Merida's Parador used to be a convent and you can tell. Unfortunately because of pedestrian zoning the hotel is now best approached on the c/Almendrejo (GPS will get you there), which gives access to the car park and the back of the hotel. It's only when you walk out of the front entrance that you can see how magnificent this building is.
It ticks all the boxes for lovers of classic Paradors - lovely tiled floors, grand open spaces, vast public rooms, vaulted ceilings and shady cloisters, and the rooms are to match. Superior doubles have masses of space and a bright bathroom.
The large dining room, again white with high, vaulted ceilings, can feel a little impersonal, but there is a strong connection with the past. Tour groups do use this hotel, although they try to keep them separate from individual clients. The car park costs 19€ a night, which is steep, but is probably the best option in town.
Rooms are air-conditioned and double glazed, although sound insulation is poor because of the older, wooden window frames.
Wifi internet is free but not resilient. The breakfast is the predictable large Parador buffet with a good selection of just about everything.
The Parador is well situated for foot access to all of Merida's main sights - the Roman theatre/amphitheatre are about 10 minutes' easy walk away, as is the town centre, Roman Bridge, Alcazabar and St Eulalia.
Rooms can be pricy, but a good deal is always to be had via the Parador site, especially if you join their "Amigos" club or are over 55, qualifying you for the "golden years" discount.
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- Also Known As:
- Parador De Merida Hotel Merida
- Parador De Merida mérida
- Parador De Merida Hotel mérida