Parador de Lerma - 17th century palace (4*)
There are not many hotels which can offer the opportunity to stay in a palace built for royalty. Especially one which has kept its original features from when it was first erected and benefits from plush décor to make your stay all that more special.
The Parador de Lerma, set in the upper part of the town of Lerma, is a Ducal Palace which was erected between 1601 and 1617 by Francisco de Mora under the instruction of the first Duke of Lerma, Francisco Gómez de Sandoval y Rojas. The vision for the Parador was “a place of lodging, rest and general enjoyment” for King Phillip III, a sentiment which still applies to its guests hundreds of years later. The interior décor of both the rooms and communal areas is both elegant and befitting of the historical importance of this magnificent building. The Parador has retained many of its original features, a spiral turret at each corner, as well as breathtakingly high ceilings supported by stone columns. Columns are a principal feature of this Parador in both Tuscan and Ionic styles.
From the outside one may mistake the Parador for an official building of government proportions, but journeying inside shows just how much this architectural feat has to offer. A particularly special feature for the visitor to discover is an inner courtyard where one can enjoy a drink or a bite to eat in the sunshine, secluded from the outside world.
The Lerma Parador boasts several superior rooms each with different features which guarantee good views and a little more space. The superior double room and suite feature a pair of balconies from which to enjoy the views. The also suite features a sunken jacuzzi bath with views out towards the countryside for a truly relaxing experience.