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Parador in Leon - alternatives?

Bopper

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Camino(s) past & future
September 2017, Frances
Hello! I will be starting my Camino in Leon and hoped to stay at the Parador for a couple of days to enjoy the city and this hotel. Unfortunately, it is closed on my days. Can anyone suggest another good place to stay for 2 days - private room & bathroom, good location, etc?
 

Kanga

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Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese.
The Parador in Leon is fabulous, but it does have the disadvantage of being quite a way from the Cathedral, the Basilica de San Isidoro, and the old city. There are numerous albergues and cheaper options in Leon, but for those who want something more I've also enjoyed the Hostal Albany a few times, and the Hotel Paris. Both are in much better locations than the Parador. Plenty of delicious pastries in the bakery/cafes nearby!

And do take the time to visit not only the Cathedral (best stain glass windows in the world imo - pick a time when the sun pours in) but also the Basilica de San Isidoro with the pantheon of the kings of Leon, containing some wonderfully preserved 12th century murals. Give it enough time - entry numbers are restricted and through an air lock and sometimes you have to wait a few minutes.
 

jungleboy

Nick
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Francés (Spring '17)
Primitivo (Spring '18)
Madrid (April '19)
And do take the time to visit not only the Cathedral (best stain glass windows in the world imo - pick a time when the sun pours in) but also the Basilica de San Isidoro with the pantheon of the kings of Leon, containing some wonderfully preserved 12th century murals. Give it enough time - entry numbers are restricted and through an air lock and sometimes you have to wait a few minutes.
+1 to this. I thought the royal pantheon, in particular, was absolutely wonderful.
 

Bopper

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Camino(s) past & future
September 2017, Frances
I just googled it and WOW! Thank you for the tips! Any more are welcomed!
 

falcon269

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yes
The León Parador is closed for a while for a major renovation. There are many alternatives for many prices. Albany is great, though it also is being renovated this winter. Try booking.com for the choices.
 

Kanga

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Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese.
Last September I stayed at the overflow rooms next door to the main part of the Albany. It has a separate entrance and stairs but they had just been renovated.
 

peregrina2000

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mark connolly

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sept 2017 Lourdes to SJPDP via Piemonte
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I stayed at this one, about a two minute walk to the cathedral

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Raymond McKenna

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Planning to walk entire camino frances commencing 8th July from St john
This place was recommended by a Spanish guide. I will be staying there in May and it is a very historical building. I have stayed in the parador 5 times and this looks similar
http://www.hotelrealcolegiata.es/en/hotel
Yes this is an excellent and very atmospheric historic hotel. I stayed here for 2 nights last August on my way to Santiago. The accommodation and breakfast is first class equivalent to 4 or 5 star establishment at home
 

lt56ny

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2013-Frances SJP-Finisterre, 2015 Camino Le Puy-Santiago, 2017 Portugues Lisbon-Santiago 2018 Norte
I stayed at the Hostal Albany in 2015. The location is great, right off the main square by the cathedral. The rooms are nice and have private bathrooms. I will stay there again.
Tom
I stayed at the Hostal Albany in 2015. The location is great, right off the main square by the cathedral. The rooms are nice and have private bathrooms. I will stay there again.
NO Tom!! Next year you will stay with Max and me at the Benedictine Pilgrim monastey with the huge room with about 85 guys and tiny little windows and guys snoring and making ungodly sounds all night and be a true Pilgrim!!!
 

rovergirl

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April (1017)
I stayed at the NH Collection Hotel in Leon last Spring. Very comfortable accommodations in a nicely converted historic building, near the cathedral.
 

JennyH94

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Camino(s) past & future
The Frances from Pamplona and part VF, first-aid helper and hospitalera
Hotel Conde Luna in Leon is fabulous - Art Deco building - spacious rooms - everything you could want in a 4-5 Star hotel. The hotel also has a wonderful small bar, The American Bar, which is famous in Leon. An Orujo nightcap there is always enjoyable! Book direct with the hotel to receive the pilgrim discount - just let them know you're a pilgrim when you book. It's well located, just off the main drag and a short walk to the Cathedral.
 

tomnorth

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Camino Frances: September 24 - October 31 (2015); February/March (2020)
Tom

NO Tom!! Next year you will stay with Max and me at the Benedictine Pilgrim monastey with the huge room with about 85 guys and tiny little windows and guys snoring and making ungodly sounds all night and be a true Pilgrim!!!
Hah! You make it sound pretty enticing.
 

Kanga

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Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese.
Sounds like I need to win the lottery so I can stay in some of these fabulous places!
 

DebR

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Camino Frances:
2013; 2014; 2015; 2017; 2018 (October)
http://www.hotelqhcentroleon.com/

Next to catedral but very quiet.Location unbeattable.
Nice staff and a lovely cafeteria /bar.
I second this suggestion. For 15€ or so you can also access the water spa as well: the pool and its many water jets are great for tired pilgrim muscles, or for muscles about to start out. Hotel Paris has a similar setup, but Hotel Q!H is my favourite...
 

FLEUR

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Camino Frances 2012 - 2016
Hostal San Martin was recommended to us and we loved our twin room, en suite when we stayed. No food service but plenty of cafes and restaurants nearby and it's close to the cathedral.
 

Dsavid Keyte

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino de San Salavador (2015)
Camino de la Costa (2016)
Hello! I will be starting my Camino in Leon and hoped to stay at the Parador for a couple of days to enjoy the city and this hotel. Unfortunately, it is closed on my days. Can anyone suggest another good place to stay for 2 days - private room & bathroom, good location, etc?
Yes closed for 2 years, as it was in such a bad state of repair.Try the Hotel Paris Calle Ancha, which also has a small Spa. The hotel is about 200 metres from the Barria Humedo and the Cathedral
 

Bopper

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Camino(s) past & future
September 2017, Frances
Thank you everyone for your responses - I really appreciate it!
 

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