Hotel Hostal San Marcos
It later became the headquarters of the Order of Saint James whose soldiers
provided protection for the pilgrims.
The original building was demolished in the sixteenth century and the construction of the present building, on the original site, commenced in 1515.
This is one of the most beautiful Renaissance building in Spain. The carvings depicting religious and historical events on the 100 metre long facade are worthy of note.
Magnificent cloisters were added and improved between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries which look over the gardens.
There are many public rooms all filled with paintings, carvings and tapestries.
The restaurant specialises in the local dishes and there is a gluten free menu. You will be invited
"Cocido maragato" which is a stew of chickpeas, meat, bacon,
It was again rebuilt in the ninth century and was the capital city of the Kingdom of Leon.
Its proud boast is the Leon had '24 kings before Castilla had any laws'. (Madrid is in Castilla which later took over the kingdom!)
Places to visit in the town include the cathedral which was built on
the site of the second century Roman baths.
Also the Royal Church of San Isidoro, the archaeological Museum, and the "Casa de Botines" by Gaudi.
The Parador of Leon has one hundred and ninety five twin bedded rooms, fifteen
rooms with a double bed and sixteen suites.
In the rooms, there is a telephone, satellite television, safe and a mini bar.
The Leon Parador has air conditioning, currency exchange, lift, central heating, parking facilities (without security and limited places), free wireless internet and garden. There is a gift shop, restaurant and bar. Facilities are available to hold business meetings.
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Rates in Euros
|Basic room||Standard||Superior room||Double w/ living room||Double w/ Hydromassage||Suite|
|Breakfast included in room rate Lunch or Dinner 38 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||165.20||165.20||108.00||235.80 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|
Pza. de San Marcos, 7
24001 Leon, Leon
Latitude: 42° 36' 5.8206" N (42.60180552965323)
Longitude: 5° 34' 55.293" W (-5.5820149183273315)
|Cervera de Pisuerga||133||East|
|Information on Leon||Wikipedia's article on Leon|
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|Comment posted by Celine Fox|
|We had a fantastic stay a wonderful start to our camino especially when we got free upgrade. Room was beautifull very clean with nice touches. Staff very friendly and helpfull. Breakfast fit for a king. An excellent historic hotel very good value for money.|
|Comment posted by R. S.|
|We loved your Parador. We have stayed at others before and did so again as we toured Spain this time. Jenni (my wife) and her friend Helen had walked 470 kms of the Camino before they arrived at the luxury of your Parador. We dined both nights at your restaurant and as far as we were concerned everything was perfect. Both ladies appreciated that they could also collect excess luggage that had been shipped on to your Parador as their packs became too heavy for them. It is great that the Paradors provide the accommodation and services for all travellers not only those on the Camino who probably appreciate it the most.|
|Comment posted by April|
|I loved, looooved, LOOOOVED staying here for one night of my Camino pilgrimage. I checked in on a Saturday and there was a gorgeous wedding downstairs and another at the museum next door. I was traveling alone & felt completely at home sitting on a park bench that evening and watching the festivities and the passers-by. It was a very busy weekend, so checking in was a bit of a wait. The woman at reception was rushed & stressed. And when I called downstairs for a request, I got a stern & abrupt answer. But that's my only complaint. The bed was magnificent & breakfast was gorgeous. After a few hundred kilometers on foot, it makes a difference ;)|
|Comment posted by Alice McLerran|
|In general, we enjoyed our recent stay of one night on September 7 very much, and I posted a number of photos of our handsome junior suite and the public rooms we viewed the following day,as well as the impressive facade and plaza in front of it and the elegant gardens that windows on the other side faced. But the dinner was a nightmare. We had made reservations, but were given a table next to the kitchen door, and for over an hour did not get served the meal we ordered, Servers were during this time dashing from the kitchen to a VERY NOISY dining room, a much larger one than that serving guests of the parador, on the other side of the kitchen, finally leaving the swinging doors open to make better speed. At one point a server failed to hold a tray of plates he was hurrying to serve in the next room firmly enough, and they crashed on the floor right next to my husband's feet . No one stopped to try to clean up the mess, and the spilled food continued to be tracked further until we pointed out the need to bring in someone prepared to mop it up and remove the pieces of broken plates. Our own food, when it finally arrived, ws so overcooked that the potatoes were mushy and our medium rare steaks would were badly overdone. The sympathetic server who had found someone with a mop and pail had by that time seated us at another table as soon as one was available, but by then all we wanted to do was eat what part of our meal was edible and get out -- the doors between us and the other dining room were now closed, but the noise from that room continued to be distracting and not conducive to conversation. It sounded as though those in the next dining room might be watching a sports event, and the diners were cheering for one of the teams. Whatever the nature of the event, it seemed a most unsuitable one to book next to the dining room used by guests to this lovely former monastery. The breakfast buffet the next morning was an excellent one, Our accommodations were excellent, the buioding and its grounds were impressive. But I fear it was that bizarre two hours we spent trying to have a quiet dinner that we will remember most vividly.|
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Parador de Leon is a luxury hotel in a twelfth century modernised monastery.