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Parador de Leon - Luxury holidays to Leon

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  • About this holiday

    The Parador de Leon is closed until March 2020.

    Parador de Leon is a stunning five star hotel located in the tree lined Plaza de San Marcos in Leon. Dating back to the 16th Century, this historic hotel is an ideal short break for those wishing to taste the culture and history of Leon in luxurious surroundings. Explore the town on foot, reaching both Leon’s Cathedral, also known as the House of Light, and the even older Basilica de San Isidoro with its Romanesque architecture in 20 minutes. There are also a number of parks around the hotel which are ideal for relaxation. From Leon, it is easy to explore the surrounding area by hire-car, enjoying the untamed beauty of the Parque Natural de Montesinho or Salamanca’s shell covered gothic palace and its cathedrals, both within 2 hours’ drive. Parador de Leon is also well placed to be used as part of a longer, touring holiday of Spain, perhaps on the way to Santiago de Compostela at about 3 hours’ drive or coastal San Sebastian which is about 4 hours away.

    The journey and how you get there

    Parador de Leon is about 2 hours’ drive from Asturias airport.


    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays include return scheduled flights with Easyjet London Stansted to Asturias airport, hire car and bed and breakfast accommodation. British Airways flights to Bilbao are also available.

    Holiday prices

    Sample prices for 3 nights are per person and based on two people sharing a classic double room.
    Low season prices from £570 per person for 3 nights.
    High season prices from £630 per person fro 3 nights.
    The price displayed here are a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up to date special offers.

    Hotel code


    Our opinion

    Parador de Leon is a stunning example of history and luxury combined.

    Hotel description

    The five star Parador de Leon is a luxury hotel of extraordinary history and stunning architecture found in the centre of Leon. Located on the banks of the Rio Bernesga, the hotel was formerly the 16th Century centre for the Military Order of Saint James, financed by King Ferdinand and containing numerous stately rooms, a cloister and chapter house. Historically the building has been used as a hospital, grain store, and as a prison during the Spanish Civil War, there still remains something undeniably palatial about the exterior and ambience of the grand hotel. Found on the vast and tree edged Plaza de San Marcos, Parador de Leon has rows of windows which are surrounded by beautifully carved pale stone, its roof crowned with a diadem of ornate pillars which rise from the sides of each French balcony. Inside, the decoration remains luxuriously historical with large chandeliers handing from arched ceilings and rich brocade covered furniture. Tapestries and aged portraits hang on the walls, whilst in the 226 rooms soft low lighting and ornately carved, dark wooden furniture adds a romantic appearance. The Restaurante Rey Don Sancho is found in a large stately room and is decorated in a modern, chic style with monochromatic colours. Dishes authentic to Leon are proudly served at the restaurant, giving a taste of history and tradition but with a gourmet edge such salt beef with chestnut and sour fig puree or venison with grape sauce, all paired with a varied and local wine list. The hotel’s courtyard garden contains neat and lush boarders and is surrounded by tall archways with a number of ornate statues. Parador de Leon combines an historical ambience with modern luxuries and is ideal for those seeking to explore the history and culture of Leon with its grand cathedral, Basilica de San Isidoro and the MUSAC modern art museum all within 20 minutes’ walk from the hotel.



    Official star rating


    Annual opening

    Closed 15 December 2017 to 28 February 2020

    Distance from airport


    Closest airport

    Asturias airport

    Room types

    Parador de Leon has 226 rooms containing heating and air-conditioning, satellite TV, laundry service, telephone and minibar. Rooms are divided into the following categories:
    Standard Twin Room
    Standard Double Room

    Hotel facilities and services

    Restaurant, bar, garden, foreign exchange, parking, Wi-Fi, laundry, lift.

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Stained glass windows in Leon’s Cathedral, San Isidoro 10th Century Basicila, Gaudi’s Casa Botines, the Palacio de los Guzmanes government building, Barrio Humedo and the Museo de Leon. MUSAC is Castille and Leon’s Museum of Modern Art and lies 1km from the hotel, Valperquero cave lies at 43km distance, the historical mining site of Las Medulas and the popular, beautiful walking trail of Cares Route are both about 125km away.

    Sports nearby

    Tennis, Golf - nearest course 5km, Basketball, Country pursuits including trout fishing, Jet skiing, River Cruises.


    Minimum stays

    Other information

    Parador de Leon has facilities for guests with disabilities.


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