The Hostal San Marcos, a traditional emblem of the influential Order of Santiago and one of the most representative monuments of the Spanish Renaissance, has been home since 1986 for the Parador de León, a living museum that combines history and modernity.
Restored in an avant-garde style that wisely combines past and present, the Hostal San Marcos is full of incredible spaces, such as the cafeteria located under a ceiling created by the painter Lucio Muñoz, the terrace on the banks of the river Bernesga, and the Chapter Hall, with a magnificent Mudejar coffered ceiling.
Built in the 12th c. as a monastery and hospital for pilgrims, San Marcos later became one of the main headquarters of the Order of Santiago, and one of the most representative buildings of the Plateresque style in Spain.
Today, San Marcos is home to an art collection that brings together traditions and modernity. The interior contains an exceptional collection of traditional works, including figures by Juan de Juni and the 16th c. choirstalls, along with a selection of modern art that includes works by Fernando Zóbel, Eduardo Chillida and José Caballero, as well as an exclusive collection of 32 oils by José Vela Zanetti.
Rooms to dream about
The rooms at Paradores combine design and modern services to perfection. In each room you can enjoy the comfort and elegance of the design and furnishings, and the best views in destinations you will want to return to again and again.
All the comforts you need
Conferences and meetings
Minibar with a carefully selected selection of products
Flat screen TV
Laundry and ironing service
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The best regional cuisine in unique spaces
Paradores offers the exclusive experience of enjoying regional, local and local cuisine in unique spaces. Our cuisine is strongly linked to the places where the 98 hotels are located, presenting the best gastronomy from the different Spanish regions. Pioneers in local cuisine, we have reinforced our commitment to local products in search of the best raw material and reaffirming our commitment to sustainability.
The best way to discover León is by wandering through its exceptional historical quarter, where you’ll be amazed by its cathedral, a gem of the Spanish Gothic style that is internationally famous for its 13th c.-stained-glass windows. Your walk will take you past other spectacular monuments such as the Real Colegiata, the Palacio de los Guzmanes or Gaudi’s Casa Botines de Gaudí, and if you feel like relaxing for a while, stop off at the beautiful Plaza Mayor, or continue along the streets of the famous districts of the Barrio Húmedo and Barrio Romántico , or find out more about the city’s fascinating history and art at its many museums.
León is surrounded by a truly exceptional heritage. Nearby are the historical cities of Astorga and Ponferrada, the headquarters of the Templar knights, or discover unique buildings such as the Mozarabic monastery of San Miguel de la Escalada. The region also offers impressive sights like the Caves of Valporquero and the Hoces de Vegacervera, and many hiking trails, such as the Roman Gold Trail, which takes you into the World Heritage landscape of Las Médulas. And for the more daring, the Valle de Anciles offers an exclusive safari of bison and Pottoka horses.
The Hostal San Marcos is another of León's iconic buildings, due to its architecture and history. Closely linked to the Order of Santiago, of which it was the seat, Francisco de Quevedo was imprisoned in it. It is the most important Renaissance building in the country and is notable for its impressive Plateresque façade and the cloister in its interior.
The province of León offers first-class options tourists, from the famous Médulas to the Valporquero Caves, not to mention the architectural heritage around Sahagún and Tierra de Campos and the area of Astorga. You can also visit the Picos de Europa National Park, enjoy the Camino de Santiago (Way of Santiago), whose longest route is in the province, or make an excursion through the areas around the rivers Bernesga, Torío, Porma and Curueño.