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Parador Hostal Dos Reis Catolicos
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Valencia, Spain
Level 6 Contributor
126 reviews
52 hotel reviews
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“A grand hotel”
Reviewed 24 December 2013

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.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 December 2013

I had wanted to stay in a Parador for many years but never got round to making a booking until a recent trip to Santiago de Compostela - I'm converted! This hotel is stunning! The staff we met were friendly and professional and seemed to take great pride in what they were doing. It is definitely worth following the guided tour of the hotel given to you on arrival in the form of a map/brochure which gives you the history of this amazing building. The (standard) room and bathroom were exceptionally clean and incredibly spacious (I'm still not sure why bath mats were put on the side of the bed when the bed was turned down, I really should have asked!). The breakfast buffet was sensational; juicy fresh and tasty fruit (nothing out of tin!), hams, cheeses, pastries, hot food, cereals etc - a vast choice and it was delicious! A wonderful 5 star experience.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Holland, Michigan, United States
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31 reviews
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

The Parador experience in Spain is a unique one; elegant, historic, in many cases, majestic & opulent. The Hostal Dos Reis Catalicos is the crown jewel of Paradores, imposing and regal, it's location on the square adjacent to the Cathedral de Santiago is ideal. Arriving to our final destination in torrential rain,we entered the gorgeous lobby dripping wet and were ushered quickly to our rooms. The bathrooms are luxurious, and the bedrooms are roomy and very comfortable. The bar is welcoming and makes a mean gin & tonic. Breakfast is a wonderful affair, replete with choices for every appetite. The staff is a bit formal & stiff, but this seems to be the case at paradores, a small price to stay in a place echoing with history.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

We loved our 5 day stay at the hotel. It was superb. The bedroom was exceedingly comfortable and spacious, with plenty of wardrobe space and a luxurious bathroom. I had a mobility scooter and there was an alcove outside the room to park it, although it could have fitted in the room easily. The room was very quiet and we heard no noise from the street. The restaurant was outstanding but we had a couple of nice meals in town as well.

Although the standards were very high, we didn't feel uncomfortable. We were able to relax just as if we were at the home of a favourite uncle.

I'd love to go back.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Eastbourne
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

We stayed here for three nights and the location could not be better, however the service in the bar was very poor. They appear to be very understaffed with staff trying to do there best in an impossible situation. The main restaurant was good with excellent food and OK service. The breakfast buffet was very average. The staff did not appear happy and it was apparent there were management issues. The rooms were quite small and dark but OK.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dublin
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Reviewed 31 October 2013

Nice hotel and wonderful feeling of history everywhere. Reception staff friendly and efficient, however the bellhop was rude and unfriendly. Once or twice he almost knocked me over with luggage and let the door close in my face , nice one. Maybe we didn't top him enough. Also we ate in the restaurant one night and the food was sublime, but staff let them down again. Waiter spilled my wine, and leaned across me to clear the table. A bit uncouth for a five star hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Aspen, Colorado
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Reviewed 30 October 2013 via mobile

Spacious, elegant guest rooms, friendly and efficient staff, a huge breakfast buffet and hundreds of years of history. Oh, yeah and a huge tub! The location cannot be beat. It was the perfect way to end our month+ long pilgrimage to Santiago. Highly recommend.

Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Parador Hostal Dos Reis Catolicos
Address: Praza Obradoiro 1, 15705, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Region: Spain > Galicia > Province of A Coruna > Santiago de Compostela
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Santiago de Compostela
#8 Romantic Hotel in Santiago de Compostela
#8 Business Hotel in Santiago de Compostela
#8 Family Hotel in Santiago de Compostela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Parador Hostal Dos Reis Catolicos 5*
Number of rooms: 137
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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