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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Parador De Alarcon Hotel Alarcon
- Parador De Hotel Alarcon