Parador de Alcalá de Henares
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- Twin rooms (100)
- Double rooms (30)
- Room with living room (1)
- Capacity (262)
- Conference rooms
- Central heating
- Air conditioning
- Deposit box
- Garage (charged)
- Credit cards
- Currency Exchange
- EV Charging Station
- Outdoor Swimming pool (seasonal)
- Station (2km)
- Airport (20km)
Parador de Alcalá de Henares - 17th Century Convent (4*)
Located in the centre of the historic city of Alcalá de Henares, birthplace of the great writer Cervantes, the Parador occupies the site of the 17th century Dominican Collegiate-Convent of Santo Tomás de Aquino and is built around the original courtyard. The Parador preserved the original features of the remaining structures and combined these with 21st century installations to create a hotel with a very modern feel.
The Parador’s Hostería del Estudiante restaurant is a very traditional establishment located opposite the hotel in the Colegio Menor de San Jerónimo and which has views of the Patio Trilingüe of the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares. Together they form part of the monumental buildings' collection of the city of Alcalá de Henares, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1998. The old building consists of nine suites and the restaurant, function rooms and leisure areas, and the new building houses 120 bedrooms. The Parador also has a seasonal outdoor swimming pool in addition to a fully equipped spa offering a soothing array of treatments.
The Parador has two options for guests to try: the contemporary-styled San Tomás restaurant within the main building as well as the original Hostería restaurant which predates the current hotel and still opens from Wednesday through to Sunday lunchtime. We certainly recommend trying both, and you will enjoy the thoroughly authentic dining experience of the Hostería where guests can sample dishes which remain true to traditional regional gastronomy.
Please note the Parador now has facilities for charging electric vehicles, the cost of which is payable locally.
Alcalá de Henares’ important archaeological sites testify to the presence of the many different peoples and cultures who have at one time made it their home. Founded by the Celtiberians, the city was occupied at various times by both the Romans and the Moors before the Reconquista of the 1118. From that date onwards the medieval centre of the city developed around the ancient temple of San Yuste and today’s visitors will enjoy navigating around the clusters of historic buildings.
Alcalá de Henares continued to grow in importance during the Counter-Reformation and developed into a preeminent centre of culture and education. In 1499 the Complutense University was founded in the city and it went on to play a prominent role in European Renaissance culture as well as in the development of the Spanish language. Miguel de Cervantes’ birth here in 1547 sealed Alcalá’s position as a centre of great literary importance and the prestigious prize which bears his name has been awarded in the city each year since 1976 to honour a writer in the Spanish language. To honour the birthplace of such an important author there is the Cervantes House Museum, a typically Castilian construction with a courtyard surrounded by outbuildings. Furniture and implements give an idea of what life was like in the 17th century. It is also interesting to see the collection of varied material related to his work, such as old editions of 'Don Quixote' and numerous translations.
The historical old town of Alcalá de Henares has appeared on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1998 and is one of the most beautiful and well-conserved in Europe. The city is an emerging tourist destination and magnificently positioned in terms of its historical and literary legacy to attract cultural tourists. Alcalá de Henares is superbly situated for day trips to Madrid and its surrounding area. The capital offers various opportunities for shopping and sight-seeing, including the Gran Via, the Royal Palace, the upmarket Salamanca district and the important art galleries of the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen.
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Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Breakfast is served from 7.30 to 11.00 and dinner from 20.30 to 23.00.
It may be possible to arrive up to 22.30 and still enjoy a meal.
Within this dishes, you will find numerous remembrances of the cuisine of Cervantes epoque and also the very famous "Costradas de Alcala" - a sweet typical dessert.
The opening dates for the outdoor swimming pools are yet to be confirmed for 2019 but are expected to be in line with this years date (15 June until 16 September 2018)
Please note the opening and closing dates will depend on the weather and availability of lifeguards.
How to get there
The ancient San Jerónimo College is found within the setting of the charismatic history of Alcalá de Henares. Its proximity to monumental treasures such as the San Ildefonso Chapel, the Archbishop's Palace and the baroque convent of Las Bernadas, can be extended to include the Spanish capital. Madrid is just 26 km away along the E-90, towards nearby Guadalajara and Zaragoza.
