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
- Swimming pool
- 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 recently opened hotel has preserved the original features of the remaining structures and combined these with 21st century installations to create a Parador 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. 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.
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 Parador’s outdoor swimming pool is due to open from 15 June 2016 until 15 September 2016.
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
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.