The Parador de Siguenza is an imposing medieval castle situated in an
Arab fortress built atop a Roman settlement. These are the perfect
accommodations, inviting you to enjoy an ancient city, where the
stones speak of history, tradition and legend. The hotel's traditional
Castilian furnishings are displayed with fine taste in the spacious,
welcoming guest rooms. Some feature canopy beds that will make you
feel as if you are lodging in a real palace. Within the thick stone walls
there is a cobbled courtyard, a stately dining room and function rooms
which are ideal for meetings and celebrations.In Siguenza you will
enjoy a real journey back in time as you visit the cathedral, with its
famous sepulcro del Doncel (tomb of the youth), chapels and
cemetery. You can stroll through historic neighborhoods, medieval
Travesana and the baroque neighborhood of San Roque. There are a
number of typical small Castilian villages located throughout this large
municipality, where traditional customs interact with rural architecture
and nature, and where ancient taverns coexist with sophisticated
restaurants.You can also enjoy the city's natural surroundings. The Rio
Dulce Nature Reserve, the Pinar de Siguenza (Pine Wood of Siguenza),
large Mediterranean forests, holm oak and oak woods, valleys carpeted
in green, home to the griffon vulture, peregrine falcon and eagle owl,
all offer up a one-of-a-kind splendor any time of year. Surely you won't
miss a chance to visit?
Lovely parador, well cared for, spacious rooms. The breakfast was very good in spite of measures for Covid. The cafeteria was good too, nice service. Reception desk gave us a friendly welcome. Definitely a parador to visit again.
Imagine staying in a medieval castle but with awesome water pressure, great food and Wi-Fi!! But that is not all, you get to stay in the castle where queen Blanca de Borbón was kept prisoner for a few years since her dad King Jean II le Bon did not pay the dowry, became the bishops’ palace and eventually was turned into a gorgeous Parador hotel in the 70s The staff is a phenomenal team, eager to help or to blend out of the picture, fantastic! Ample parking, dining, history, charm, 6 feet stone walls, what's not to like??
That parador is set in an impressive building though it has been partly rebuilt from ruins yet in a very stylish and authentic way. The rooms are lovely, yet, as the castle is open to all kinds of visitors, there is a lack of privacy and quiet for the hosts as in any other parador. You find visitors everywhere. As we stayed between Christmas and New Year there were a lot of people, we had to queue to register and even longer to leave, worse even was trying to get the attention of a waiter in the bar to try to get a drink. One expects a better service from a four-star hotel as it claims to be above all when the prices are indeed those of a four-star one, .
We arrived in Sigüenza in the late afternoon of 5 January oblivious to the Spanish celebrations of Fiesta de los Reyes but thought that there was a surprising number of families with children checking in to the Parador...and looking slightly surprised to see a white haired couple with no visible children. We went for a walk in the town and saw little groups of musicians on street corners and what seemed to be a general move in one direction. We had to follow, didn’t we? All was revealed when the three “kings” arrived by train - then mounted a tractor-pulled trailer to be paraded thought the town followed by an ever-growing crowd! We thought that that was all there was to it. That night when we went to dine in the Parador we encountered swarms of little people in every direction - the impressively large dining room and the adjoining room was a seething mass of them. Notwithstanding this, we were efficiently served with courtesy and charm by the staff who had to cope with this seething mass, the parents, the appearance by the Kings (huge excitement), then a magic show and so on. We retired long before the littlest child was even starting to tire. And, of course, breakfast the next morning was present-opening time with yet more excitement bordering on hysteria. One little chap latched on to my partner and took her away for some time, sharing his joy with her - she likes that sort of thing and returned aglow. We were then joined by his mother, a lovely lady who explained it all to us and who had been wondering what we were doing there and how we were reacting. Once again the staff excelled at coping with the crowd. One of your reception staff described it, very accurately, as being like “a small city of children”. This was a wonderful start to our trip and a serendipitous introduction to another aspect of Spanish life: we were enriched by the whole thing. We have untold admiration for the staff and their organizational skills. Oh yes.The hotel was lovely, as is it’s location; spacious, comfortable room with plenty of hotter and good pressure in the shower; we had the chance to do a little walking in the area and but to return for more; the food at both of the dinners we had was delicious and of high quality; the breakfasts were the usual buffets but better-than-average quality food.…
We visited on New Years Day having stayed with relatives who live in Spain. The setting is superb, can't fault the castle, town or room. However, the evening dinner, miserable service and follow up the next morning from the manager were poor. The bread roll was very dry and there was no oil, vinegar or butter, although we later heard we should have been offered this. My wife ordered the Cod, I had the Lamb. Both are served without any vegetables or potatoes. I'm happy to accept this may be a traditional Spanish style, although I did question this with the miserable waitress. After ten minutes I was bought a saucer with 7 or 8 fries (although I hadn't ordered this). My wife was concerned at the freshness of the fish and the way it was cooked. I left some of my lamb, partly due to how fatty it was. A bill approaching 60 Euros is fine given the surroundings and how good the food should be, but this was one of the biggest dining disappointments ever. We complained at the front desk and spoke to the manager the next morning. He dismissed our claims due to cultural expectations. He did refund the 3+ Euros for the fries! We are happy, smiling people who eat just about everything, but this food and service was just rubbish, regardless of nationality. I wish we had taken note of similar comments and eaten in one of the restaurants in the town.…