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Last updated: 17 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Dana Facaros

Probably the oldest hotel in the world, Ferdinand and Isabella – the ‘Catholic Kings of Spain’ – built this hostel in 1499 to house pilgrims.

Behind the fanciest hotel portal of all time, it’s packed with old world grandeur, heavy dark wood furniture, casement ceilings, oil paintings, canopied beds, and polished parquet floors, with windows overlooking the pretty garden cloisters.

Expect royally-attentive service and superb dining (and exceptional wine, too) in the stunning barrel-vaulted hall, and try to peek into the grand banqueting halls.

For all that, it’s not stuffy and formal; time travellers and history lovers will have a ball.

Surrounding area

Along with the cathedral, the hotel is one of the great landmarks in beautiful Praza do Obradoiro, so expect the square to be constantly full of tourists and pilgrims, although once inside you’ll hardly know they’re there. It’s also in pole position for the July Fiesta de Santiago.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
: On-site *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Cathedral of Santiago

Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain[0.1 miles]

A Romanesque and Baroque jewel, Santiago’s mighty cathedral offers a fitting climax to the end of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage.

Best for ages: 18+ | £9

Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Galician Contemporary Art Centre

Galician Contemporary Art Centre

Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain[0.5 miles]

This art centre, founded in 1993 and housed in a striking granite building designed by Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza, exhibits works by established international artists as well as leading Galician ones. There’s a panoramic terrace on top.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Museum of the Galician People

Museum of the Galician People

Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain[0.6 miles]

Housed in a former convent, this ethnographic museum is dedicated to the cultural heritage of Galicia. Learn about the local culture through their exhibits of traditional costumes, archaeological finds, music, crafts and artworks. Don’t miss the famous triple spiral staircase, beautiful garden and sculpture by Chillida.

Best for ages: 18+ | £3

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