Exterior photos ©Pamela Barrus; interior photos courtesy of Hospedería del Real Monasterio
Single rooms: 55–62 euros
Double rooms: 75 euros
Rates include tax; breakfast extra
Open: all year except for mid- January to mid-February
Guadalupe is in the eastern part of Extremadura along route C-401. Local buses connect the town to other cities in the area.
Nearby: the monastery with the famous statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe; paintings by Zurburán
The accommodations here are housed in a wing of the monastery where a Gothic cloister and an old school of medicine once existed.
Open to the public in 1972, this interesting and delightful hospice offers clean and comfortable rooms. All have modern bathrooms, while a few guest rooms have high vaulted ceilings and canopied beds. Guest rooms are air-conditioned—a blessing in this part of Spain in the summer.
A bar is situated in the cloisters and meals are served in a high-ceiling, wood-beamed dining room. Often meals are served in the cloister, and when the weather becomes too warm, a canopy is drawn across to keep things cool. You may order well-prepared meals from a set-menu or a la carte.
The monastery at Guadalupe is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The monastery produces its own liqueur.