Photos courtesy of Hostal del Cardenal
Single rooms: from 59 euros
Double rooms: from 88 euros
Rates include tax and service.
Open: all year
Toledo is 70 km south of Madrid. Bus and train service from Madrid is available, with buses being preferable. Toledo’s train station lies outside the main part of town, requiring a taxi ride. The hotel sits on the north side of town and parallels the Arab walls.
Walks through the old town of Toledo.
Just below the old town of Toledo, the Hostal del Cardenal is an oasis of peace and charm. Set into the ancient city walls, next to the Bisagra Gate, you must climb a series of steps (keep this in mind if you have difficulties with mobility) to reach the top of the crenellations where the hotel sits.
Don’t worry about having to climb more steps to reach the center of old Toledo, nearby escalators will whisk you up the hill.
The hotel’s best feature is the terraced, Moorish-style garden, with a fountain reminiscent of the Alhambra, which welcomes you each time you return.
A centuries-old ambiance permeates throughout the hotel’s public rooms, which feature salons filled with occasional antiques and paintings.
Pleasant guest rooms have whitewashed walls, tile accents, and handmade rugs. Some rooms have balconies with views of the garden and city walls. All have modern bathrooms and air-conditioning.
Watching the sunset from the ancient walls.