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Parador Zamora

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A four star luxury hotel in a fifteenth century Renaissance Palace - one of the Paradores of Spain

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In 1459 the Count of Alba and Aliste built his palace here on the ruins of an Arab "alcazaba" (fortress).

The building opened as a Parador in 1968 and in its conversion the cloisters and the carving on the main staircase were carefully preserved.
Parador in Zamora - view from bedroom
The cloister and the gallery above are now incorporated into the living space by the addition of large windows.

The medieval atmosphere inside Zamora Parador has been maintained with tapestries, suits of armour, noble rugs and heraldic banners.

The bedrooms are large and comfortably furnished and many have four poster beds.

It is located in the historical centre of the capital of the province of Zamora and offers the traveller the opportunity to discover all the beauty of the natural, monumental and artistic surroundings of the area.

Outside, there is an attractive, well looked after garden with a swimming pool set in a large lawned area.

Meals may be taken in the dining room or on the terrace outside. As is usual in the Parador Group, the menu features local dishes as well as international cuisine. The regional dishes worth tasting include:
Zamora Parador Hotel - swimming pool "Bacalao a la tranca" which is a dish based on the dried salted cod that is popular though out the peninsular;
"Pulpo a la sanabresa" being a dish based on octopus;
"Presas de ternera" , stuffed roast veal;
For dessert try:
"Rebojo zamorano" which is a sweet based on biscuits in a liqueur sauce, or
"Natillas almendradas" being an almond flavoured custard;

With the meal, try the locally produced wine "Sangue de Toro". It comes from the local village of Toro but is usually translated as 'bull's blood'. Due to its alcohol content , moderation is advised.

Zamora is often called 'the pearl of the twelfth century' and time should be taken for a visit. The cathedral was founded in 1135. In the cathedral museum there are tapestries given in 1608 by the Count of Alba and Aliste with scenes of Hannibal's journeys and the story of Troy.

Also worth a visit is the Convent of las Duenas, and the churches of Espiritu Santo, Magdalena and San Cipriano. bedroom at Zamora Parador hotel- a Spanish Parador

Look at the statue in the main square of the famous guerilla leader, Viriatus, who won eight battles against the occupying Roman armies. The red flashes in the coat of arms of the city remember his exploits.

Toro is famous for more than its wine. A visit to the church of Santa Maria la Mayor is worthwhile. Pause to reflect on the difficulties of living in the past because you are on the site of the bloody Battle of Toro fought in 1476.

The Easter celebrations in Zamora have been declared as of "International Touristic Interest" with processions through the streets.

This Parador hotel has forty twin bedded rooms, five with a double bed, six suites and one easy access room. All the rooms have a private bathroom a telephone, internet access, satellite television, safe and mini bar.

There is air conditioning and central heating in the Parador of Zamora. Other facilities include wireless internet in communal areas, currency exchange, lift, car park (limited places and no reservations), satellite television, a gift shop and a seasonal swimming pool, restaurant and bar. Conference facilities are available if requested.

Distance from the nearest airport is approximately 65 kms and the nearest train station is 1 km away.

Animals are not allowed.

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RACK RATES
2014
Rates in Euros
Standard Room w/ canopy bed Room w/ living room
Jan and Feb,
Nov and Dec
158190237
Mar to June
and Oct
171205257

July to Sep
176211264
Easter000
Breakfast 16 per person per day               Lunch or Dinner 33 per person per day

Rates are per day, per room, for 1 or 2 persons and include tax
General terms and conditions

PROMOTIONOVERVIEW (For more detailed information use the links below)
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

 

Directions
Parador Zamora
Plaza de Viriato, 5
49001 Zamora, Zamora
Latitude: 41 30' 9.5574" N (41.50276016035345)
Longitude: 5 44' 54.3768" W (-5.748703479766846)
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Guests' Comments
Comment posted by John Smith
2013-07-09 13:10:56
The Parador is architecturally and historically interesting and well located in the old city. The reception desk is somewhat slow in processing arrival and departure. Parking can be a problem the car park has limited places if you are lucky enough to get a parking slot it can be a nightmare maneuvering in and out and there is no procedure for making reservations. If there is none available, parking is possible outside next to the building but inconvenient because parking tickets have to purchased every four hours otherwise you could be fined by local police, parking is free after 9pm until 8am daily & after 2pm on Saturday & all day Sunday, there is paid parking at a public garage five minutes from the Parador. The decor in the parador itself is exactly what one would expect, slightly faded, totally appropriate for the building. Our room in the old historical part of the parador was good and clean, overlooking one of the main squares, from where it was possible to look down taking care not to lean on the balcony railings some of the bolts had broken. The restaurant food is mediocre with limited menu choices but eating in the restaurant itself can be an experience a specially when the chef loses his temper with the waiting staff but not a bad Irish coffee. The breakfast is good. Our overall impression of the Zamora Parador not the best of the 21 Paradors we have stayed in to date.
Comment posted by Faustino Gomez
2012-11-26 20:51:02
Have been in Zamora twice this year, and will return many times more. The Parador is architecturally and historically interesting and well located in the old city. The reception desk is somewhat slow in processing arrival and departure.Parking at our second visit was a problem since none was available, except outside next to the building but inconvenient because parking tickets had to purchased every four hours otherwise you could be fined by local police. We ended paying for parking at a public garage five minutes from the Parador.
Comment posted by WHD Lumby
2012-05-06 17:09:37
The comments by Anthony Smith regarding the Parador of Zamora needs comment although this site has no record of his email address and he probably booked elsewhere. The 5 night card can be used at the same or different Paradores and if he was not happy with the facilities of the town and hotel he could have gone to a different Parador(s). The five night card is in standard accommodation and does not include breakfast but instead there is a 20% discount on all meals taken in the restaurant (drinks not included). The site states that the car park has limited places and no reservations. All special offers of the Parador group can be obtained through this site but must be requested at the time of booking. If use is made of the email option, experienced staff check the reservation. If the automated immediate web booking option is chosen, the client decides on the pricing options and we cannot give our usual lowest price guarantee
Comment posted by Anthony Smith
2011-10-11 08:55:28
We planed a 15 day trip through northern Spain using Paradors, unfortunately the only special deal we were able to obtain was a 5 day stay at Zamora. We did not realize and were not told on check in that the deal included breakfast . This was our first experience with the Paradors and I think it will be a long time before we consider staying at another. I think that even with special deals ( if you can get them ) they are over priced and poorly located. As for Zamora it was disappointing our room was in the " new block " the bar and restaurant was expensive the swimming pool particularly badly managed . Parking is also a problem but not unique to Zamora we probably paid close to 300 euros for overnight parking during our 15 day trip.
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The Parador hotel of Zamora in a fifteenth century renaissance Palace.



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