Parador Hostal Dos Reis Catolicos
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Up early again as we wanted to get to Santiago as early as possible. Started walking at 7.30 and by the time reached the outskirts it was still a foggy morning so the dream of looking out from the lookout to Santiago did not eventuate. Pushed on and as we walked through the approaches the rain came down however as we reached the cathedral it …
... us. We met Kate at the fountain and followed her to a bar where her husband was saving us a table under an umbrella to protect us from the heat of the day. It was really great to finally meet Nigel whom we'd heard so much about. We promptly ordered six G&Ts, there were six of us they weren't all for me, and relaxed!
I wandered the streets during the afternoon to check out more of this magnificent city, went to St Francis church to pick up another ...
... from the sky. Found brekky about the 4km mark, woofed down and out the door to see quite a traffic jam of pilgrims. Really picked up in the last few days. Doing our usual pace we left them far behind fairly quickly. No 2nd coffee stop this morning - simply charging for the finish line - except of course the compulsory bathroom stop and you can't use those unless you purchase something so Hamish squaffs down an espresso, Hedley a coke and I grabbed ...
... and the evening past spent with Benino and Jean-Pierre one of the real highlights!
You will notice that the photography today was limited...tiredness becoming more and more evident and it was a real kick in the teeth when the fist main town we reached after three hours walking was effectively a ghost town...save the noise of every dog that barked 'Buen Camino' violently as we passed. Thankfully Craig had a stick which offered some comfort but was ...
... you on what date the place will close.
A similar problem exists on a daily basis throughout Spain. Most shops close in the middle of the day, for two to four hours, but there is no uniformity about the opening and closing times. Typical is 10 to 13 h and 16 to 20, but equally possible is 11 to 14:30 and 17 to 19:30.
Restaurants are different of course. Some serve food all day, others open and close. Typical might be 13 to 15:30 ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsParador Hostal Dos Reis Catolicos Santiago de Compostela
Ne pas hésiter à rentrer : vous êtes chez vous . Passer par le bar et puis au 3ème et déambuler tranquillement puis redescendre par les jardins. Il y'a un menu pèlerin à 15€ . Ne pas manger comme moi au "gastrocultural" à côté de l'AJ ou je dors si mal . J'ai encore l'huile de la morue congelée sur l'estomac. Décidément que l'on mange mal en Gallice.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Parador Hostal Dos Reis Catolicos Santiago de Compostela
¿Qué tan maravilloso podría ser un hotel?
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.
Beautiful, Historic, Wonderful Stay at the Parador!
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 came in by overnight train, and arrived at the doorstep of the Parador at roughly 8 am (and it was still pitch black outside! It stayed light out til 9 pm), and we were thrilled to find that they let us into a room right away, no need to wait til noon or anything, and no extra charge.
We were led through two pretty courtyards to our room, which was extremely comfortable, with beautiful wood furniture and lovely art on the walls. The bathroom was also very nice, although we needed to let the shower run for a little while before the water turned hot.
I wanted to go to Santiago de Compestela because I studied the Cathedral in art history. Outside of Rome and the Holy Land (which was unaccessable), the Cathedral and it's relic of St. James was considered the most holy pilgrimage site in the middle ages. We saw a bunch of modern day pilgrims during our stay, too. This is a place where you can breathe the history in the air. And, I'd say that you step out the door of the Parador and it's all right there, but the Parador is part of the history too!
We ate at the fancy restaurant in the lower level, as it was included in our weekend price package. It was a wonderful meal with delicious desserts! It was also a very medieval feeling space, with high arches and thick stone walls.
It's true that Santiago felt more like Great Britain than like Spain -- very green and misty, with Celtic influences. We really enjoyed our 2 night stay.
(If you stay at this Parador and then eat at Botin in Madrid, you'll have stayed in the oldest hotel in the world and eaten at the oldest restaurant!)
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.
How wonderful could a hotel be!
This is a marvellous hotel. I stayed here with my wife for a few days in our honeymoon.
It is located in one of the most beautiful plazas of Europe, in the heart of Santiago de Compostela, right beside the Cathedral. The whole neighborhood that surrounds the Parador is also a gem, composed only by ancient buildings.
Here one can breathe history. They say this is the oldest hotel all over the world. The Catholic Kings (Ferdinando de Aragón and Isabel de Castilla) erected this building to serve as a hotel and hospital for the pilgrims of Saint James.
You will find original baroque gardens, artpieces, historical furniture and - first of all - a very Spanish and classy ambiance.
The Parador also has good services, like a good English-styled bar, a terrific breakfast and a garage for your car - which is very importante in a ciuty like Santiago de Compostela.
A place to visit before you die
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.
We were met at the airport of Santiago de Compostela by private car and transported to the Parador Hostal de Los Reyes Catolicos; we were stunned.
The Parador is on the Praza do Obradoiro which it shares with its famous Cathedral purportedly housing the bones of one of Christ's apostles; Saint James.
There are few cars allowed in the Praza; taxis, hire cars and social services, maybe half a dozen at any time.
The only bar on the Praza is the one of the Parador.
So you get the idea of a place that is something special.
And the Parador contains antiques going back several hundred years and has its own chapel. Furthermore, of the thousands of pilgrims walking to the Cathedral the Parador retains a tradition of feeding some free of cost.
A unique setting indeed, the Cathedral is just across the way, and one backed up by the services of a 5*GL hotel.
O.K., my first ten photographs were taken in the hotel itself. At sixty two years old and having travelled extensively I am not easily impressed, but this was impressive in terms of history and location.
My wife, who doesn't normally comment on our lodging reckoned that this was the best of the hotels we had stayed in in terms of history, location, food and services.
And we thoroughly enjoyed the rest of our journey through Gambados, Leon (another wonderful Parador), Luarca and A Corunia.
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.
What a wonderful memory.
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!
Two nights in August, 2002
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.