Perched on a quiet hill in Pamplona’s old town and just steps away from the city’s cathedral, the Pamplona Catedral Hotel blends historical charm with modern luxury at a generous price. Converted from an old convent, the stately red & white stone façade is juxtaposed by a luxurious contemporary interior where guests will find stylish rooms and an excellent restaurant amongst the elegant décor.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Prices skyrocket and availabilities plummet during the San Fermín Festival in July.
The 59 rooms of the hotel, which range from standard to suite, all feature rich wood floors, flat screen TVs, and comfortable mattresses. Cool blue curtains open to expose classic wood windows that deliver gorgeous views of the countryside beyond, courtesy of the hotels elevated position.
Suites are exceptionally spacious and have separate living rooms with pullout couches that are great for families.
Bathrooms are handsome and airy with black stone floors and tile walls. Some standard rooms only have a shower while others feature a full bath.
The hotel lobby might best be described as 19th century meets 21st century chic; stone foundations and classic drapes and floral spreads are matched by black & white marble, mod leather furniture, and sleek blue colors. While there’s not reason to spend too much time here, guests are sure to enjoy the supple aesthetic as they come and go.
An excellent formal dining option, Restaurante La Capilla, serves creative and contemporary takes on Navarra cuisine all within the romantic setting of a converted chapel dressed in white floors and white walls. Dare we say it is simply divine?
There is a small café attached to the restaurant and leading out to the front of the hotel that also serves as a more casual stop for light snacks.
Bring your morning coffee or afternoon drink out from the café to the absolutely spectacular shaded terrace out front where stone arches, hanging ferns, and wrought iron gates dive the serene lounge area from the cobblestone plaza out front.
The hotel offers a limited amount of parking in a private garage, while travelers arriving by bus or train will probably want to taxi to the hotel. Once arrived, the hotel’s ideal location in the old town means all the sights of the city are just a short stroll away.
Just a few blocks from the hotel is Iruñazarra (3-minute walk), a new dining establishment in town that fuses local cuisine with modern gastronomy. Foodies will also want to make a reservation at Europa (7-minute walk), a high-end Michelin star establishment that is considered by many as the best restaurant in town.
For an utterly dreamy drink nearby the hotel, guests should be sure to try Mesón del Caballo Blanco (3-minute walk), a charming restaurant and bar nestled right up against the fortifications of the old city that also happens to make one of the few good cocktails in the area. Those looking for something more raucous should look no further than Saint Nicholas Street (7-minute walk), a lively little road off of Plaza del Castillo that is teeming with bustling drinking establishments at all hours.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Though the hotel lacks modern elements like a fitness room or spa, Pamplona Catedral hotel provides luxury, comfort, and an exceptional location for those that aren’t in need of the extra amenities. All this plus its reasonable price make the destination a very practical home base for exploring Pamplona.