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“A tasteful conversion of a 1617 palace into a 70 room hotel.”
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Parador de Lerma
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Lerma
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 18, 2014

We stayed at the Parador de Lerma en-route from the ferry at Bilbao to Malaga. The reception staff were very professional and welcoming but there was no one to carry our bags up to the room. A good tip is to initially park in the square outside reception to unload your bags, check-in, and then drive round to the underground car-park (€6,00 per night VAT included). The parking spaces are very small and the car-park lift does not connect with the lift to the bedrooms.
Our room was quite magnificent with a commanding view over the square. We had previously been warned by the Parador that “the town of Lerma organizes its local festivities” on the night we were there and that these festivities “include fairground rides and music in the immediate surroundings of the Parador during the night. Due to these festivities, the Parador cannot guarantee that you will have the peace and quiet that you expect here”.
We sort of expected a Spanish carnival but, sadly it was only dodgems and roundabouts.
The Parador de Lerma is located in the highest part of the town of Lerma and is very easy to navigate to from the motorway. It was converted from what was The Ducal Palace constructed in phases between 1601 and 1617.
The palace was commissioned by the order of the first Duke of Lerma, Francisco Gomez de Sandoval y Rojas as accommodation for King Philip III. The hotel has 70 rooms and a fantastic enclosed central courtyard surrounded by galleries with Tuscan columns, Ionic columns and semi-circular arches.

We only had a snack and drinks for dinner in the courtyard (having dined enthusiastically at lunch time).
Breakfast in the restaurant was superb and very comprehensive.
The Lerma Parador has been beautifully restored & the town of Lerma has many interesting streets & buildings to view & photograph. Lerma is the ideal stop over whilst driving further south from the north coast ferries.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 11, 2014

Did I love this paradore or the small local bar across the main square? Perhaps that bar has influenced my memory of Lerma. However either way, this is another great example of an old castle or palace which has been beautifully restored. Only here for 1 night but it was an enjoyable one.
The building itself was quite stunning in and out, and right on the main square of Lerma. Free parking outside. Nicely appointed room and service as you expect.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

20th October 2013; Like many Brits we take our car on holiday to Spain on the Brittany Ferry. For the final day before departure from Spain we like to position ourselves within easy striking distance of the ferry ports, either Santander or Bilbao, say not more than three hours of gentle driving from the homebound ferry.
We have used Santilliana del Mar, Olite, Argomaniz and now Lerma.
We like them all, but think that Lerma is possibly the nicest. The character of this 18th century ducal palace has been beautifully retained in its conversion to an hotel. The standard rooms are elegantly done and the covered central inner courtyard ideal for pre-dinner drinks.
Dinner in Paradors is always a bit hit and miss and generally never a highlight of the stay, however the meal in the Lerma Parador - both this year and last year - was excellent , well above the poor rating of an average Parador dinner.
The Parador breakfast as always was superb.
We did not expect it but this year there was some kind of price promotion, 136 Euro for Bed and Breakfast, which came as a nice surprise. An excellent stop-over prior to a night on the Bay of Biscay!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

You can hardly believe that this palace and the surrounding churches an monastrys were all built in a very short time by trhe man who was effectively the prime minister of Spain. It is regal in its proportions and had the largest open seating area of any Parador we visited. Four floors of bedrooms mean that there is a hugh occupancy especilly at weekend as it is only an hour or so from Madrid and the town has many famour reastaurants. Breakfast was excellent with frshly squeezed orange juice, netpresso style coffee machines and availaility of cooked breakfast to order, The service in the main loung is by electronic bell signals from each table to no waiter waving is needed. Prices are reasonable - this is still Spain in the rescession - so enjoy the splendor. Rooms pacious with good Wi/Fi (free) and minibars.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

We had travelled with friends who had never visited this hotel so wanted a good feedback from them. However all was not as it should be from such a high cost & profile hotel. The room had a defective light bulb, heating that did not work and only 1 very small bar of soap for 2 people - this was following a housekeeper check! The noise of the plumbing was intrusive when other rooms were showering and the banging of the old doors did not promote a good nights rest.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

The novelty of staying at #1 Plaza Major and parking on the Plaza Major is almost worth the stay...

This was our second parador stay and again surprised us positivly - having seen some mixed reviews on service on TA.

Perfect check in being shown the room by the reception staff. We had a great corner room with two large double doors to french balconies with great views and very high ceiling.

Overall atmosphere is great in room, central areas as well as in the restaurant. We also enjoyed the restaurant with good local specialties and a good (if somewhat expensive for spain) winelist.

Room Tip: Go for a superiour - the corner effect is great!
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

This parador is looking a bit dated, or rather my room was. The cloister gardens have been converted in to a covered lounge which is a very impressive place to enjoy a G&T. We signed up for the gastromic menu and we were not disappointed. The main course was 'baby' lamb (tautology?) which I would thoroughly recommend. But apart from the parador, Lerma the town is a bit of a let down, so I would only recommend this parador for a stopover with you a travelling on the A1

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Additional Information about Parador de Lerma

Address: Plaza Mayor 1, 09340 Lerma, Spain
Location: Spain > Castile and Leon > Province of Burgos > Lerma
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Lerma
Price Range: $94 - $208 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Parador de Lerma 4*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The amazing ducal palace at Lerma, now a Parador, is located in the upper part of the city. The hotel features a central courtyard surrounded by lovely columned galleries. The elegant majesty of this palace from the era of the Hapsburgs and its lovely interiors, with beautifully designed lighting and decor, will make your stay an unforgettable experience. The Plaza Mayor (Main Square) is opposite the main facade of the palace. At night, the lights of the Parador make it look even more magnificent and stately. The medieval quarter, Arch, Carcel Bridge, San Blas Convent, Santo Domingo Monastery, Pasadizo del Duque (Duke's Passage) and former collegiate church of San Pedro are just some of the treasures you won't want to miss. The area around Lerma is well worth a visit. 22 Kilometers away is Covarrubias, a lovely village where San Cosme y San Damian Collegiate Church and Dona Sancha and Dona Urraca squares invite travelers to enjoy a leisurely visit, imagining that time has stood still in the Middle Ages and that little has changed since the year 987, when Count Fernan Gonzalez founded the town. About half an hour away by car is another treasure: the Monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos, a Romanesque jewel which has become a place of spiritual and artistic pilgrimage. It is also not far to beautiful Aranda de Duero, city of wine, monuments, history and culinary expertise. ... more   less 
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