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“An impressive piece of history”
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Parador de Alarcon
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Alarcon
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 8, 2007

Unless you own your own castle this is as good as it gets. The facilities are excellent as whoever did the renovation clearly went all out. As you drive across the open countyside the castle becomes visable in the distance, and as you arrive, the winding one lane road passes through the exterior walls, with sheer dropoffs on either side. Once through the little town,the castle ,on the absolute edge of the cliff, seems a bit austere, but once inside is actually quite cozy. We were fortunate to have two windows in our room with 4 foot thick walls and all the expected amenities of a modern hotel in an 8th century fortress. The restaurant was excellent, and sitting in the lounge/ bar area in front of a warm fireplace on a cold evening waiting for dinner was very relaxing.
We've stayed in a number of Paradors , but this one is the most memorable by far. Highly reccomended, but very small, so plan ahead.

  • Stayed: February 2007, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank duke858
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Reviewed July 23, 2006

Viewed by the arriving traveller, this is the most attractive/spectacular parador in Spain. It is the castle which for centuries has dominated this small and still relatively unspoilt village with a lot to see and great walks around. Alarcon is one of the most impressive villages in Spain, on a high crag, ringed by walls and dominated by the parador. I never saw any shops in Alarcon -- I suspect the food vans come around.

The parador itself is externally stunning -- internally (and this is a matter of taste) the recent refurbishment has created a strange contrast of modern and old, very like the look in many pousadas in Portugal. I admit to preferring old classical (like Oropesa, Trujillo etc). Small -- 14 rooms, so you need to book. Extremely friendly staff; bar is in the dining room but the patio is the place to have drinks. Dined out (along, so it seemed, with most of the other guests) at the Asador opposite the entrance. Breakfast is not buffet (not enough space) but a courteous waiter brings one the basics (coffee; bread; churros) and then offers you a menu with all the usual things that paradores offer. Car park adjacent. Liked it so much that I am going back.

  • Stayed: June 2006, traveled solo
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7  Thank CMO'H
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Reviewed May 19, 2006

What a wonderful place - very atmospheric, friendly and polite staff, wondeful food (it's worth going a la carte for dinner). The breakfast was very generous (I've never eaten so many pastries....) and the cooked options were great (eg scabbled egg with mushroom) although with garlic so not for the faint hearted at 9am! My room was one with the "arrow" window (ie where they used to shoot arrows through) so it was a bit dark, but at least it felt like a real castle. The town is small, but nice to wander round. Worth every penny (and the bathroom goodies were nice!).

  • Stayed: May 2006
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7  Thank Kazlet
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Reviewed January 15, 2006

Just thought I would write a review as one of the earlier reviews (from Houston ) appears to have photos of the Cuenca Parador on the review! This was a nice place to stay with good walking in the immediate vicinity which was well marked on the paths . Although an old building very modern rooms inside .

  • Stayed: December 2005
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3  Thank Spanishtraveller
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Reviewed October 3, 2005

Billed as the smallest and most characterful of Spain's chain of Paradors. It is, and it's a cracker.
Tiny 8th Century Arab fort, with additions in the 13th and 14th century, perched on a hilltop with views across La Mancha. 6 luxury rooms in the old tower (the keep) with thick rubble stone walls, marble bathrooms, canopied beds and a very high standard of fixtures and fittings. The 10 or so rooms built in to the walls (with balcony onto the courtyard) are equally well-appointed but not as luxurious. Gourmet restaurant, bar, helpful staff (not many speak a lot of English, but they all try very hard).
Quiet, very comfortable...... bliss.

7  Thank dw842
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Reviewed July 26, 2005

In the Uk we think £50 a night is cheap for places like a Travelodge. For £100 we just rented one fourteenth of a fairytale castle and had a fantastic breakfast ! brilliant spot, only 14 rooms - 3 of which have no windows but are still worth staying in. Try for the duplex tower room but only if u are a bath lover as it does not boast a shower.
Restaurant very good
The parador is great ,Alarcon is charming - altho a little weird - doesnt even have a shop apart from the tabac. Really recomend a 2 night stay before maybe heading to the parador at Cuenca.

  • Stayed: July 2005
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5  Thank elestoban
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Reviewed April 30, 2005

The Parador de Alarcon is a little off the beaten path but well worth the trip. My son and I spent traveled here for the purpose of spending the night in an old castle, and we weren't dissapointed. The Parador lives up to its billing; the rooms are excellent and one definitely gets the feel of a medieval castle. The dining room, with its hig arched ceiling, is not to be missed. Alarcon is a small town, and quite as the entire town has been designated as an historic district. We walked the quaint streets without hardly seeing anyone else. We felt transported back 500 years as we looked out of the window in our room down to the old stone bridge over the river to see a shephard leading a flock of several hundred sheep across the bridge at dusk. The Parador and the town of Alarcon was definitely a great part of our trip through Spain.

  • Stayed: April 2005
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9  Thank dkraybil
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Additional Information about Parador de Alarcon

Address: Avda. Amigos de los Castillos, 3, 16213 Alarcon, Spain
Location: Spain > Castile-La Mancha > Province of Cuenca > Alarcon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Alarcon
Price Range: $168 - $284 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Parador de Alarcon 4*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An exceptional witness to the Reconquest, this 8th. castle, perfectly preserved, retains the aura of Arabic influence, with inimitable bedrooms which recreate the most romantic legends. It rises up on a promontory which presides over a fertile bend of the river Júcar. Military motifs from that period dominate the living rooms, impregnated with stone and Castilian wood. ... more   less 
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