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Parador de Alarcon
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

We stayed here for one night and would thoroughly recommend it! We were blown away by the initial view as you come in to Alarcon and the idea that we were staying right in a real castle (some of the Paradors have modern annexes attached to the historic building).
The Parador is small: only 14 rooms but has a large bar and restaurant; we didn't have dinner here but were offered it (on a Tuesday night) so I'm a bit puzzled by a previous review that says dining room was not open.
Breakfast is not the usual Parador buffet but lovely basket of pastries and then you could order whatever you liked.
Do walk the battlements both for views and to take you back a few centuries!
Only issue here is that Alarcon is very quiet in the week but that shouldn't put you off going.

Room Tip: The standard rooms are fine with a modern bathroom that is open to the bedroom but with a door to the loo. Rooms in the turret are superior and cost more.
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 20, 2013


We have stayed in many Paradors but agree this one had the most friendly and helpful staff.

When travelling with motorcycles we always prefer secure parking to be on the safe side.
The parador doesn't have secure parking but the lady at reception went out of her way to help by offering to lock the bikes in the central courtyard overnight.

We had a large atmospheric medievel room up in the tower accessed by a lift. Although the room was old the bathroom was luxurious and modern. The large alcove by the window was a great place to watch sunsets and the world go by.

In summary one of our favourite paradors.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Thank Dodgykipper
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

Stayed one night at this castle hotel and we loved everything about it. The hotel is not big and i think they have lesser than 20 rooms. It is our first time staying in a castle. The room was great but the design of the bathroom was a little weird because it doesn't have a door. Anyway, everything works perfectly fine for us. We appreciate the small little things offered by the hotel such as lovely chocolates and welcome letter ( introducing the history of our room, the castle and also to inform us that we can take the keys from reception to go up the castle for the full view of the area ). All the staffs provide very good service. The dining hall is amazingly beautiful and we had a nice breakfast there. Although it is not a buffet style breakfast, but we get almost everything we wanted to eat for breakfast. We walked around and found many church in such a small place. Highly recommend this hotel to everyone who plan to visit Alarcon.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank AngieNSY
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Reviewed April 27, 2013

While underway in Spain, we try to stay in paradors when possible. As a change of pace from Albacete, we decided on Alarcon. It is one of the most attractive paradors we've stayed in and a really unique location. Our room was very charming - with a great modern bathroom! So many times you get historic charm with historic bathrooms - not good - here not a problem. The reception was friendly and there was even a lift. The restuarant took one back to olden times but had a good menu. Wifi is good in the bar areas especially. The town itself is very small and is a nice afternoon stroll. Make sure to visit the pintura mural (muralalarcon.org) - an old church with the most amazing interior. Otherwise there are walks in the area, but we were just on an overnight stopover. Our route to the parador overlooked reservoir lake with great views.

Room Tip: I suppose it is best to ask for a view ....
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank ZurichKashew
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

We were visiting Spain and staying in Moraira with our cousin and his wife. Since we had to drive back to Madrid at the end of the visit, they said that they had a surprise for us and that it would involve driving halfway back to Madrid on the day before our departure flight from Madrid Airport and staying somewhere that they knew of. It is hard to describe the awe and wonder of first seeing the Parador de Alarcon. Driving along the A3 from Valencia toward Madrid you reach somewhat rolling terrain with long views across plains. At Alarcon you take a small side road and after a few miles you round a bend and suddenly you are confronted by a deep, deep, wide ravine with a mythical looking ridge running through the middle of the ravine with unbelievably steep sides and perched on top of the ridge is a Moorish castle, reachable only by a narrow rocky bridge of land with a narrow road on top. It wends it's way through an ancient castle gate and into a small cobblestoned village just in back of the main castle. It looks like something from the Lord of the Rings. The old castle was built in the eighth or ninth century and you stay in rooms right in the castle tower. You can walk the battlements and see for miles around. There is a fantastic restaurant as well. The rooms in the tower are ultra comfortable and modern. Of special note was our visit to the Church of St. John the Baptist in the little town square, now deconsecrated, but housing the unbelievable full wall and ceiling mural paintings by Jesus Mateo. There are other restaurants in the little village and stores, pharmacy, etc. If you are driving between Valencia and Madrid, this is not to be missed.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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