Salamanca is a true gem of a city, located about a 2 hour drive northwest of Madrid.
It is well known for its beauty, culture and the ambiance that is rooted in its world-renowned university. The University of Salamanca was founded in 1218, is the oldest university in Spain and the third oldest university in Europe. The city has a vibrancy and pulse that is quite unique, and stems from the buzz created by the students that come from all parts of Spain, and around the world, to study at this esteemed institution.
One of the city’s main sites is the Convento de San Esteban (Convent of St. Stephen), a 16th C. Dominican convent. Part of the convent was restored and operates today as the 5-star Hospes Palacio de San Esteban. The hotel occupies a few wings of the convent, and one of the wings overlooks one of the courtyards that is still used today by the Dominican monks who reside in the convent.
The interior of the hotel is peaceful and the decorations are simple but elegant, in keeping with the serene ambiance of the convent. The rooms are tastefully decorated in warm color tones, and feature wood-beamed ceilings, wooden-framed French doors, and colorfully tiled bathrooms. The hotel offers Standard rooms, Superior rooms, two spacious Junior Suites that have a separate bedroom, and one large Suite that has a living room, separate bedroom, and windows on 3 sides with views of the Cathedral.
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