The 16th century Hostal de San Marcos, now the Parador de Leon, is a truly iconic building at the heart of the city and one of Spain's finest Paradors.

Behind its ornate Plateresque facade the hotel has recently undergone a thorough three-year long refurbishment, bringing it right up to 21st century, with everything you would expect from a 5-star hotel.

Beyond the lofty, ultra-modern reception area (be prepared for a shock!) the San Marcos, originally a monastery-cum-hospital for pilgrims on their way to Santiago, is truly a living museum. Ask about a guided tour at reception or take a stroll in the peaceful cloister and marvel at the 500-plus paintings and tapestries which line the walls.

Superior rooms are in the main building and furnished with antiques whilst standard rooms are in the more modern annex. All have been brought up to date in the recent renovation with a simple, almost minimalist style making the most of the natural materials – and all offer the highest standard of comfort and facilities.

Facilities include a gastronomic restaurant and a garden courtyard, as well as lounge areas with artwork, stone walls, delightfully intricate ceilings and Gothic arches.


51 rooms including Suites, Junior suites, superior and standard rooms.
All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, heating and air-conditioning
Interconnected room(s) available


Hotel Features

Patio lounge area in cloister
Bar & Restaurant
Room service
Parking (extra charge)


Buffet breakfast is available until 11am.
The restaurant serves lunch and dinner and snacks are available all day.
The menu features traditional Castilian dishes, including the region's famous lamb, beef, charcuterie and cheeses.
The hotel also has a lounge bar with plenty of comfortable chairs to relax after a hard day's tourism or an evening of tapas in the Barrio Humedo.

Hotel Facilities

24 Hour Reception
WiFi all areas
Shared Lounge / TV Area
No smoking in hotel
Air Conditioning

Room facilities (all rooms)

En-suite bathroom
Fridge / Minibar
Tea/Coffee making facilities
Safe deposit box


Restaurant, open to the public
Bar, open to the public, serving drinks and light snacks


Facilities adapted for guests with reduced mobility
Room(s) adapted for guests with reduced mobility
Parking space adapted for guests with reduced mobility


On-site parking (free)

León, Madrid and Inland Spain

The monumental city of León on the Pilgrims´route to Santiago, had twenty four kings before Castilla even had laws!

Apart from its amazing Gothic cathedral with its stunning stained glass windows which jump out at you with their special light, equal to those of Chartres, it boasts many other impressive monuments such as the romanesque Basilica de San Isidoro or La Casa de Los Botines designed by Gaudi in the 19th century.

  • Apart from monuments León has a surprising lot to offer – excellent traditional gastronomy and wines, a very good choice of shops and a lively atmosphere especially at weekends.Crossing point of the Camino de Santiago and Via de Plata.
  • Cathedral of Santa Maria – beautiful stained glass Rose Window.
  • Hostal de San Marcos, whose history goes back to the 12th century and which at one time was used as a hospital for pilgrims, is now a hotel.
  • Palacio de los Guzmanes, built in the 16th century.
  • Tapas in la Zona Humeda, ‘the wet zone’, in the old-town.
  • See the 'true' Holy Grail housed in the beautiful Colegiata de San Isidoro.
  • Take a trip to lovely Astorga with its Gaudi palace.