Santiago’s No 1 Hotel - Parador Dos Reis Catolicos
One of the most famous hotels in Europe lies at the end of the Camino Frances. It's called the Parador Dos Reis Catolicos. The Dos Reis Catolicos refers to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel, who completed their own pilgrimage in the late 1400s. To support the growth of the Camino de Santiago, they built new hostels, bridges, churches and fountains all along the route. The original Hostal Dos Reis Catolicos was built right next to the Cathedral to serve as a place where pilgrims could rest and recover. Pilgrims could spend about 3 days here, free of charge, receiving sustenance and medical & spiritual attention.
Today, it is one of the jewels in the Paradores chain of hotels. The Paradores is a unique entity; a state-owned portfolio of 4 and 5-star hotels, located in some of Spain's greatest monumental buildings. Santiago's Parador also claims to be the oldest hotel in the world. In terms of the Camino - the location is unbeatable, placed right on the Square next to the Cathedral. We work with many other Paradores in Spain and on our Camino routes.
The Parador itself is set around four Renaissance and Gothic cloistered courtyards. Guests feel immersed in the history and architecture of the building, which is adorned with religious fine art, tapestries and antique furnishings. There are plush sitting rooms for residents, as well as cafe bar and restaurants.
Rooms range from standard level up to luxurious suites with canopy beds, marble bathrooms and antique furnishings. Breakfast is an eye-popping buffet feast, displaying just about every dish imaginable. The hotel restaurants, one formal one informal, offer Galician cuisine.
A night here can be an expensive treat and it is one of many wonderful hotels in Santiago. Given its special status, it's essential to book ahead. At certain times of the year, prices can soar. The good news is - Walk The Camino has special pilgrim rates for its clients, should you be tempted to indulge yourself at the end of your journey to Santiago.