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“Medieval Castle Beautifully Remodeled” 4 of 5 stars
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Parador de Siguenza
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Plaza del Castillo s/n, 19250 Siguenza, Spain   |  
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Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Siguenza
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“Medieval Castle Beautifully Remodeled”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2011

The parador is situated on a hill overlooking the city. It is a beautifully remodeled castle that retain most of its glory, yet it's a very confortable hotel. The surrounding area has maintain its old appearance, but there are some houses that are a bit run down.
There are not too many shops around the parador, but there is a restaurants close by that looked really busy when we passed it.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2011

In a nutshell: nice for one night if you are a castle lover or want a different hotel setting, but eat in the city and do not expect 5-star service.

At almost 200 euros per night (superior room, accommodation only), this is not a bargain hotel, but it makes for a nice one-night stay if you are looking for a charming, different hotel. There are none of the amenities (spa, fitness center, pool) you would expect at that price in such a location (small town 45 minutes away from Madrid) but the reason you're paying is for the building itself, which is a huge,12th century castle that was almost completely destroyed and has been fully and tastefull restored.

The hotel is only a short walk from the center of the town of Siguenza, which can be visited in a day. I would therefore recommend just staying at the castle for one night. Based on recommendations on local websites, we booked the superior room with a jacuzzi, but I would not recommend it: it had not been used for some time and was very dirty. For the same price, you can get a room with a terrace, which must be much nicer. The rooms are otherwise clean (slight piping problem smell in the bathroom) and quite big and spacious (double bed, reading area next to the window and sofa + one-seater).

The hotel's inner court and the bar are always full of tourists, so keep that in mind... but the rest of the hotel is for guests only and is worth exploring. Don't miss the tiny chapel, which you can see from the 2nd (floor).

The food and drinks at the hotel are of course overpriced (main tourist spot in Siguenza) but are still reasonable compared to the prices in a big city. I know many people complained about rude service, but our experience was ok, although not to the standards of a hotel of this price and category.

However, if you are looking for a good and cheap place to eat, go to the Bar El Atrio, which is right next to the cathedral. It is very casual and the clientele is mostly local. It looks like a bar and not a restaurant, but you can eat lunch and dinner there and have a good glass of wine for less than 2 euros.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2011

This Parador is absolutely stunning. The public areas are beautifully designed and decorated and there is a lovely small garden in an extremely large courtyard. We had a fantastic suite which had been decorated with care and with entirely appropriate furniture which had been carefully selected to match the ancient interior. The staff at reception were exceptionally polite and helpful. We were made to feel welcome from the very moment of our arrival and our only regret that we stayed one night. In particular we should mention the very nice and accommodating lady who runs the bar area. Nothing was too much trouble and although there were large number of guests, everything was done with absolute precision and we were made to feel thoroughly welcome. We dined in the Parador restaurant and even though several groups of coach tour guests had arrived, it did not faze the service in the restaurant at all. The food was very good and served with great politeness, friendliness and professionalism. The staff at this Parador clearly are very proud of it, and it really shows. We really enjoyed the breakfast. A Parador not to be missed. There is no problem with parking. It is free and lots of space. The town is also worth exploring. It is very ancient surrounding the Parador. Well worth walking round the surrounding streets and looking at the ancient churches and architecture. Descending to the bottom of the hill the town becomes more "modern" as it is more 18th-century than 12th century! Well worth a visit, and again a Parador not to be missed.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

Don't get me wrong, this is a very interesting place to stay, but the 4 stars and the pricing is over the top. Cleanliness was so so, and the fact that they had old furniture (to match the medieval castle style) did not hel either. Small windows and lack of a/c did not help with comfort.

If you wish spend a night, but not more than that. The town is also an interesting visit if you are not in a hurry to get elsewhere.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2011

This hotel definitely has an awe factor. Recommended to us by family we stayed at the end of May in the off peak season. The hotel is absolutely stunning and the renovation work done from the castle ruins is amazing. The room was clean, modern and comfy, with spectacular views over the town and countryside beyond. Some people mentioned about the lack of light in the room, but this is a medieval castle, with medieval windows so it is a little on the dark side but this didn't bother us.

Some reviews also mentioned about the poor service from the staff but from our experience they were really welcoming and cooperative. We actually booked for the wrong night and only realised when we arrived but they changed this free of charge and were very helpful throughout our stay.

Because it was off season there was a Spring set course menu in the restaurant, which was 20 EUR for 4 courses and I have to say this is one of the best meals we've had whilst on a holiday. It's worth just eating in the restaurant to experience the fine banqueting hall and being treated like a King & Queen! You should take advantage of the buffet breakfast as there is a wide range of choice and the standard is very high.

You have to be wary of driving through the very narrow streets but there is plenty of parking around the hotel once you get up there! The town of Siguenza is only small so you will only need to stay here for one day but it is a little hidden gem. The surprisingly huge church, shops and other restaurants are only a short 10 minute walk down the hill but remember the walk back is up a steep hill...

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2011

The Parador at Siguenza highlights the joys and problems of the Parador model. On the one hand how else do you get to stay in an 8th century Moorish castle; on the other, do you want to? In practice we would have been glad to stay here a night as it would be a shame to miss it if you are in this part of Spain. But more is pushing the hotel and the town.
Substantially rebuilt from a shell, the interior is somewhat gloomy thanks to small windows and dark floors. The central courtyard is open to the public who flood in through an archway – sadly the portcullis has been locked in the up position. So the main bar/lounge area is full of local families watching loud TV; fun for them; not for us. There is a separate vast residents lounge but they have managed to make it very uninviting so people stroll in, have a poke around and stroll out.
The dining hall (breakfast too) is punctuated by four vast stone arches comprising 30 stones apiece each of which two men would struggle to lift. Try to get a window table and try to ignore the dirty glass as the view across the valley is still great. The food is patchy – my wife loved her roast kid, my fillet of veal was of the ‘slab of meat’ style of cooking.
The bedroom was fine. It is made a little dark by a roofed balcony, but that is worth it for having somewhere to sit out. Not all rooms do. Ours overlooked the courtyard which was quiet at night, but one or two look out across the valley which must be lovely.
Others have commented on the service. We found it to be a bit patchy. Some of the staff are a bit aloof, but they are perfectly polite and attentive.
All in all, glad I went, and would be happy to return if passing, but I would not go out of my way to do so.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2011

Parador de Siguenza was the third Parador on our Cid Tour though Spain and the most disappointing. There castle itself is just amazing, high on the hill above the delightful town. The restoration is fantastic with a beautiful sunny inner courtyard. The rooms are clean & up to the usual good Parador standard. What completly lets this hotel down is the abysmal service. We got the impression that the staff just didn't want to be there! Unfriendly,miserable doesn't begin to describe the service. The food was pretty bad too!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Plaza del Castillo s/n, 19250 Siguenza, Spain
Location: Spain > Castile-La Mancha > Province of Guadalajara > Siguenza
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Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Siguenza
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Hotel Class:4 star — Parador de Siguenza 4*
Number of rooms: 74
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