Santiago Parador “Hostal dos Reis Católicos” in Santiago de Compostela, or Parador de Santiago, is a 5-star hotel with five centuries of history. The Parador enjoys a privileged location right on the Praza do Obradoiro, Santiago’s most famous square with its imposing Cathedral and Santiago’s city council building.
The Hostal dos Reis Católicos, Santiago Parador, is considered one of the oldest hotels in the world and has a fascinating history, linked from its foundation to the Camino de Santiago and the pilgrimage to the city.
Santiago Parador was opened in 1499 as the ‘Gran Hospital Real’, or Great Royal Hospital, by Isabel and Fernando, the so-called Catholic Monarchs, to receive pilgrims after finishing their trip to Santiago and tending to those in need of care.
Upon presenting their ‘Compostela’, proof of their pilgrimage, pilgrims could stay at the Hostal for up to 3 days, free of charge. And this luxurious ‘Hostal’ and its majestic building have welcomed pilgrims ever since.
Still today, the Hostal honours that tradition by offering free meals to the first ten pilgrims arriving at their doors and showing their ‘Compostela’.
The restaurant at Santiago Parador also offers a taste of the finest Galician products and its most famous dishes and gastronomy.
Hostal dos Reis Católicos, Parador de Santiago, is more than just a hotel; it allows travellers to stay in a beautiful monument linked to the city’s history and its most famous trail: the Camino. It is also a chance to reward and pamper yourself, enjoying a bit of luxury after your long journey.
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