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Parador Leon

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This five star Parador was originally a monastery founded in the twelfth century to provide lodging
for the pilgrims travelling to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia.

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It later became the headquarters of the Order of Saint James whose soldiers provided protection for the pilgrims.
Parador de Leon cloister
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 to try: "Cocido maragato" which is a stew of chickpeas, meat, bacon, etc.
"Ancas de rana" which are frog legs.
"Cecina curada" which is smoked meat which might be the game of the mountains.
Leon Parador interior
The Romans rebuilt the city in 70 AD but this city was destroyed by the Moors.

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.
bedroom at Parador of Leon - Spain

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.
All the rooms have a private bathroom. Four rooms are specially equipped for the disabled.

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.

Distance from the nearest airport is approximately 6 kms and the nearest train station is 1 km away.

Pets are not allowed in the hotel.

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RACK RATES
2014
Rates in Euros
Standard Superior room Double w/ living room Double w/ Hydromassage Suite
All Year
236314383383667
Breakfast included in room rate                 Lunch or Dinner 38 per person per day

Rates are per day, per room, for 1 or 2 persons and include tax
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Directions
Parador Leon
Pza. de San Marcos, 7
24001 Leon, Leon
Latitude: 42 36' 5.8206" N (42.60180552965323)
Longitude: 5 34' 55.293" W (-5.5820149183273315)
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Guests' Comments
Comment posted by Magdalena S. del Valle
2014-10-16 17:11:42
We stayed at the Parador in August with another couple. Two beautiful junior suites. The food was very good, the service excellent.The location is walking distance from the center of town. We have stayed at San Marcos four times already and will stay again if we go to Leon. I wouldn't think of staying anywhere else . To me and my family members that were with on that trip, it was a perfect choice.
Comment posted by Nancy Edwards
2014-10-15 18:27:16
The Parador was lovely and the location perfect. We found the staff to be cordial and helpful and the restaurant was good, both food and service. We had a dinner meal and a breakfast and were pleased with both. Here is the one recommendation we would make for improvement: Rugs were visibly stained and dirty, both in the corridors and the rooms. We loved the old furnishings and history of the building, but maintaining a high standard of cleaning (or carpet/furniture replacement) is important so that the overall appearance is one of an elegant property, not one that is worn, overused and under-valued. Thanks for inviting feedback.
Comment posted by Michael Piper
2014-06-26 12:30:04
Staying in the Parador Leon was the highlight of my two Camino walks, in May 2013 and May 2014. The hotel is very comfortable and is steeped in history. The staff are pleasant and very helpful, and the restaurants offer excellent food at reasonable prices. The Parador is in an excellent location, on the Camino itself, and is close to other buildings of historic interest such as the Cathedral. Walking the Camino is physically testing, and a night or two in the Parador Leon is a wonderful tonic and is highly recommended.
Comment posted by Bruce Russel
2014-06-26 12:25:07
We stayed for 2 nights and would recommend it if coming to Leon. It is extraordinary and something quite different. Staff very helpful and food excellent though not cheap. A little tip - explore the hotel for there are some gems to be found particularly in and around the church, take advantage as in most other places it would be "off limits" and viewed from distance. Here you can get up real close. Cathedral breathtaking and another tip - take the guided tour. All in all a gem - if going to Leon stay here.
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