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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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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|Comment posted by Leonard Dorin|
|Unfortunately we made a mistake in our reservations. We got there and they finally were able to accommodate us in a room. Nice room, except the air conditioning didn't work and it was very hot outside and the sun beating on that side. No one was much interested in doing anything. However, the next morning we asked again and that crew was much more responsive. They offered us another room and went to fix the air, which was about a 10 minute job. The breakfast was good, the location excellent and Leon and lovely town. The ambiance and historical nature of the building wonderful.|
|Comment posted by Joan & John|
|We were very pleased with our accommodation. Our room was excellent, large and the hotel décor beautiful. Better than expected, especially since we only paid pilgrim's rates! Breakfast was good. Location fantastic. Would definitely recommend it.|
|Comment posted by José Felipe González Pabón|
|If you want to recover some of that well deserved sense of reasonable entitlement you have earned as a lifetime, dedicated, hard working son/daughter, father/mother, friend, responsible citizen and professional, please give yourself the opportunity to stay in Parador San Marcos, León, España, at least for two or three nights. You will not regret it. It is a marvelous arquitecture gem beyond human scale . Its grandscale ambiance will surround you with centuries old, impressive artwork so intricate in details you start wondering how long it took human beings to chisel rock and wood to transform this material into complex artforms. Needless to say, this is where you will be sleeping, in huge, absolutely comfortable rooms with all the amenities you may dream. In sum, Parador San Marcos cannot be described except in its grandiose splendor, a splendor that will serve your interests by pampering your aesthetic, gastronomic, poetic and nostalgic self. As if this was not sufficient, be aware that you will be visiting one of the most friendly, cozy, historically rich cities in all Spain, León. And you can be certain you will retain its enchantment in images and memories urging you to come back, again, in the future.|
|Comment posted by Magdalena S. del Valle|
|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.|
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Parador de Leon is a luxury hotel in a twelfth century modernised monastery.