Paradores are always a good option to enjoy an excellent stay. In Spain , there are different options, although this time we are going to focus on the Parador de León because it has a “new face”. The facilities have undergone a refurbishment , which has lasted for three years , a period in which it has been closed. Ready to welcome guests again -with the measures set by the covid-19-, it is a destination that can be taken into account because it is one of the most emblematic inns of this network. With the reopening, now, it is cataloged in the category of 5 stars Grand Luxury .
The Parador de León is located in the Hotel San Marcos, which has been renovated, although the comprehensive reform that has been undertaken maintains all its splendor and the usual characteristics, although now with a slightly more renovated or modern touch, which has been impregnated in the 51 rooms , lounges and new common spaces.
The reform has been undertaken in two phases , since the parador has two different buildings: the historic Hostal de San Marcos and the more modern part, dating from the 70s.
The actions have focused on recovering the volume of the building with perimeter bays around a courtyard , so that the space is recovered as the heart of that building.
With this objective, a closed interior atrium has been built into which natural light enters. This new new floor space has been conceived to house the cafeteria and above it you can see the spectacular ceiling by Lucio Muñoz, which has also been restored and was previously in one of the rooms.
Inside the parador, there are 51 rooms of which 33 are standard doubles, while nine are superior category , five are junior suites and two are suites . The other two remaining are adapted for clients with special needs.
The interior of the building is sober, having used above all natural stone, natural woods and a dark color to give the building a monastic air . Nearly 600 pieces of existing furniture have also been recovered at the inn. Some of them have been used for a new use such as the old doors, which are now headboards in the rooms.