Parador "Hostal Dos Reis Catolicos"
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One thing about getting here, it is a bit of a bear. From San Sebastián to Santiago de Compostela on the train, it was about 10 hours. But hey, a woman that I met in Barcelona that was going to walk The Camino was planning on it taking her 8 weeks, so, I can deal! It didn't hurt that when I boarded, the conductor passed out ear phones, we were …
I booked another last minute trip away to Santiago de Compostela and this time invited my friend Victoria who has just arrived in Oviedo. We study together at Exeter so it was great to catch up with her again. It was nice to have a travel buddy too!
Instead of walking there along the famous Camino we took the lazy option of a 6 hour bus ride on Friday afternoon. When we arrived in Santiago it was raining heavily, surprise surprise! ...
... this last week also spoilt us with some lovely modern Albergues though did also introduce us on one night to a whole new interpretation of 'central heating' (ie one small heater in the centre of a 25 bed room!) Albergues are the 'hotels' for pilgrims which range in their facilities anywhere from some 35 beds crammed into a very small renovated church with minimal areas for ablutions or socialising and where one provides their own sleeping bags and hopes not to find any of ...
... pilgrim is also granted an "indulgence" for forgiveness of their sins. From my Cruz de Ferro post you know that I believe that only faith in Christ matters when it comes to my salvation so I have an "indulgence" I won't be using. (Can these be sold on e-Bay?) So there you have it, our Camino has ended. 800km plus or minus by foot in 34 days. Many sore muscles and invaluable lessons learned. If you check out the Internet forums you will find many "serial Caminoists" ...
... Pension, which is like a B&B. That meant that we had nowhere to leave the bags s there is no reception, but the man was smart enough to use his dumb phone to translate for us and told us the we could leave the bags with him and return later.
Off we went into the old city and went into the Cathedral which is the finish point for all the pilgrims, including Jane and Chloe. It is a big and very impressive place, but we ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Parador "Hostal Dos Reis Catolicos" Santiago de Compostela
Éste es un hotel maravilloso. Me hospedé aquí con mi esposa durante unos días para nuestra luna de miel. El hotel está ubicado en una de las plazas más hermosas de Europa en el centro de Santiago de Compostela, justamente a la par de la Catedral. Todo el vecindario que rodea el Parador también es una joya, compuesto sólo por edificios antiguos. Aquí uno puede respirar la historia. Dicen que éste es el hotel más viejo del mundo. Los reyes Católicos Fernando de Aragón e Isabel de Castilla levantaron este edificio para que sirviera como un hotel y un hospital para los peregrinos de San Juan. Encontrarás jardines barrocos originales, piezas de arte, muebles históricos, y sobre todo, un ambiente muy español y elegante. El Parador también tiene buenos servicios, como un bar al estilo inglés, un desayuno genial, y un garaje para tu coche, lo cual es muy importante en una ciudad como la de Santiago de Compostela.
Just not quite 100%
Don't get me wrong, this is one of those 'trip of a lifetime" places - but like all Paradores, though excellent in so many ways. it does let itself down in others. The service can be a little off-hand - though the food inthe main restaurant is as good as I've eaten in any Parador - and as usual, another gripe with Paradors, you can't get a cup of coffee before 11AM. We had to change rooms because the air-conditioning had failed in the first - no problem but the a/c was not much better in the second, and it was well into the 30Cs at the time. And the main residents' lounge was taken up by a noisy and unused disco one night, don't ask me why.
My new hubby and I stayed here at the halfway point through our three week honeymoon in Spain. Originally we weren't planning on including Santiago de Compestela in our trip, but wow are we glad we did!
We loved the Parador
We stayed for 4 nights with our 6month old daughter and loved it as well as Santiago as a city. The location next to the cathedral is perfect and the building is fantastic and has been very sympathetically restored/converted. The staff were friendly and we felt very welcome with our baby.
We ate in the tapas restaurant one night which was relaxed, of good quality and reasonably priced. The more formal restaurant we didn't try but it seemed very pricey in comparison. The hotel bar was nice but also seemed quite expensive compared to the rest of Santiago. However, the whisky we had was enormous even by Spanish standards.
This is a marvellous hotel. I stayed here with my wife for a few days in our honeymoon.
Jenny and myself have just completed a tour of Galicia and Asturias by courtesy of Mundi Color and our first two nights got off to a cracking start.
Staying in history
This has to be one of the most beautiful hotels in one of the most beautiful cities in Spain. True the service is not up to 5 star standards and there is no air-con which can be problematic. However, if you care about art, achitecture and atmosphere, I defy anyone to find a more beautiful place to stay the night. The position opposite the Cathedral is superb.
We stayed at this hotel in October and loved it. Santiago is a wonderful place to visit, and this hotel is perfect. The staff are not overly friendly, but they were helpful when we had questions and did not hesitate to search out the answers to our questions. My first impression of the shops in Santiago was not very good...but we did find some lovely shops eventually. One shop in particular I would recommend for locally made jewelry is Obxetos de Regalo, Rua Don Vilar 4. I wanted to hear music because that is what my guidebooks said we would find in Santiago. The music time is apparently in the summer. In October, that is not the case, however. But we happened to see two young men walking by dressed like troubadors and we asked them where they were going. They were part of a TUNA and invited us to come with them. A TUNA is a university fraternity-type organization of young men who sing and play the guitar. They are like the knights of old in their chivalry and honor to women through their music. We spent the night until 2:00 a.m. with about 20 young men of the TUNA and had the best evening of the trip sitting in a sidewalk cafe listening to them sing rancheras from Mexico. I thought they would perhaps sing typical music from Spain or Galicia...that is not the case...they sing rancheras by tradition. But what a wonderful evening it was and I will never forget it. They loved practicing their English on us. They were from the Law Faculty and actually most of them have graduated and are practicing law. I would hope that anyone going to Santiago would seek out the TUNA and have an evening such as ours.
Not to be missed. Perfect location.
When in Spain the best places to stay are the Paradores which this one is in Santiago. They are government owned hotels usually with historical significance not to be missed. This is a unique experience...go for it!
My wife and I attended our son's wedding in Santiago De Compostella in August and spent two nights at this lovely and historic Parador..We may have received somewhat preferential treatment as we hosted a rehersal dinner at the Hotel. Our room was spectacular with canopied twin beds and beautiful antiques and reproduction furniture [room no.308]. We dined at the hotel twice for lunch; once in the main dining room and once in the cafe. The food was quite good. The service professional if somewhat cool. They offer an extensive breakfast buffet which was included in the daily rate [$162.US at the time]. The price is on the high end for Santiago but represents excellent value. We loved the hotel and would stay there again anytime. English is somewhat limited on staff but ultimately available. Note: some friends were given rooms that they did not like for one reason or another, but were quickley switched upon request to better quarters.