Parador de León

Pza. de San Marcos, 7 24001 León León
+34 987237300
Director: Alberto G. San Sebastián Vázquez

The Hostal de San Marcos is one of the most extraordinary historic hotels on the Old Continent. Construction of the building was begun in the 16th century, together with the bridge across the River Bernesga in the outskirts of León. It was built to house the peninsula's western headquarters for the Military Order of Saint James. The project was financed by King Ferdinand the Catholic. The magnificent hotel is a museum of stately function rooms, with a spectacular cloister and chapter house; spacious, elegant guest rooms; a library; and a wonderful restaurant that offers beautifully prepared traditional cuisine.

Some of the most prestigious architects and sculptors in the country and neighboring France worked on the carved façade, cloister, church and magnificent choir stalls. Its thick walls bore witness to important episodes in our history: they hosted the order’s chapter meetings, served as a place of confinement for such illustrious figures as writer Francisco Quevedo, and witnessed tragic periods, including its use as a concentration camp during the Spanish Civil War.

Over many centuries, as the friars tended the battered bodies of pilgrims, the knights of the order retook the peninsula from the Arabs. San Marcos was like a city in miniature, with animal pens, gardens, storehouses, stables, a wine cellar and a jail, as well as a corps of clerics, health workers and servants.

Today, the Hostal continues to take in travelers from all over the world, offering them the opportunity to experience history. During a stay in this exceptional building, guests can discover the grandeur of a unique city whose heritage reflects its past status as capital of the kingdom and its key role over so many centuries.

León is blessed with such beautiful treasures as its Gothic cathedral, which contains some of the most gorgeous stained glass windows in Europe; the Romanesque frescoes at San Isidro Collegiate Church, known as the Romanesque Sistine Chapel; and the most impressive Plateresque style façade, that of the Parador itself.

It is difficult to get a true feel for the city without visiting the old quarter, or without enjoying tapas in the Húmedo neighborhood, without strolling through San Martín Square and Las Palomas Square, without following the routes of the Way of St. James, the Roman Route, the Jewish Route and the Route of the Fountains. León is synonymous with eternal beauty, a wonderful legacy of the past which will leave no visitor indifferent.

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ALEXANDER's picture
ALEXANDER
07/10/2017
10

One of the best

DAVID's picture
DAVID
22/06/2017
10

Excellent stay and we will visit again

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DIANA
29/12/2016
10

Just spent Christmas week-end. here We had the most wonderful experience, great food, super service in a warm, quiet & very comfortable atmospheric hotel.
We have stayed in many Paradores& this is possibly the best Christmas in a Paradore.
The special Christmas Eve dinner (250+ guests) was simple excellent, wonderful food with terrific service by such friendly & attentive staff. Well done to all"!

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DEKEYSER
09/10/2016
10

We had a great stay in the Parador of Leon

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ALAN FRANCIS
11/09/2016
10

Wish we could have stayed longer,all the staff we met were extremely helpful
We had evening meal in the restaurant and both food and service was excellent
We upgraded our room to a junior suite which was very good with views onto the plaza

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LEE
06/08/2016
10

This is a stunning Parador steeped in history. We were delighted with our room, the restaurant was great, the staff were extremely helpful and the building itself is very inspiring. Make sure you get the free tour map and explore the hotel.

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ANN
30/05/2016
10

Breathtaking Parador with lots of history. Lovely river walk right by. Stayed for two nights in a suite, excellent. Had a lovely meal in the restaurant on the first night. The staff were very pleasant and helpful. Would definately recommend a stay here.

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LIAM
24/12/2015
10

Fabuloso. ¡¡Altamente recomendable!! Fantásico desayuno y el personal muy atento.

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BARRY
16/09/2015
10

Have stayed here several times, always impressed by the building and service. Staff always very helpful.

MICHAEL's picture
MICHAEL
02/09/2015
10

Very good

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bar
safe
heating
foreign exchange
Canal+
conferences and meetings
handicapped facilities
garden
laundry
mini-bar
no animals
parking
restaurant
hairdryer in guest rooms
credit cards
telephone in guest rooms
TV in guest rooms
wi-fi

What our Amigos think

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ALEXANDER
07/10/2017
10

One of the best