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Last updated: 23 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Dana Facaros

Located in San Isidoro’s monastery – originally built in the 12th century but re-done in the Renaissance – this 3-star hotel opened in 2005 with ornate public rooms. Bedrooms are modern, if slightly monastic, and overlook the pretty cloister or the Roman walls.

The hotel is right on the Camino, so good for pilgrims or history lovers –and as an added bonus, guests are given a free tour of the basilica, with discounts on the tickets for the wonderful Royal Pantheon, now a museum.

The hotel offers free parking (in the pedestrian area, so be sure to ask how to get there when you book).

Surrounding area

The Real San Isidoro is in Leon city centre, yet it’s quiet because there’s the no traffic noise: the loudest sound will probably by the splashing fountain in the courtyard. 

It’s a six-minute walk from the Cathedral and Casa de Los Botines, and the city’s restaurants and bars

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: On-site (free)
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

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Collegiate Church of San Isidoro

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Gaudi Museum

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One of Gaudi’s earliest buildings, the stone-built, turreted Casa Botines (1893) is now a museum dedicated to the architect himself.

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view on the cathedral, also called The House of Light or the Pulchra Leonina, on a sunny day in spring, with people in the foreground

Leon Cathedral

Leon, Castile and Leon, Spain[0.4 miles]

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