Parador Hotel Santo Domingo de la Calzada
St. Dominic used the site of the former palace of the kings of Navarra
to build this Hospital to give medical care for pilgrims on their way to
Santiago do Compostela.
As you enter it is like stepping back in time when the church was the richest body and the rich and famous made their holy pilgrimages.
The main hall is divided into sitting areas by huge stone Gothic arches, with natural lighting through the old stained glass in the ceiling.
Pot plants flourish in the large public rooms which are furnished with comfortable large chairs.
The restaurant serves international dishes but specializes in the dishes of the region.
Recommended dishes are:
"Pimentos del Piquillo" being the delicious local peppers often
with a tasty stuffing;
This commemorates the tale that the innkeepers daughter was attracted to a young man who was on a pilgrimage but unfortunately it was not reciprocated. For revenge she hid some silver in his possessions and then reported him for the theft.
In those days punishment was swift and was death by hanging. It was reported to the son's grieving parents that St. Dominic had held him up so that he did not die. When the magistrate was told he said that the lad was as dead as the chicken he was about to eat. The cooked bird promptly came to life and flew off the table.
This tale is commemorated by the cock kept in the cathedral with a piece of the gallows hanging on the wall nearby.
It is interesting that this tale is almost the same as that of the Barcelos
cock in Portugal which gives that country its national symbol.
All have a telephone, satellite television, safe and a minibar.
The rooms are large and many of them have a desk, table and chairs and also four poster beds.
Luxury in the bedroom is needed to counteract he clock an the adjacent cathedral which religiously strikes every hour.
Distance from the nearest airport is approximately 60 kms, train station is 32 kms away and the nearest port is 130 kms away.
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Parador Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Plaza del Santo, 3
26250 Sto. Domingo de la Calzada, La Rioja
Latitude: 42° 26' 26.3898" N (42.44064013680252)
Longitude: 2° 57' 13.23" W (-2.953621745109558)
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|Comment posted by Kim Near|
|We stayed at the Parador Santo Domingo and we loved it. The atmosphere was fabulous The windows over looking the square as well as the amazing lobby. Felt like you were transported back in time, the staff was very professional. Great meal at the restaurant kiddy corner from the hotel. Also very interesting to see the pilgrims on their trek. Highly recommend as a stop in the region.|
|Comment posted by Mr M. Thorpe|
|We had an excellent stay. The Parador is well situated and very friendly. We have stayed here several times now and would certainly recommend it to anyone. The staff were very helpful and the meals were top class.|
|Comment posted by Birgitte Munk|
|We stayed at 3 different Paradores. Santa Domingo was the most spectacular witn a fantastic hall and nics rooms. The reception was very helpfull and kind. The rioja wineyards is very close to the village for a trip around- bike or car. We enjoyed our stay for two nights and will surely recommend this parador to our friends|
|Comment posted by Monika Wood|
|My husband and I stayed at the Santo Domingo parador in July. We truly enjoyjed our stay. Besides the fact that the hall is quite impressive we felt that the whole building was restorated and maintained in such a lovely way and with attention to detail. We had dinner in the restaurant and were extremely happy with the quality and taste of the food (and, may I say, we are not easy to please when it comes to food). And we loved the breakfast! The staff pay so much attention to detail. The selection was great. Even the most health-concious is being satisfied. And everything is prepared in lovely little portions, arranged on the buffet with great care. Truly enjoyed our stay - Thank you!|
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Parador hotel in the converted Old Hospital of the Jacabean Way.