The beautiful Parador de Santo Domingo Bernardo de Fresneda is in the Convent of San Francisco, just 400 metres from the historic centre of Santo Domingo de la Calzada. The building, which was commissioned by Fray Bernardo, for whom it is named, has three parts: a church, a workshop-museum and a guesthouse, and the hotel is located in the latter. A vaulted corridor (the monastery’s former wine cellar) leads to the reception area, where the main staircase begins. The impressive remodelling of the novices’ courtyard is a highlight; it is covered by a dynamic glass vault which is now where the restaurant is.
Its rooms, whose stone walls make them so special and cosy, and its outstanding decoration with contrasting red and blue-grey tones, the oil paintings with a sacred theme and works by modern graphic artists, will make your stay an exclusive experience. It also has magnificent rooms for banquets and meetings. Santo Domingo de la Calzada is in the heart of the Pilgrims’ Route to Santiago de Compostela, which makes a perfect destination for rural tourism and sports such as golf or hiking, or to enjoy the winter resort of Valdezcaray. It is a jewel on the Way of St. James, with places as special as its Cathedral and Plaza de España. There is a legend about its foundation. It’s said that in the 11th century the site of the town was a large holm oak forest on the banks of a river that flowed down from the nearby Sierra de la Demanda. A hermit called Domingo settled in this forest, and spent his time aiding the passage through such difficult lands for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela.
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
Breakfast in the room
Minibar with a carefully selected selection of products
Flat screen TV
Laundry and ironing service
Digital press and magazines service
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.
Santo Domingo de la Calzada Cathedral is the jewel in the crown of local heritage. A proto-Gothic building, it is organised as a typical pilgrimage church with three naves, a double-width central nave, which is crossed by a transept. Inside, the main altarpiece, a jewel of Spanish Renaissance sculpture, is one of the highlights.
Its historic quarter is brimming with treasures in the form of mansions, palaces and churches, such as San Francisco, which is adjacent to the Parador de Santo Domingo Bernardo de Fresneda.
It also preserves the largest walled enclosure in La Rioja, and its Plaza de España and the historic town hall building are remarkable.
Santo Domingo de la Calzada is a good starting point for the Wine Route, in which you can visit the nearby town of Haro and its wineries.
You can also visit nearby villages such as Briones, Cuzcurrita del River Tirón, which has a fabulous heritage, as well as Nájera.
The surrounding towns of San Millán de la Cogolla, the birthplace of the Spanish language, and Ezcaray, a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts because of the Valdezcaray ski resort, are also worth a visit
The Parador Santo Domingo Bernardo de Fresneda is ideal for large events. The impressive remodelling of the Convent of San Francisco has given rise to spaces in such unique settings as a modern hall under a glass vault where banquets and special events can be held.