and friendly. Our room was spacious, beautifully furnished, comfortable and quiet - double windows, shutters and heavy curtains kept out the sound of the cathedral bells.
The location is superb, and extremely convenient for all that there is to see and do in the town, and to get back to to escape the torrential rain! The hotel doubles as a fascinating museum with vivid descriptions of the building's former life as a pilgrim hostel, orphanage and hospital.
Food at this hotel was excellent with four choices in each course on the vegetarian menu (mains included delicious and wholesome rice, pasta and bean dishes), and an extensive range of dishes for non-veggies.
Of the many Paradors I've stayed in, this is up there with the best.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Royal Hospital, late 15th century pilgrim¿s hostelCombining history, art and tradition, the goal of pilgrims and the emblem of St. James, the Hostal dos Reis Católicos, in the Plaza do Obradoiro, forms together with the cathedral one of the world’s most remarkable, and most visited, urban settings. The Hostal, which first saw life as a Royal Hospital in 1499 to house the many pilgrims arriving in Santiago, today still invites the traveller to enjoy this universal and fascinating city. Considered the oldest hotel in the world, it is also one of the most luxurious and beautiful. It has four extremely beautiful cloisters, elegant public rooms, spectacular bedrooms and a luxurious dining room offering Galician style fish and meats and the classic apple filloa pies and crème brulee. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Parador De Santiago De Compostela Hotel Santiago De Compostela