Photos courtesy of Parador de Santiago de Compostela
Double rooms: 167–257 euros
Single rooms: 80% of double room rate
Rates include tax and breakfast.
Open: all year
Santiago de Compostela is in the far northwest corner of Spain and is accessible by all forms of transportation. The hotel is in the center of town on the main plaza.
Nearby: the cathedral; walking tour of the old town; horseback riding; golf; tennis; canoeing; fishing; swimming; hiking
Located on Santiago’s main plaza, the Parador de Santiago de Compostela—sometimes called the Hostal de los Reyes Católicos—faces the cathedral, which can be seen from miles away. The spectacular structure looks more like a monument than a hotel. Its façade features a magnificent Plateresque doorway extending the full height of the buildings. Four large, open-air, interior patios feature gardens, fountains, and covered walkways. Columns support a gorgeous dome and 16th-century gilded wrought-iron grillwork. Paintings by El Greco and Goya grace the walls, while antiques adorn every room.
Guest rooms range from simple rooms to lavish suites. One suite—which has been occupied by General Franco and various members of European nobility—features a coffered ceiling, oil paintings, and a fireplace. It is furnished with an ornate canopy bed, carved chests, and gilt mirrors.
The restaurant, located in a large stone vaulted room, offers a fine selection of well-prepared Galician cuisine.
Considered one of the oldest hotels in the world.
Splendid location across from the catédral.