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Hostal de los Reyes Catolicos

OK. Now that you’ve walked hundreds of kilometers, for a month or 2, you finally arrived at the Cathedral in Santiago, and you need a shower and some rest. Well, one of the options is the Hostal de los Reyes Catolicos, the hotel of the catholic kings, just next door to the cathedral. You’ll probably very well treated there, as it is, according to many, one of Europe’s best hotels, with 5 stars.
Here is a close-up of the entrance.

It is claimed to be the world’s first hotel and has housed a hospital. It is now one of Spain’s sumptuous state-run paradors.
The hotel is a “stand alone” example of Galician architecture. It has a decorative facade designed by Enrique Egas which includes sculptures, coats of arms and a series of narrow windows, but it is the internal features of the building and its geometry that really make it special.
The hotel has four colonnaded and interconnected courtyards within its walls. Two of these piazzas date from the eighteen hundreds, but the two earlier squares are from the sixteenth century and feature water fountains at their hearts. The later courtyards are of a baroque design and were constructed during extensive remodelling and renovation.
The building was commissioned by the Spanish king in the fifteenth century as a hostal and hospital for Santiago’s visiting pilgrims.

10 responses

  1. hi Rob, how have you been?
    how's Mandy? ^0^
    miss your posts and photos already,
    undoubtedly, Santiago de Comp.
    has one of the grandest, most stunning architectures.
    glad you shared your trip despite the weather which i think rains most of the year.
    sis and I were planning to visit actually, but acquiring a spanish visa deterred us from doing so.
    long story! (again).
    hope you could post more photos of this city.


    October 25, 2012 at 3:17 pm

  2. J'imagine les espaces intérieurs…


    October 22, 2012 at 5:57 am

  3. Thanks so much for showing Rob, like all above staying there would not feel comfortable with the struggle so many are having all over the world, but it IS an amazing piece of architecture and fascinating to see.


    October 22, 2012 at 5:10 am

  4. oh, my. what an experience to stay in such a place…i'd be afraid to sneeze.


    October 21, 2012 at 11:44 am

  5. Five stars are about three too many for my pocketbook. But I'd love to look around the place. Must be quite elegant inside!


    October 21, 2012 at 10:15 am

  6. Impressive details in the entrance facade!


    October 21, 2012 at 8:39 am

  7. I actually tried to find out the prices, but couldn't, the hotel seems to be fully booked for years in advance. No crisis for them.


    October 21, 2012 at 6:25 am

  8. Totally agree with you, Dina. This… palace is really incongruous where it is situated, on the main square, next to the cathedral. I remember some ideal of poverty in the early christianism…..


    October 21, 2012 at 6:21 am

  9. Magnificent. But a simple albergue/refugio would be more my style and budget if I walked the Camino.


    October 21, 2012 at 6:11 am

  10. Roberto & Mandy!
    Finally I catch up with you on the new CDP blog portal! Missed my daily fix of Barcelona!
    Kind regards from EAGAN daily photo


    October 21, 2012 at 1:01 am