Parador Dos Reis Catolicos

Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Staying at this parador, a renovated medieval building right next to Santiago’s venerated cathedral, really makes you feel you are living a part of Santiago’s rich history. Founded in 1499 as a royal hospital to give shelter to the numerous pilgrims making their way to Santiago, the hotel today has about 100 guest rooms and splendid public rooms with beautiful architectural detail and enclosed courtyards. Breakfast is served in a lovely room overlooking the central square and the café has a nice view of the cathedral. The hotel’s location right on the central square makes it a great place for people watching, especially witnessing the emotions of the pilgrim-hikers as they reach their destination, the cathedral of St. James.