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Parador in Leon

2020 Camino Guides

Eibhlís

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Camino(s) past & future
2000 I walked 300km of the Camino Frances.
2020 I plan to walk the whole 800km.
Hi everyone,
I want to stay for a night in the Parador in Leon but I can't find it online. Does anyone know why this might be?
 
Camino(s) past & future
cycled from Pamplona Sep 2015;Frances, walked from St Jean May/June 2017. Plans to walk Porto 2020
I think you will find it's still undergoing a major renovation. Virtually all the back part of the hotel was demolished at the end of 2017. I have not seen a new opening date but maybe have a look at their web site. I stayed there in 2015 and 2017 - love the place.
 

Eibhlís

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2000 I walked 300km of the Camino Frances.
2020 I plan to walk the whole 800km.
I think you will find it's still undergoing a major renovation. Virtually all the back part of the hotel was demolished at the end of 2017. I have not seen a new opening date but maybe have a look at their web site. I stayed there in 2015 and 2017 - love the place.
Thank you for the information. What a shame. I was really looking forward to staying there. 😔
 
Camino(s) past & future
cycled from Pamplona Sep 2015;Frances, walked from St Jean May/June 2017. Plans to walk Porto 2020
Thank you for the information. What a shame. I was really looking forward to staying there. 😔
Just wait until it reopens and come back as an ordinary tourist. Although if you have a pilgrim passport you will get a E10/20/30 discount (I can't remember the exact figure). Cheers
 

lt56ny

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF2012,Le Puy/CF 2015 Portugues 2017 Norte 2018, CF 2019
Hi everyone,
I want to stay for a night in the Parador in Leon but I can't find it online. Does anyone know why this might be?
There are other Paradors all along the Caminos. Never stayed in one but there is a parador website to give you all the locations and you can always stay in the big one across from the Cathedral in Santiago.
 

peregrina2000

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For those who are awating the re-opening, looks like the most recent news is that it will be open as of late May, just in time for peak pilgrim period. May 31 to be exact. No reservations are being accepted, so it is not written in stone. The article says some people are skeptical of that date.

It's been closed since 2017, and I believe it involved knocking down the entire "modern wing" along the river. Would love to see some pictures if anyone has gone by recently.
 

Galloglaigh

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Lycra tribe.
CF (2017/8), VF (2018/9), Postponed (2020)
Virtually all the back part of the hotel was demolished at the end of 2017
I thought Paradors were historical buildings preserved by the government? Very odd.

Alhambra next?
 

peregrina2000

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Staff member
Many of the paradores in historic buildings have modern additions. The vast majority of rooms in the Leon parador were never in the historic part, it was a long wing out back (so it didn't interfere with the views of the old hospital/church). The few in the old part were the extra special expensive rooms.

Btw, not all the paradores are historical buildings, there are some that are new construction. The soon to be reopened hotel at the Puerto de Pajares (on the Salvador) was once a parador, for instance. There's a new one in Fuente Dé on the Vadiniense, too.
 

Eibhlís

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2000 I walked 300km of the Camino Frances.
2020 I plan to walk the whole 800km.
For those who are awating the re-opening, looks like the most recent news is that it will be open as of late May, just in time for peak pilgrim period. May 31 to be exact. No reservations are being accepted, so it is not written in stone. The article says some people are skeptical of that date.

It's been closed since 2017, and I believe it involved knocking down the entire "modern wing" along the river. Would love to see some pictures if anyone has gone by recently.
Thanks for the update. Where did you see that article?
 

FooteK

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Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP to SdC, 2013; Lourdes to SdC, 2015; ??? to SdC (2020)
I stayed in the Parador in Leon in 2013 and in Santiago in 2015. What delightful respites. Thanks for the info on the renovations - looking forward to staying there again.
 

Karl Oz

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Frances
Portuguese
Aragones
Sanabres
Piamonte
Elizabethpfad
There are other Paradors all along the Caminos. Never stayed in one but there is a parador website to give you all the locations and you can always stay in the big one across from the Cathedral in Santiago.
I've stayed in both, and they are remarkably similar in feel, but the one in Leon was a whole lot cheaper!
 

lt56ny

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF2012,Le Puy/CF 2015 Portugues 2017 Norte 2018, CF 2019
I've stayed in both, and they are remarkably similar in feel, but the one in Leon was a whole lot cheaper!
I am sure you are really right about that. When I was on the Camino Norte I stopped in a really nice tourist town of Santillan. Late that afternoon we were having a beer and there was a Parador right in front of where we were having a beer. For the heck of it I checked on Booking.com and I could have gotten a room there for 60 Euros. But unfortunately the day before we had taken an extra day in Santander. We did share a room in a really nice private alberguewith a lovely garden and we split a private room for about 15 euros each including breakfast. I think the albergue was called El Convento. Really nice but alas, not a Parador!
 
Camino(s) past & future
cycled from Pamplona Sep 2015;Frances, walked from St Jean May/June 2017. Plans to walk Porto 2020
I thought Paradors were historical buildings preserved by the government? Very odd.

Alhambra next?
Hola Gallo
Yes they are -in general. Although some are 20th C recreations with no historic value.

In the case of San Marcos the "historic" front section (over 400 years old) was retained, including those two rooms you see in The Way movie. What was demolished was the "modern" section - behind the historic. These are the rooms I stayed in, in 2015 and 2017. It will be great to see how sympathetic the 21st C renovations have been. So yes I endorse Laurie's request for some recent photo. Cheers
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances/SJPP '15,'16,'18,'19,('20)
Way of St. Francis, Italy 2017
Portuguese/Finisterre 2018, 2019
I stayed at the Parador in Leon on my first Camino and regretted it. It is too far from the Cathedral and the old area of town. After a long day of hiking I didn’t walk to walk over a mile back and forth.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April 2020
Do you walk by the Leon parador while on the Camino? I would like to take a picture of the statue in front of it. I'm a nerd who plans on taking a million pictures of statues, shells, and everything else.☺
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April 2020
Yeah! I'm hoping to walk through there at the end of April, I think. I start from SJPP on April 10th. Fingers crossed, unless the dreaded coronavirus somehow derails the camino.
 

Albertagirl

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015); Ch. d'Arles: Oloron Ste Marie to Aragones; Frances (2016); V.d.l.P.; Sanabres (2017)
I stayed at the Parador in Leon on my first Camino and regretted it. It is too far from the Cathedral and the old area of town. After a long day of hiking I didn’t walk to walk over a mile back and forth.
I have stayed a couple of times in Hostal Don Suero in Leon, on the camino and about half a block from the Parador. I had no problem walking back and forth the the centre of Leon for the two days of my stay. Last fall I did not stay in Hostal Don Sueros, as their price was way up, too much for me. But they said that the price varies, so this may still be an option for some.
If you stay at the Parador, make sure that you follow the yellow arrows to the Camino Frances, as it divides from the Salvador route right in front of the Parador.
 
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Derrybiketours

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If I'm needing some TLC, my choice would be Hotel Spa Paris, Leon. The spa was extra but well worth it. I can't comment on food as missed breakfast and ate elsewhere for dinner. Leon is my favourite major city on the route 🤠
 

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