Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Parador de Santiago de Compostela
What it is
A former pilgrims’ hospital built in 1499 that’s just as restorative today.
What it isn't
Tech-forward. Yes, it has electricity now, but don’t expect an iPad in every room; you’re here to soak up the history.
What we think
The first ten Way of St. James pilgrims that cross the Parador’s doorstep every morning get a gratis lunch—as they have since 1499. That tells you something about this hotel’s heartfelt hospitality and its history-steeped traditions. With exteriors graced by intricate granite carvings and 137 antique-laden rooms—many set around the four manicured interior courtyards—you’ll feel like you’re in a scene from 1967’s Camelot. But ultimately, this hotel is notable for what it lacks: a spa, pool, gym….all more than made up for by the bucket list experience of simply being there, in a centuries-old spiritual mecca.
You're here because
Queen Isabella I and King Ferdinand II once slept here. And nobody makes pilgrimages to chain hotels.
Down in the subterranean Restaurante dos Reis, you have trouble taking your eyes off the cathedral-worthy vaulted stone ceilings—that is, until the octopus arrives.
On pedestrian-only Obradoiro Square, where City Hall and Santiago University are also located in Gothic/Romanesque structures.
Restaraunts & Bars
Restaurante dos Reis - A historic place serving Spanish cuisine
Enxebre de Hostal - Traditional Galician cuisine
Hotel Bar - Perfect place to enjoy a drink or coffee