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Parador de Alarcón

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We had a wonderful time in the AMAZING Parador de Alarcon! I felt just like a princess in a fairy story with our private entrance to the top of the castle, and the fabulous room that we slept in! The beds were very comfortable. We chose the option that included dinner and we are so glad that we did! The food was delicious and quite plentiful. Our daughters loved staying in a CASTLE!

Firstly some pointers. If you book in the tower, the room on the 2nd floor has views over the battlements to the countryside, the room on the 4th floor has views over the town. The room on the 1st floor has views over the inner courtyard and I couldn't see any windows on the 3rd floor so don't know where they look or how big they are! The tower rooms are the most expensive and whilst not big are very nicely furnished with good ensuite facilities as you'd expect in a parador. The other rooms we didn't see but check on the views when booking. The hotel is normally full so you won't be able to change if you have an arrow slit!! The village itself is also charming with lots to see although mainly everything is shut on Sunday evening, Monday and Tuesday! So if you go then the Parador will be your main port of sustenance! Right to the Hotel! The bar and Restaurant are high ceiling'd and ooze very old castle. Whilst this is just not as grand as other Paradores you can somehow feel this place's age & my wife loved that feeling of being somewhere where people had been for a thousand + years. Although along with all the mod cons! The breakfast is chosen from a carte and made to order but we were served fresh orange juice, freshly cooked churos, pastries, a range of fruits and a choice of cooked eggs (eggs Benedict amongst others) and local dishes along with toast, a range of teas and coffees. Evening meals are worth doing on a half board basis as this is by the far cheapest way as you choose from the a la carte menu (although there is a supplement for the suckling pig or lamb) or there is also a tasting menu with wine for 45E. The food and service was excellent. There looks to be a couple of other good restaurants in the town, the bistro close by looks especially good, but was closed as we were there on a Sunday. The town is lovely to, very traditional but again any sightseeing is restricted on Mon & Tues. However there are great walks and you can explore the other battlements and keeps as you enter or leave the town. The views are pretty spectacular. Take your camera! I suppose I would say it is expensive but how often to you get to stay in a bit of pretty ancient history! The staff where also great, really helpful and attentive.

A quiet peaceful hotel in unique surrounding excellent place to stay. Rooms, food and service of the staff was as good as previous visits. Good place to stop over after arriving from Madrid to visit other paradores.

We stayed here for 2 nights en route to the coast. We like Paradors but they can be a bit hit or miss. This one is great although not typical as it is so small ( only 14 rooms ). We had a superior room in the main castle keep and it was lovely, with a 4 poster bed and a seating area in the medieval window. The staff were very nice. There is a nice central courtyard where you can sit and have drinks. Lots of people wander in to have a look. Make sure you borrow the key from Reception and walk around the battlements as the view is stunning. We had a half board package so had dinner in the restaurant both nights. The local dishes were very nice. We had lamb the first night and suckling pig the second. Breakfast was not a buffet as at most Paradors so you had to order what you wanted. The dining room is a lovely vaulted room with a couple of windows overlooking the dam. Alarcon is a charming and beautiful village but it is very quiet as there are fewer than 200 permanent residents. There are amazing walks in the area near the river , and the painted mural is also very impressive. There is a large free car park in front of the castle although on the day we arrived the main access road was closed for repairs and our satnav took us up a very steep narrow lane.

The limited number of rooms allow every guest to be treated special. The food was amazing. Every room I saw was unique. The village was quaint. As you first glimpse the castle it is a postcard view. Ve stayed in hundreds of hotels in my life and this is my favorite.

The drive to the small town of Alarcon makes you feel like time has stood still in this small town surrounded by stone walls. The Parador de Alarcon is smaller than expected but it is still breathtaking. We occupied twos room for the four of us. Beds are so comfortable and the rooms are very updated. Bathrooms are like mini spas all in white marble. The large canopy beds made you feel like royalty. They have a very small elevator to help with luggage and also for the elderly who can't walk up the stairs. The inside of the tower is very updated but has kept the old stone exterior. The staff is wonderful and friendly. The breakfast was included in our hotel charge and the selection was large.The dining room is beautiful and majestic. Our server was so caring, she made us feel like we were family. We also had our dinners in the dining room at the very good. They were accommodating especially with our two kids; 8 and 4 yrs. old. Very child-friendly dining. We plan to return again and we all enjoying staying at this historical and beautiful place. We highly recommend it.

This is a jem of a parador, a real fortress, set on a rocky outcrop in a loop of the river, set in a deep gorge. The approach is suitably dramatic, with parador dominating the landscape. Stop for a photo in the parking area just before you go through the first of the perimeter gate houses - the best snaps can be taken in the morning, then sweep into to lovely, quiet village leading up to the parador and park in the free car park just in front of the entrance to the parador. The reception staff were courteous, showing us to our room (108) - small, but with lovely views over the gorge to one of the many defensive mini castles on the other bank of the river. Furnishings simple but correct, comfortable bed and his and hers basins! There is even a lift! Food was straightforward -typical parador fare, comforting, copious. Meals are served in a wonderful dining room, with an immense vaulted ceiling. All the staff were particularly helpful. A fantastic place to spend a few nights exploring the lovely country side.

