Parador de Cuenca

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Housed within the former 16th century Monastery of San Pablo, the four-star Parador de Cuenca offers resplendent views of the city's medieval quarter and famed Casas Colgadas (Hanging Houses), from its scenic perch above the dramatic Huecar Gorge. Antique architecture is met by sophisticated contemporary design, offering guests a sanctuary of calm from which to appreciate the inspired natural beauty of Cuenca and its surroundings.

With a total of 63 spacious guest rooms, each well appointed with a combination of classical furnishings and modern comforts, the Parador is a unique window onto the very essence of Cuenca's rich history and cultural traditions. Connected to the city's old quarter by the adjacent Bridge of San Pablo, the Parador allows its guests unprecedented access to explore Cuenca conveniently by foot, while admiring spectacular views of its medieval architecture and lush river gorge landscapes. The hotel's interiors are as sumptuous as its historic exteriors, with a glass enclosed cloister bathed in sunlight and accented by modern works of art amidst heirloom details. A lovely interior courtyard is perfect for delighting in the afternoon shade, while the monastery's former chapel has been transformed into an elegant bar. A true example of gastronomic excellence, the hotel's fine culinary offerings are not to be missed. From within its opulent main dining hall the restaurant reimagines authentic local flavors with a modern sensibility, using seasonal ingredients, and presented with exquisite creativity.