The sheer size of the exterior, which appears even larger because it sits on an open plaza, is daunting. The plataresque decorative style so embellished the building that it was overwhelming. The interior was equally grand but in smaller doses more tolerable. Our arrival was strange because we weren't certain we could drive the car through the plaza (we could) and once in front of the building, the valet came out and offered to park it and we didn't know the parking arrangements and the valet couldn't communicate well. I have mobility problems and had booked a disabled room and was disappointed to find the room fairly standard with limited functionality Travelling from reception to the room was awkward as the most direct way was by a large stairway so I had to take an indirect elevator route that included a stroll through the breakfast dining room. In general, the accessibility of this parador was lacking. We found the staff sufficiently helpful except at check out The process was slow and the lady doing the checking out answered a telephone after she began helping me causing me to wait even longer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hostal de San Marcos is one of the most extraordinary historic hotels on the Old Continent. Construction of the building was begun in the 16th century, together with the bridge across the River Bernesga in the outskirts of León. It was built to house the peninsula's western headquarters for the Military Order of Saint James. The project was financed by King Ferdinand the Catholic. The magnificent hotel is a museum of stately function rooms, with a spectacular cloister and chapter house; spacious, elegant guest rooms; a library; and a wonderful restaurant that offers beautifully prepared traditional cuisine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Parador De Leon Hotel Leon
- Parador De Leon León
- Parador De Leon Hotel León