The Parador de Toledo is one of the best-known of the government-owned boutique hotel chain of Paradores de Turismo, founded in 1928 to promote tourism in Spain. We took a suite for one night in late January 2012, en route during a self-drive holiday in Spain with a hire car. We chose the place primarily for its picturesque location and views, and amenities including car parking, and secondly to have a trial experience of the Paradores chain in one of its best-known and presumably best-run establishments.
The Parador has a spectacular location on a high ridge looking north over the Tagus River to picture postcard views of the old fortified city. The steep, isolated location means the hotel can only be reached via steep, winding roads, some one-way. While ideal for hire car users like us, the location is not ideal for travelers who lack their own transport. Through no fault of the Parador, our state-of-the-art GPS in-car navigator and even Google Maps showed non-existent road access, via a locked service entrance. It took a few wrong turns to navigate the old-fashioned way. At the time of writing this GPS and Google map navigation error seems since to have been corrected.
The building had something of the appearance, décor and atmosphere of an off-season Tyrolean ski chalet. It is comfortable without being luxurious; a little dated and a bit sleepy. The service was easygoing, family-style. Perhaps these characteristics reflect the fact that Spain long ago achieved the original purpose of the Paradores, and now has a large competing tourist infrastructure, including other outstanding boutique hotels.
We had a pleasant, spacious suite with a large marble bathroom and spa, and views over old Toledo. The buffet breakfast and a la carte dinner were excellent.
We found the Parador de Toledo a convenient base for a day trip in Toledo, where we found voucher parking in steep, narrow streets on the edge of the old town – and for an easy getaway for the next leg of our journey. A bit expensive compared to other accommodation options. Recommended subject to above considerations.
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- Also Known As:
- Parador De Toledo Hotel Toledo
- Parador De Hotel Toledo
- Toledo Parador De Hotel