Region & Cuisine
Community of Madrid
The Autonomous Community of Madrid is bordered by the regions of Castilla y Leon to the north and west and Castilla La Mancha to the east and south and is home to the capital of Spain, Madrid. In addition to Madrid the area includes the cities of Chinchon, Alcala de Henares, Aranjuez and the Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial.
Madrid and is region lie in the centre of the Iberian Peninsula 646 metres above sea level, making the city the second highest capital in Europe. Its central location and high elevation means that Madrid and its surroundings enjoy seasonal weather with chilly winters and dry (and very hot) summers.
When visiting Madrid you will see a wonderful variety in architectural styles, a blend of modern design contrasting with the streets steeped in history that house the cultural and artistic heritage of the nation’s capital. The city’s historic centre, with its plethora of monuments, fountains, historic buildings and statues, not to mention the famous 17th century Plaza Mayor with its array of cafes, restaurants and bars.
Alcala de Henares is a town to the north east of Madrid renowned as the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote. Alcala de Henares is one of Spain’s UNESCO World Heritage Cities largely due to its famous connections as well as the number of churches, convents and historic university buildings which all serve as a reminder of what life may have looked like in the ‘Golden Age’ (between 1680 – 1680). There is a lovely Parador in the town which occupies the former St Thomas convent close to a bustling square.
As one approaches Chinchón, 45km to the south east of Madrid, you cannot fail to spot the cluster of historic houses on the hill top marking your entrance to the historic town. The town’s medieval Plaza Mayor with its wooden balconies takes pride of place in a town full of churches, mansions, ancestral homes complete with coats of arms and the remains of a 15th century castle. One of Chinchón’s most famous exports is its aniseed liqueur, simply known as Anís or Chinchón, no visit to the town is complete without tasting this local speciality.
To the south of Madrid, one will come across the town of Aranjuez, a historical and royal site and home to the summer palace to the Spanish Royals. The Royal Palace sits on the banks of the Tagus River and boasts magnificent gardens of a mixture of styles taking inspiration from English rose gardens to Versailles-like preened patios which are very popular with locals in summer months. The area’s fertile plains are perfect for agriculture and Aranjuez famous product include artichokes, asparagus and strawberries, the area is also famous for its long hunting tradition and pheasant, partridge and quail are frequently eaten in the area.
Being the capital of Spain, in Madrid you will find no end of traditional Spanish cuisine from all corners of the country. Tapas are popular in the city offering a light and sociable way to dine with friends and family after work and you can enjoy a tapas tour through historic Madrid, taking in typical dishes made with fish, seafood, vegetables and pork. One of the city’s most unique contributions to Spanish gastronomy is the calamari sandwich, made from calamari a la romana (fried and battered) in a baguette with mayonnaise or a condiment of your choosing, and there is a heavy concentration of the calamari sandwich bars around the Plaza Mayor in Madrid. Fusion food has been a trend in Madrid and its surroundings over the past decade with many haute-cuisine restaurants offering menus that combine traditional eastern flavourings (usually Japanese) with Spanish and western dishes. Over the past few years Madrid has seen a growth in the number of Michelin-starred restaurants around the city offering wonderfully innovative menus, but you will also find your fair share of delicious cheaper options following the typical Spanish approach of simple, fresh and flavoursome dishes.
Please be aware of the following:
- 'Special Offers' are subject to the availability of a number of rooms per night and/or a specific meal basis.
- Age restrictions apply to the 'Golden Days' Offer (for those aged 55 and over) and the 'Young Persons' Offer (for those aged between 18 and 30). All reservations made using these tariffs are checked upon your arrival at the Parador(s) booked to ensure that at least one person in a room qualifies for the restricted tariff. In the case that you do not qualify for the restricted tariff, the Parador will apply the standard rate without exception and you will be required to pay a supplement locally. However only one person (per room) needs to qualify for either of these two reductions.