Segovia Accommodation

Segovia's proximity to Madrid and its popularity in its own right as a major tourist destination mean hotel beds can be hard to come by, especially if you're visiting in the summer months. Many roving tourists make this a stopping point for a night or two and it's a favourite place for an overnight stay for visitors to others parts of Castile-Leon. Whatever type of accommodation you're looking for, make sure you book well in advance, particularly if your visit is going to coincide with the big fiestas which take place at the end of June.

The city offers a good range of hotel accommodation from modern, high rise hotels in the commercial district to lovely, historic buildings which have been sympathetically converted to meet the needs of the modern-day visitor. And in the villages of the wider province of Segovia you'll find some beautiful farmhouses and ancient buildings which have been transformed into rustic self-catering accommodation and small, charming hotels.

There's a government-owned Parador about three kilometres from the city centre. It's not one of the historic Paradors but it gives fantastic panoramic views of the city and is well equipped with modern facilities including satellite TV, air conditioning, a sauna and gym. Sports facilities include a lovely outdoor pool with views of the city, an indoor heated pool and tennis court. As with most Paradors, the hotel specialises in regional cuisine so you'll find local dishes such as the famous suckling pig, Castilian soup and the Judiones de la Granja white beans figuring strongly on the menu.


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One of the oldest hotels in the city is Hotel Los Linajes, a former 17th century palace located inside the old town walls. The hotel's impressive fa├žade dates back to the 11th century but once inside you'll enjoy every modern comfort. The hotel, which has a three-star rating, has its own bar, restaurant, disco and terrace with beautiful views. All the city's major attractions - the Roman aqueduct, the alcazar, cathedral and Plaza Mayor - are within a five minute walk.

Another popular place to bed down in the historic old quarter is the Hotel Infanta Isabel which occupies a prime location right on the Plaza Mayor. This elegant stone building dates back to 1860 and has an old-world charm with a crystal chandelier in the lobby and small, snug rooms some of which have balconies opening out onto the square. You feel you can almost touch the turrets of the magnificent Gothic cathedral.

The city also has a good selection of modern hotels including the four-star Los Arcos in Paseo Ezequiel Gonzalez in the commercial zone outside the old town walls. The hotel is well equipped with services which include a cocktail bar, disco, tavern, sauna and fitness room. There's also a banqueting room and conference facilities for business travellers.

At the other end of the scale, you'll find numerous cheap and cheerful hostals and pensions which offer more basic facilities but they're usually clean and comfortable and many have en-suite bathrooms. Try Hostal El Hidalgo in Calle Jose Canalejas, Hostal Plaza in Calle Cronista Lecea or Pension Aragon in the Plaza Mayor. Students and backpackers head for the Emperador Teodosio youth hostel in Paseo Sepulveda where the dormitory-style accommodation costs less than the price of a decent meal.

In the villages surrounding the city there are some delightful places to stay such as the Hotel Santa Maria de El Paular, a former medieval monastery set in an oasis of tranquility in the Guadarrama Mountains. In the enchanting walled village of Pedraza, 30 kilometres northeast of Segovia, the Hotel de la Villa offers magical rooms with sumptuous beds, wooden rafters and wonderful views of the surroundings hills and ravines.

 

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