Parador de Mérida - 18th century convent (4*)
The Parador de Mérida is an 18th century converted convent and offers guests an insight to Mérida’s rich and celebrated history. Built upon the original Roman forum and temple remains, this white walled, simple building has served a lifetime of purposes including a home for the poor, a hospital, an asylum and even a prison. Set in the town which was borne of the same sentiment, the Parador de Mérida is the ideal base to explore the Spanish Rome of days gone by. The Parador is home to relics and remains from the buildings history and indeed from the history of Mérida itself.
Mérida is proudest of its history as an important Roman town having flourished under Roman occupation. This influence is felt strongly throughout the town, and Mérida’s Parador features many artefacts from the period, such as Roman columns and sculptures, adding a cultural element to any stay at this Parador.
Since the Parador of Mérida joined the group in 1933 it has welcomed a wealth of visitors including film stars, opera singers, politicians and even royalty. It has been a popular choice for the King and Queen of Spain, and also the King’s father, who have all stayed in this beautiful building on many occasions.
From its most recent use as a convent, the Parador features authentic remnants such as gates to the crypt with high vaulted ceilings, where guests can relax and reflect. The rooms of the Parador are in very much in keeping with the theme of the convent with subtle and simple décor; archways, columns and vaulted ceilings. The exquisite internal courtyard offers a peaceful place to sit and unwind whilst admiring the gardens which, contrary to the Roman influences of the area, were designed in typical Moorish style.
The Parador de Mérida has benefitted from a few contemporary additions such as an outdoor swimming pool, sauna and a gym. Its location in southern Extremadura means that this Parador benefits from a warmer climate all year round and there is a golf course just 8km away.
Specialities at the restaurant include Gazpacho (chilled vegetable soup), Calderata Extremeña (lamb stewed with vegetables and wine) and Técula Mécula (a dessert made with almonds and egg yolks).
- Request a room with garden views for an extra special stay.