Luxury hotel holiday Hospes Palacio de San Esteban Salamanca

Hospes Palacio de San Esteban is a five star hotel in the heart of Salamanca located just ten minutes' walk from the cathedral. Ideal for those seeking a luxurious and historical ambience, this stunning hotel is a converted 16th Century monastery blending stunning architecture with high levels of comfort with an indulgent spa and gastronomic restaurant. Within ten minutes' walk it is possible to reach Salamanca's Cathedral, its Plaza Major with its laid back cafes, beautiful architecture and theatre, or even the gothic, shell-covered house of Casa de Las Conchas. The inclusion of a hire car gives the freedom and possibility to explore the surroundings of Salamanca and take excursions to neighbouring towns or countryside before returning for meals in the hotel's gastronomic restaurant.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Madrid
  • Hire of a group A car for the duration of the holiday
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, car and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hospes Palacio de San Esteban, Salamanca

Hospes Palacio de San Esteban is a 5-star luxury boutique hotel in a 16th Century converted monastery. Serene grounds, gourmet cuisine and an excellent spa afford guests a tranquil retreat after a day exploring Salamanca's cultural and historical delights.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 5

Location The hotel is 7-minutes' walk to Salamanca Cathedral

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Madrid Airport

Distance from airport The hotel is just over 2-hours' drive from Madrid Airport

Closest railway station Salamanca Station

Distance from railway station The hotel is 10-minutes' drive from Salamanca Station

Hotel facilities and services

Restaurant, Bar, Cafe, Lounge Terrace, Library, Spa offering Massages and Treatments, Gym, Turkish Bath, 24-hour Room Service.

Out and about nearby

Salamanca's Convento de San Esteban is next door to the hotel, the Cathedral lies 550 metres away, the Palacio de la Salina can be reached on foot in 5 minutes and Palacio de Monterrey is about 10 minutes' walk, Avila is 60 minutes' drive away with its mediaeval walls, whilst the Las Batuecas-Sierra de Francia National park is 80 minutes' drive.

Sports nearby

Walking, Hiking, Cycling, Golf, Horse Riding.

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Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Dreamer room for 3 nights

From about

£890

Holiday Code EXH1752

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hospes Palacio de San Esteban, Salamanca

Hospes Palacio de San Esteban is a luxury five star hotel in the old town of Salamanca, which offers a historical setting within easy reach of cultural sites. Located on the Concilio de Trento square, the hotel is a converted 16th century monastery built on the site of a mediaeval convent which is believed to have housed Christopher Columbus before his journey to the West Indies. Salamanca's cathedral can be reached in ten minutes' walk from the luxury hotel and there is a surrounding feeling of history throughout the whole hotel in its careful decoration. Modern luxury and comforts are seamlessly combined with the sweeping arches and golden coloured stone of the original architecture. The 51 rooms and suites offer a neutral colour palette and large windows flood rooms with light, illuminating the building's exposed golden stone walls. The styling of the hotel exudes a simple elegance and allows its impressive architecture to stand out without losing the feeling of comfort and refinement expected of a five star hotel. The restaurant, El Monje, perhaps best exemplifies the easy blend of history and luxury with arched ceilings and stylish monochrome table settings which a delightful contemporary edge, also found in the gastronomic menu serving combinations such as duck and strawberry salad and red mullet with almond praline. A welcome indulgence is the hotel's addition of a Turkish bath, gym, massages and beauty treatments give a heighted sense of wellness. Hospes Palacio de San Esteban's location is ideal for exploring the historical and cultural quarter of Salamanca with the Plaza Major less 5 minutes' walk with its beautiful architecture whilst the shell-covered Casa de las Conchas is about 10 minutes' walk. We recommend using the Hospes Palacio de San Esteban as a base to explore the neighbouring historical towns and countryside by hire car for an authentic and varied taste of central Spain. Notably, the historic town of Avila is about 60 minutes' drive from the hotel with its mediaeval walls and from there it is possible to visit the picturesque 15th Century Castillo de Coca in Segovia. Hospes Palacio de San Esteban is an historic and luxury hotel which offers peaceful relaxation within easy reach of Salamanca's cultural and historical buildings.

Room descriptions

Hospes Palacio de San Esteban has 51 rooms including air-conditioning, bathroom, TV, minibar, safe, hairdryer.

Dreamer Double Room
Superior Double Room
Deluxe Double Room
Junior Suite
Suite Family Room (upon request) - 1 deluxe and 1 suite interconnecting

Special offers for this holiday>

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Dreamer room for 3 nights

From about

£890

Holiday Code EXH1752

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hospes Palacio de San Esteban, Salamanca

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Hospes Palacio de San Esteban, Salamanca, Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with British Airways from London to Madrid. Flights may be available from other UK airports with Easyjet and Jet2 for example. If you are combining this hotel with stays elsewhere, you may want to consider flying into one airport and out of another. We can arrange this for you. The hotel is about 2 hours 30 minutes’ drive from the airport and we recommend the use of a hire-car for a holiday including this hotel.

Additional information

Children: A child under 6 years old can stay free of charge when sharing a room with two adults on a bed and breakfast basis. Interconnecting rooms are available upon request. Maximum occupancy of 3 in Dreamer and Deluxe rooms and Junior Suites.

Special offers

10% early booking offer Receive a 10% reduction off our contract rates when you book a stay 30 days in advance of your arrival. Valid for stays between 6 January to 7 April, 13 April to 5 September and 16 September to 31 October 2020. This offer is non-combinable and not applicable to supplements.

