Toledo is an incredibly fascinating city, with a history that spans centuries and encompasses numerous cultures, including Jewish, Arab and Christian. Its cultural heritage is widely available in the city’s top attractions and sights, but a different and unique way of getting to know Toledo in more depth is spending a night at one of the city’s top ten cultural hotels, listed below.
In Spain, staying at any Parador Hotel is a unique way of getting to know the culture of the different Spanish regions a bit better. Toledo’s Parador can be found in a beautiful setting, with wooden beams, mudejar tiles and luxurious amenities that will make for a very pleasant and cultural stay. To top it all off there are excellent views of the city from the hotel’s terrace and swimming pool.
Formerly the site of a foundry where swords of Toledo steel were forged for the bravest knights, Hotel Abad de Toledo comes with a rich history. The actual building dates from the 19th century, as the previous construction on this sight was in ruins, and it was restored a few years ago to make sure that guests at this hotel are as comfortable as possible during their stay. The hotel is close to major Toledo attractions, but spending time inside it and exploring its tapestries, wooden beams, intricate woodwork and more is also a great experience in itself.
El Refugio de Cristal, Toledo | Courtesy of El Refugio de Cristal, Toledo
Located close to the city in a wonderful natural reserve, this country house aims to be a place where visitors can decompress and relax whilst enjoying the beautiful surroundings. It is off the beaten path, and therefore allows for a pleasant stay in a privileged location, with avant-garde rooms, private terraces, glass walls and great food. The hotel’s philosophy of combining a contemporary living style with nature is a very unique way of exploring Spain’s countryside, and the proximity to the beautiful city of Toledo is also a plus.
The Hotel San Juan de los Reyes has one of the best restaurants in Toledo, where visitors will be able to taste one of the city’s most iconic dishes; a juicy sucking pig that can be enjoyed in the magnificent outdoor terrace. The building used to be a flour factory, and parts of this legacy are still obvious to the naked eye, so wandering around the hotel can be quite entertaining. It is situated in the old town, so most of Toledo’s attractions are easy to reach from this point.
Sleeping within an authentic 18th-century palace in Toledo offers an exciting experience, and visitors will be able to do just that at the Hacienda del Cardenal Hotel. There are 27 rooms here, a beautiful garden, stunning corridors that are lined with artwork and awe-inspiring ceilings. The hotel’s fine-dining restaurant is one of the musts in Toledo, offering what most would claim to be the city’s best suckling pig. The architecture, food and décor here all blend together to make for a perfect cultural experience.
One of the city’s best hotels, this establishment has welcomed celebrities such as John Wayne, Rita Hayworth and Claudia Cardinale cross its doors. It is one of the city’s most emblematic buildings, and a place where the past and the present come together to create a unique experience for the clients. The building is seeping in history, and many incredible events have taken place here, so learning about its past whilst staying in one of the hotel’s rooms is a great way of familiarizing yourself with Toledo’s rich history.
El Cigarral de las Mercedes is also located on the outskirts of Toledo, in the ‘cigarrales’, a great area for hiking and exploring Toledo’s natural surroundings. This boutique hotel showcases Mediterranean-style architecture with an avant-garde touch in 17 unique rooms and four luxurious villas with private gardens and jacuzzis. The restaurant is one of the most renowned eateries in the Toledo area, and many locals choose to come here to celebrate weddings or other special events, so visitors should check the restaurant’s availability in advance.
The Posada de Zocodover is a hostel, so it offers cheaper rooms at a similar standard to those of the other hotels throughout this list. Its privileged location in the historic center of the city means that it is a great base to move around and explore Toledo’s attractions, and the fact that it is inside an old Toledo house means that visitors who stay here will get the real deal.
Close to an old Arab square, this hotel is situated on one of the highest points of Toledo, guaranteeing unique and breathtaking views. The hotel houses only ten rooms, each of which is decorated in a different way, combining history with a more modern touch. All of the rooms are located around a typical Toledo courtyard, so here clients will be able to admire the layout of antique houses in Toledo, and this building has all of the traditional architectural characteristics that are typical of the area. During a renovation Roman walls from the 1st century as well as Arab constructions from the 6th century were discovered, meaning that the spot is rich in history.
Finally, Toledo also offers the option of lodging in what used to be Empress Eugene de Montijo’s private palace, which is now known as the Fontecruz Hotel. This luxurious five-star establishment is emblematic of Toledo’s architecture, and is situated right in the middle of the old town. The antique tiles that line the buildings walls, floors, and spa make for beautiful views, and the wooden panels on the ceilings date back to the 14th and 16th centuries. The spa is one of the best aspects of this hotel, as here travelers will be able to relax surrounded by Roman ruins.