Parador de Toledo
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- Single rooms (3)
- Twin rooms (52)
- Double rooms (14)
- Room with living room (3)
- Capacity (158)
- Conference room
- Central heating
- Air conditioning
- Canal plus
- Ambiance music
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Swimming pool
- Airport (100km)
- Station (4km)
Parador de Toledo - Toledan country house with panoramic views (4*)
The Parador de Toledo, set in a beautiful stone-built mansion with wooden balconies, a garden and an outdoor pool, stands on the Cerro del Emperador (‘Emperor’s Hill’) – 4 km outside the city - with stunning views across to the historic hill-top city, already a Celtic stronghold when the Romans took it and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Particularly prominent in the view from the Parador is the Moorish fortress, and also the cathedral, noted for its paintings by Rubens, Bellini, Titian and El Greco.
Toledo’s Parador takes its name, ‘Hotel Conde de Orgaz’, from the famous painting by El Greco, The Burial of Count Orgaz, which is on display in the Church of Santo Tome in Toledo. The Parador itself offers the guest every comfort, and the warm interior makes extensive use of wood in both floors and beamed ceilings, and also of rugs, copperware and decorative tiles, recalling the Moorish influence in the area.
Perhaps the highlight of any visit to this Parador will be the unparalleled views on offer of the city which can be enjoyed over a glass of wine on the hotel’s terrace, or alternatively from one of the Superior rooms with city views.
While the national capital of Spain may have moved 45 miles north to Madrid in 1561, Toledo has retained its place as the centre of Catholic Spain and is the most important city in the region of Castilla la Mancha.
The cultures of Christianity, Judaism and Islam have all left their architectural footprints and although the heart of the city’s religious heritage is clearly its widely-renowned High Gothic Cathedral, visitors will also encounter an enchanting assortment of churches, mosques, synagogues and convents.
The best way to get to know the city is simply to wander through the narrow streets of the old town armed with a map and stumble upon Toledo’s collection of historic buildings, walls, bridges and fortifications. Toledo is heavily associated with the life and work of the panter El Greco who produced many of his finest works in the city and figured prominently in the Golden Age of Spanish arts. As the nickname bestowed upon him may suggest, ‘El Greco’, was actually born in Greece, however from 1577 until his death he lived and worked in Toledo. The city’s Museo del Greco houses has an impressive collection and is well worth a visit for art aficionados.
The Parador de Toledo was closed between 15th June and 31st August 2017 for refurbishment.
As a consequence, the pool is unlikely to reopen for the short remainder of the outdoor pool season and some light refurbishment work may carry on into September.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Breakfast is served from 7.30 to 10.30 from monday to friday, from 8.00 to 11.00 on saturday and sunday. Dinner is served from 20.30 to 23.00.
It may be possible to arrive up to 22.30 and still enjoy a meal.
In the dining room: "Perdiz estofada a la Toledana" (partridge stewed with vegetables and wine), seasonal game, oven roasted suckling lamb, honey and cheese ice cream and handmade marzipan.
The pool will be closed before the Parador closes for refurbishment in June, it is unlikely to reopen for the short remainder of the outdoor pool season after the Parador reopens at the end of August.
- R. Tyson
Only one word could describe the views from this Parador - stunning. A panoramic scene awaits you, with the city of Toledo basking in the sunshine below you, the River Tagus encircling it in a seemingly protective guard. The staff were very helpful and the meals were good with plenty of selection and nicely presented. Would definitely return just for those views.
How to get there
The Parador is located 4 km from the centre of Toledo on the Cerro del Emperador. It is 70 km from Madrid along the N-401, 135 km from Ciudad Real and 40 from Aranjuez along the C-400, and 53 km from Maqueda on the C-403. Basic points of reference to find it are the main N-IV and N-V roads.
Chinchon - 69km
Oropesa - 112km
Manzanares - 123km
Almagro - 143km
Madrid Airport - 80km
Region & Cuisine
The third largest in area of Spain’s Autonomous Communities, Castilla-La Mancha is also the least densely populated region on the Iberian Peninsula with just 21 inhabitants per square kilometre. Extending from the province of Guadalajara to the north of Madrid, down through central Spain to its southern borders with Murcia and Andalusia, this is a region of dramatic landscapes and extensive plains immortalized by Miguel de Cervantes in his world-famous work Don Quijote de La Mancha.
With mountains in the north, mountains in the south, high plains in the east and two major rivers, the Guadiana and the Tajo (Tagus), traversing the region from east to west the climate of Castilla-La Mancha is diverse, to say the least. Classified as ‘Continental Mediterranean’, in general winters are cold and summers are hot, with mild temperatures prevailing in autumn and spring.
Besides Guadalajara, the four other provinces which make up this region are Toledo (the city of Toledo is the region’s capital), Albacete, Ciudad Real and Cuenca. These five cities are really the only major conurbations within this whole vast region, the rest of which encompasses hundreds of small, tranquil villages together with three of the most important nature reserves in Spain: Tablas de Daimiel and Cabañeros National Parks, and Ruidera Lagoons Nature Park. Daimiel and Ruidera are wetlands of great ecological value, rich in wildlife, in particular migratory birds. Cabañeros is representative of the authentic Mediterranean Iberian forest.
Certainly one of the region’s cities, Toledo, is an absolute must to visit. One of Spain’s great artistic treasures, Toledo towers on top of a hill protected by a bend in the Tagus river to form a natural fortress complete with moat, as it were. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Toledo’s old quarter encapsulates most of the historic sights in the city which was for many centuries the capital of Spain and known as the ‘city of three cultures’ – Christian, Islamic and Hebrew. Without a doubt the best view of Toledo is to be had from the Parador, located on a hill across the Tagus valley, preferably in early evening when the light is just magical.
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site is the city of Cuenca, dramatically set between two steep gorges and famous for its ‘Hanging Houses’, a number of which were originally built as a palace in the 18th century but are now property of the city. Much of the area of La Mancha traversed by Don Quijote and Sancho Panza lies to the south-east of the province of Cuenca and over the border into Toledo province, and a good place to see some of the famous windmills is in the countryside near the village of Campo de Criptana.
The cuisine of the region is varied. Guadalajara provides lamb and kid, and in particular ‘morteruelo serrano’ – a delicious rich paté of blended meats. Cuenca’s dish ‘par excellence’ is its own version of morteruelo, made here with ground pork liver, game, hen, nuts and a variety of spices. Albacete is known for its gazpacho made with a crunchy flatbread, and for mountain rabbit and hare, while in Ciudad Real you will find many game dishes, several versions of ‘pisto’ (similar to ratatouille), ‘asadillo’ (roast skinned peppers and tomatoes with garlic) as well as excellent lamb stews.
Toledo was, according to Alexander Dumas, ‘the Spanish city where he had eaten the best’. The province is rich in game and the best known dishes include Toledo-style partridge, marinated boar and ‘cuchifrito’ - crunchy pieces of suckling pig – together with many kinds of sweet biscuits and cakes.
The most emblematic product from La Mancha is Manchego cheese, made in over 300 towns and villages from the milk of over half a million sheep raised on the plains. Over the last twenty years or so the quality of La Mancha wines, especially red wines, has improved dramatically and excellent wine is now produced in the region, particularly in the area of Valdepeñas.
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.