10% offer 3 nights or more Book a stay of 3 nights or more and receive a 10% reduction off our bed and breakfast rates. Valid for stays between 6 January to 7 April, 13 April to 5 September and 16 September to 31 October 2020. This offer is non-combinable and not applicable to supplements.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Dreamer room for 3 nights

From about

£890

Holiday Code EXH1752

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hospes Palacio de San Esteban, Salamanca

About Heart of Spain

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to the Heart of Spain feature some of the best four and five star hotels in central Spain, featuring vineyard hotels, rural estates and city properties. Located at the geographical heart of Spain is its vibrant capital, Madrid, where days can be filled with art galleries and atmospheric outdoor cafes, and evenings promise an energetic nightlife. Surrounding the city are the dry plains of the country's central plateau which are divided by spectacular mountain ranges and dotted with numerous castles, magnificent cathedrals and ancient Roman ruins. The regions which make up Spain's central plateau have all played a hugely important role in the history of modern Spain, which is evident in the numerous castles which were built to protect towns and villages as the Moors fought the Christians in the 10th and 11th centuries. These are some of the least visited parts of Spain where few tourists venture outside of the main cities, ensuring that visitors will leave feeling like they have discovered something new. At the centre of Spain is Madrid, where atmospheric cobbled streets link bustling squares which are filled with pavement cafes and flea markets, whilst tree-line boulevards are overlooked by neo-classical buildings. Surrounding the city are the dry plains of the country's central plateau which are divided by spectacular mountain ranges and dotted with numerous castles, magnificent cathedrals and ancient Roman ruins. To the north of Madrid is Castilla y León, an elevated region which has played a hugely important role in the history of modern Spain. Rolling countryside is littered with historic cities, isolated villages and mediaeval castles, built by the Christians to defend against the Moorish invaders. Salamanca, Avila, Segovia, León, Valladolid and Burgos are all home to a wealth of art and stunning architecture, including Gothic cathedrals and Roman structures. Away from the cities are natural attractions including mountain ranges and nature reserves, with wheat fields and vineyards covering the high plateaus. To the south and east of Madrid is Castilla-La Mancha, an expansive region with dry plains stretching towards mountains in the distance. The predominantly flat scenery is made up of olive groves, wheat fields, extensive vineyards, hilltop castles and the iconic windmills described by Cervantes. Head to the historic city of Toledo, where Christian, Jewish and Arab cultures blend to create a popular tourist destination, or to Cuenca, a dramatic town where houses seemingly dangle over a plunging gorge. Further west towards the border with Portugal is Extremadura, a region with green pastures and rolling hills, forests and fertile river valleys, as well as charming towns boasting stunning examples of Roman architecture. Elaborate palaces and manor houses are found in clusters throughout the region, built by conquistadors with gold from the New World.

Highlights of the Heart of Spain

The three world-class art galleries which make up Madrid's Golden Triangle of Art, home to works by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Francisco de Goya. The historical sights of Old Madrid, including the lavish Royal Palace, the grand Plaza Mayor and the city's spiritual centre, Puerta del Sol. Parque del Retiro, a popular spot for relaxation in the centre of Madrid with a boating lake. El Escorial, a large royal residence just outside Madrid which also functions as a monastery and is where many Spanish monarchs are buried. The Gothic cathedrals of León, Burgos and Toledo which feature stunning stained glass, mediaeval art and elaborate sculptures. The numerous castles which are scattered across the region including the Gothic-style Belmonte Castle, the Mudejár Coca Castle and the Moorish Alcazaba of Badajoz. The university city of Alcalá de Henares, birthplace of Cervantes, the 16th century author who wrote about the adventures of Don Quixote. The walled city of Ávila. The university city of Salamanca. Segovia, with its Roman Aqueduct and distinctive castle. Cuenca, a picturesque old town with houses which appear to hang over a gorge. The iconic windmills which sit on the plains near Consuegra. Roman ruins in Mérida. Elaborate palaces and manor houses in Trujillo and Cáceres. The wine-producing regions throughout central Spain including Ribera del Duero, La Mancha and Valdepeñas where visitors can visit vineyards and enjoy wine tastings. Mountain ranges which divide the central plateau, with many opportunities for walking and rock climbing.

Festivals in the Heart of Spain

February: Caja Madrid Flamenco Festival, February to March: Madrid Carnival, February to March: Madrid Contemporary Art Fair, March/April: Holy week celebrations, May: San Isidro bullfighting festival (Madrid), May/June: Toledo Corpus Christi processions (Toledo), July to August: Madrid summer arts festival, October: Saffron Rose Festival (Consuegra), October: Cervantes Week (Alcala de Henares), October to November: Madrid Autumn Festival

Gastronomy in the Heart of Spain

As expected, Madrid is home to some excellent restaurants serving a great range of cuisine from throughout Spain and around the world. Roasted meat and game as well as a variety of broths and stews are common features on menus throughout central Spain, where traditional cooking is simple and hearty. Cuisine varies slightly between the regions, with more paprika and saffron being used in the south. Various pulses are grown on the plains of Castilla y León, whilst Manchego cheese produced in La Mancha and high quality Ibérico ham is produced in Extremadura. There are a number of wine regions which produce high-quality red and white wines. Local dishes include ‘Pollo a lo Padre Pero’ (chicken with a spicy sauce), ‘El frite’ (fried lamb), ‘Sopa de ajo’ (garlic soup), ‘Pisto manchego’ (similar to ratatouille), ‘Yemas’ (a rich dessert made with egg yolks).

Climate in the Heart of Spain

The climate of central Spain is generally quite extreme, with extremely hot summers and bitterly cold yet dry winters. Rainfall is generally quite low thanks to the mountains which surround the region. Madrid can be almost unbearable in the summer months as temperatures reach 40 degrees, whilst during the temperatures regularly drop below freezing. Spring and autumn are the best times to visit as temperatures are warm and pleasant, although there is increased rainfall.

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