Hotel Marquis de Villena
This 8th Century medieval castle is perfectly preserved and will take
you back in time to the middle ages.
Steeped in history, this medieval castle has seen many sieges and revolts. It was founded by the Muslims in the 8th century and was then captured by King Alfonso VIII in the 12th century. It has been home to the Marquises de Villena and later, the home of the famous writer Don Juan Manuel.
From the battlements, the keep and the main tower "Torre del Homenaje" there is an interesting view of the triple defensive walls echoing back to the past. However, the main defence of the castle was its location. It was protected from assault because it is perched on the edge of a ravine with the river Jucar forming a natural moat on three sides as it flows down the ravine.
Reopened to the public in 2003 after months of work, emphasis has been
placed on the austerity of the building which is in keeping with its great
history. A military theme is reflected in the decor and rich Castillian
wood combined with a mix of modern and classic have transformed this Parador.
The Parador group serves regional dishes in their restaurants and have a gluten free menu. The Parador
de Alarcon is on the boundary of the La Mancha and Levante regions and
the local dishes are based on the meat of the young lambs and goats of
the herders and the game shot by the local hunters.
Excursions can be made to the Embalse de Alarcon, Belmonte and Ciudad Encantada.
Another interesting visit is to the Cassasimarro craftsmen who specialize in handmade guitars, lutes and bandurrias.
The Parador Alarcon has four twin bedded rooms and ten double bedrooms. All have private bathroom, television and telephone.
The Alarcon Parador is air conditioned, has heating, lift, restaurant, bar, currency exchange, parking facilities (without security and limited places), garden and conference facilities.
Distance from the nearest airport is approximately 132 kms, train station is 86 kms away and the nearest port is 175 kms away.
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Rates in Euros
|Standard||Double superior||Junior Suite|
|Breakfast included in room rate Lunch or Dinner 36 per person per day|
|PROMOTIONS IN STANDARD ROOMS * (Subject to availability)|
|2013 Rates in Euros||Golden Days||Young Persons||5 Night Card||2 Night Special|
|All Year||173.60||173.60||108.00||240.20 per night|
Rates are per day for 2 persons sharing a double room and include tax
*Supplement and restrictions may apply - General terms and conditions
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|Golden Days||30% discount for guests 55 years or over in a standard room with breakfast|
|Young Persons||Discounted rates for guests from 18 to 35 years old in a standard room with breakfast|
|5 Night Card||Discounted rates for 5 nights in a standard room exc. breakfast|
|2 Night Special||20% discount for 2 consecutive nights or more with half board|
Avda. Amigos de los Castillos, 3
16214 Alarcon, Cuenca
Latitude: 39° 32' 47.58" N (39.54661047387258)
Longitude: 2° 5' 2.0034" W (-2.084054946899414)
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|Comment posted by tim and Penny cox|
|We are great fans of Paradors and Alarcon is a joy. What makes it so special is it's size - so tiny and the dramatic location. The staff were great and couldn't have been more helpful. Our room was clean comfortable and stylish. We ate in a local restaurant 5 minutes from the Parador. Local food, local wine, which we thought was reasonably priced. We had a great evening chatting to local people - which was fun as we don't speak Spanish but everyone was charming. The breakfast very good served with a smile. Alarcon is definately one for the to do list,|
|Comment posted by Patrick & Ursula Byrne|
|Parador Alarcon was the first Parador that my Wife and I have ever stayed in and the experience was a truly magical one. From the time one drives down the approach road towards Alarcon and seeing the Parador appear on the horizon, then turning the corner going under the gatehouses the magic begins. We could find no fault with our stay what so ever. The staff were friendly and helpful at all times. The food was wonderful; a great chance to sample some local high quality cuisine. The accommodation was of a very high standard and the location was wonderful. Some great walk around the walls of the village; not advisable in the midday sun! We have recommended Alarcon to many of our friends and plan to stay in other Paradors in the future. However, it will be hard to better the standard of Alarcon.|
|Comment posted by Desiree and Jim|
|Romantic and quite. After finishing a whirlwind cruise for 9 days and few nights in Barcelona and Madrid, staying at the Parador de Alarcon was a welcome break. I'm sorry that other people have bad experienced in the restaurant but out waitress was great. She even promise to learn more English next time we come back and my husband promising in return to learn more Spanish. We were lucky to have the room on top of the tower, although nice and comfortable I would have like to see more of the authencity of the old castle. It would have been nice if the hotel provided more information of the castle's history and maybe old photos of the castle. Music in the patio would have nice too.|
|Comment posted by Meershoek|
|On our trip from Barcelona to Nerja in may 2011 we stayed at the Parador of Alarcon. The reception was very friendly. The Parador is breathtaking, which goes for the location as well as the building. The room was beautiful, clean, with good beds and a spectacular view from the windows. Unfortunately the air-conditioning was still in wintermode, so we could not cool our room. The restaurant was impressive and warm and the food was excellent. The presentation of the dishes is worth taking a picture. Breakfast is served at the table, with a wide choice of cheese, meats, eggs, bread and pastry and fruit. The town is located near the Parador and is very small. On our second day we made a walk around the Parador, which meant a lot of climbing, leading to more spectacular views (large fields of red poppy’s). We enjoyed our stay very, very much and we can certainly recommend this Parador.|
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A perfectly preserved eighth century Arab castle in Alarcon is now a Parador hotel.