Fodor's Expert Review Parador de Santiago de Compostela: Hostal dos Reis Católicos

Praza do Obradoiro 1, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, 15705, Spain Fodor's Choice

One of the parador chain's most highly regarded hotels, this 15th-century masterpiece, once a royal hostel and hospital for sick pilgrims, has a mammoth baroque doorway that gives way to austere courtyards of box hedge and simple fountains, and to rooms furnished with antiques, some with canopy beds. Dos Reis, the restaurant in the grand vaulted dining room, serves top-notch regional fare, including lonchas de pulpo (octopus with paprika and potato), foie gras, and filloas de manzana y crema caramelizadas (apple-and-caramel-cream pancakes). The tapas bar, Enxebre, is lively and informal.

PROS

  • views of Praza do Obradoiro
  • excellent cuisine
  • fascinating collection of antiques and paintings

CONS

  • confusing corridors
  • often filled with people on guided tours
  • pricey

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Historical
Sophisticated
Central
Classic
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 981-582200

HOTEL DETAILS

137 rooms

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