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 (Gastrobar), 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 0 per person per day|
Rates are per day, per room, for 1 or 2 persons and include tax
General terms and conditions
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|Golden Days||Up to 10% discount on accommodation and 30% discount on breakfast for guests aged 55 years or more|
|Young Persons||Up to 10% discount on accommodation and 30% discount on breakfast for guests aged 30 years or less|
|5 Night Card||Discounted rates for 5 nights in a standard room inc. breakfast|
|2 Night Special||Up to 15% discount on accommodation and 20% discount on half board for 2 nights stays in the same Parador|
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 Miguel & Suzanne|
|What else can be said about this one? Its awesome, stunning architecture (and history) sticks out well above all other Paradores we know, quite a few by the way. Great service (very friendly, diligent and helpful at all times) and very good food, absolutely noting to complain about. By comparison, the restaurant in the hotel across the street has beautiful settings but their service is a mess, very unprofessional and unable to cater to more than 3 tables at the time. Surroundings are beautiful and impacting, but a bit lonesome, in the middle of nowhere, but if this is what you look for... In any case it is worth a (long) detour to experience this marvel. Don't miss it!|
|Comment posted by Katia et J-Jacques SAULO|
|Nos trois enfants étaient émerveillés. Ils ont dormi dans la suite du parador et bénéficiaient de tout l'étage y compris la terrasse. Ils étaient comme des rois ! de notre chambre également la vue était magnifique. le personnel à l'accueil et au restaurant ont été à la hauteur de nos attentes. Vraiment un séjour d'une nuit mais nous nous sommes promis de revenir pour plus longtemps. Ce parador est exceptionnel par sa situation géographique et son architecture.|
|Comment posted by Halyna Barylak|
|Stayed here in 1972. Sheet magic and amazement. Got stuck in the turret elevator with a suitecase. Narrow and clostrophobic. Otherwise, an incredible stay. There wasn't much varienty of menue at that time. The popular drink was a half and half red and white vermouth with lemon wedge on the rocks. The town surrounding was primitive. Curious children (boys mainly) running the streets after tourists wanting gum. Homes were courtyard style and closed off from the street. Quiet!!! Nice for trecking. The interior walls were still all stone. WE had a 2nd level turret room, small but comfy. The window was a narrow tunnel through the stone wall with iron grate at the end. Did not offer much of a view. Loved it, loved it.|
|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,|
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A perfectly preserved eighth century Arab castle in Alarcon is now a Parador hotel.