Parador de Calahorra - Modern palatial-style hotel (4*)
The Parador de Calahorra overlooks what was once the site of a Roman Circus thought to have been as large as those found in Rome. The area has further ties with Rome, as the Parador itself is built on the birthplace of Orator Quintilian, the Parador’s namesake. Quintilian was a well-known Hispanic orator who served under several Roman emperors, including Nero, and opened a popular rhetoric school in Rome. His statue resides at the entrance to the Parador.
Although the Parador Marco Fabio Quintiliano is a modern building, its bricks, pantiles, arches, and classical style reflect the Roman heritage of Calahorra. The interior is spacious, light and airy, and combines modern facilities with Medieval-style décor and furnishings. With numerous seating areas, and a welcoming café/bar lounge, there are plenty of spaces for guests to relax.
Many of the Parador de Calahorra’s bedrooms aim to emulate the historical atmosphere of the town with hard-wood flooring and Gothic furniture, yet they are still bright and comfortable.
The Parador’s restaurant has a palatial style where guests can sample some of the area’s specialities such as Chuletillas con pimientos (pork chops and peppers), and several featuring the world-famous Rioja wines, such as Menestra de verduras (vegetables stewed in wine) and Pera o melocoton al vino (pears or peaches in wine).