Hostal dos Reis Católicos, Santiago de Compostela

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The Hostal dos Reis Católicos, also called the Hotel de Los Reyes Católicos or Parador de Santiago, is a 5-star Parador hotel, located in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain. The hotel was constructed as a religious work in 1486, by Ferdinand and Isabel, the Catholic Monarchs. It is widely considered the oldest continuously operating hotel in the world, and has also been called the "most beautiful hotel in Europe"The Pilgrimage TrailThe Hostal dos Reis Católicos sits at the very end of famous pilgrimage trail, the Way of St. James, next to the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral.Pilgrims from all over Europe, throughout the Middle Ages, both rich and poor, followed the Way of St. James, and arrived in Santiago de Compostela. In the late 15th century Ferdinand and Isabel themselves completed the pilgrimage across northern Spain. As a sign of their religious piety, and their growing economic and political might, they began a program to improve the infrastructure and support services on the pilgrimage trail in Spain. They built new hostels, bridges, churches, and public wells.The most improvement project by Isabel and Ferdinand was the Hostal, right next to the great cathedral at the very end of the pilgrimage trail. The Hostal de los Reyes Catolicos served as a hospice and a hospital, where pilgrims could recover and rejuvenate after completing the pilgrimage. The Hostal had a multi-lingual staff of doctors, nurses, and priests on call 24 hours a day; and provided all services free of charge. Pilgrims were allowed to recover at the Hostal for 3 days in the Summer, and 5 days in the Winter.
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  • One of the more expensive paradors. It is expensive but nice. The exterior isn't as fancy as the parador in Leon, but it has a very impressive interior. Getting to is was easy with a GPS as long as yo...  more »
  • The Hostal is truly an amazing building (some say it is the oldest hotel in Europe). However, our experience dining here was fairly poor. Service was extremely slow (even if there were only a few tabl...  more »
  • A group of 11 of us booked a celebration dinner on the evening of 12 May and the whole experience was a great disappointment. The staff were uncommunicative and aloof, there was no interaction with us...  more »
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  • We stopped here for drinks and snacks after visiting the Cathedral. We were served in an inner courtyard with tables in the shade. It was a welcome respite on a hot and sunny day.
  • You won't find a hotel like this anywhere else in the world
  • As a restaurant.
  • We were in the Enxebre. I caught my attention the excellent service. The food very well, ate chop at a great price.
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  • Super recommended visit in Santiago de Compostela. The Town Hall has a tour of the Cathedral and adjacent areas where to include this visit. It is short but helps to see the inside with more details.
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