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Parador de Santiago

Last updated: 27 December, 2023

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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General amenities

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 amenities

Room types


Room facilities

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

Bedding options

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