This is the third time for us in a Parador and, yet again, we were not disappointed. The setting in a hill-top location was breathtaking at times. The hotel itself puts you in mind of the Middle ages, eating and relaxing in huge spaces with vaulted ceilings. The room was well equipped, if a little small compared to others we have stayed in. Also. although we have been married for 46 years, we were not totally enamoured by the open plan bathroom! The staff were exceptionally willing to please and we enjoyed 2 meals in the restaurant that were very Spanish in style but also delicious. The English translation of the menu was a challenge but only added to the experience. The castle and its surroundings are open to the public so, this being an Easter stay, there were many visitors with children. Mostly this was ok but would have preferred it to be a little quieter. Note to self, perhaps an Easter visit wasn't the best choice but it was my wife's birthday so that made the decision for us. The village, itself, is beautiful. A church on every corner, it seemed, with plenty of bars for relaxation and friendly locals. This hotel has further cemented our belief that it is hard to beat the whole Parador experience and the small irritants mentioned above are exactly that...small, but did not distract from what was a really enjoyable 3-day stay.

This Parador is situated in the picturesque village of Alarcon. It is located in an ancient castle that dominates the surrounding countryside. The limited size of the castle means that the rooms are not huge but they are well equipped and very comfortable. The free Wi-Fi means that we were able to communicate with family and friends using the Internet. The customer service provided by the staff was quite outstanding. They spoke limited English and we spoke a little Spanish. Communication was therefore very humorous at times. The staff, however, were very patient with us particularly when they were trying to tell us the constituents of a local delicacy! The restaurant served a variety of very Spanish dishes. If you like "meat and 2 veg" then I would suggest an hotel in UK! If, however, you are adventurous and wish to sample local food and wines then this hotel is the place for you. The village of Alarcon has a number of beautiful churches, is very clean with a number of very nice cafes for "elevenses"! The village is quite isolated but there are many excellent alternatives within an hour's drive. We managed to travel along a huge lake when the metalled road ran out and we were left with adequate tracks to follow. We found it very exciting with beautiful scenery. Although there were other hotels in the village. We found that the amenities, service and general style of the Parador was significantly better than anywhere else.

It's a really old castle, it's the smallest Parador and its is great. We were able to wander the battlements but not the tower, you want to go to the top of the tower, you need a room in the tower. We heard that the rooms were a bit small, our standard twin was fine, bigger that a premier inn type room but with 3 foot wide walls and a view to die for. Super twin sinks and big bath/shower and air con that was fully working, a nice comfortable room. Breakfast was a little different from the normal buffer as it was served at the table, there was so much. Breads(Toasts, Churros, Pan-O-Chocolate, fruit, hot chocolate for the Churros, a small additional international selection, salads, local dishes tea, coffee, cava if wanted and so on. This is some of this is some of the menus, we eat far to much. We had joined the Amigo club so had a free drink each, we also had a voucher for a free breakfast, welcome gift, but as we had paid for this in our booking they adjusted the bill which was nice. It has free wi-fi but the signal in the room was poor, I suspect it was not something the original builders planned for what with the really thick walls etc. It was much better in the public areas. It does say they speak English, well, not really and as we have some Spanish it was OK but my confidence, when speaking Spanish, does rather rely on them being able to take over in English when I run out so this was a bit of a test. We managed. There are so many Paradors to visit so we may not be back here soon but if, and when, the chance happens, we would be back.

Avda. Amigos de los Castillos, 3 Alarcon Cuenca

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • 24-hour front desk

Parador de Alarcón places you next to Castillo de Alarcon and within a 5-minute walk of Alarcon Visitor's Center. This 14-room, 4-star hotel welcomes guests with a restaurant, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Iglesia de Santo Domingo and Santa Maria Church are a short walk away.


Dining

Explore the hotel and meet new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge, or enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service.


Rooms

All of Parador de Alarcón's 14 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including minibars, safes, and phones. Guests can enjoy free WiFi and TVs. Other standard amenities include hair dryers and desks.


Property features

Parador de Alarcón offers free WiFi in public areas and conference space. If you plan to drive, free parking is available. The front desk has multilingual staff standing by 24 hours a day to assist with tours/tickets and securing valuables.

Room options

Standard Double Room Single Use

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Double Room, 1 Queen Bed

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior Double Room, 1 Queen Bed

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior Double Room Single Use, 1 Queen Bed

Queen 1 | Sleeps 1

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

83% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 475 reviews