Parador de Toledo - Country house hotel with panoramic views (4*)
The Parador de Toledo, set in a beautiful stone-built mansion with wooden balconies, a garden and an outdoor pool, stands on the Cerro del Emperador (‘Emperor’s Hill’) – 4 km outside the city above the gorge - with stunning views across to the historic hill-top city, already a Celtic stronghold when the Romans took it and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Particularly prominent in the view from the Parador is the Moorish fortress and also the cathedral, noted for its paintings by Rubens, Bellini, Titian and El Greco.
Toledo’s Parador takes its name, ‘Hotel Conde de Orgaz’, from the famous painting by El Greco, the Burial of Count Orgaz, which is on display in the Church of Santo Tome in Toledo. The Parador itself offers the guest every comfort, and the warm interior makes extensive use of wood in both floors and beamed ceilings, and also of rugs, copperware and decorative tiles, recalling the Moorish influence in the area.
Perhaps the highlight of any visit to this Parador is the unparalleled view of the city which can be enjoyed over a glass of wine on the hotel’s terrace, from some of the public areas, or alternatively from one of the superior rooms with city views.