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About Castile-La Mancha

An often-underrated holiday destination, Castile-La Mancha is a land of historic towns and cities set amongst fertile plains and high plateaux studded with windmills. Immortalised in Cervantes’ Don Quixote, it’s a beautiful region and easily accessible from Madrid for long weekends or as part of a road trip through central Spain. Accommodation options are tremendously wide-ranging, with everything from old town guesthouses to magical restored convents and country house hotels catering to an array of tastes and budgets. Most of the best places to stay in Castile-La Mancha are characterful and historic, reflecting the region’s ample charm.

Ciudad Real, the regional capital, promises towers, Gothic churches, a 16th-century cathedral and the Don Quixote Museum, all surrounded by four kilometres of protective walls. The area’s bucolic plains are home to vineyards and family-owned farms producing game and cheeses. Enjoy tours and tastings at the wineries themselves, or at cellar doors on and around the city’s lively Plaza Major.

Fortified Toledo, once Spain’s capital, is undoubtedly Castile-La Mancha’s most famous destination. Brimming with religious and cultural landmarks, it’s a favourite amongst those looking to delve into the area’s rich and turbulent history. Evenings in Toledo are particularly special, when the day-trippers have left and the light is dazzling. Those interested in history of architecture should also venture across to Cuenca, with its striking old town and astonishing hanging houses built onto the surrounding cliffs.

Head into the countryside for hiking, mountain biking and horse riding, or to experience the wonders of the region’s spectacular national parks. Some of the best places to stay in Castile-La Mancha are tranquil rural escapes, perfect for outdoorsy adventurers.

The Best Places to Stay in Castile-La Mancha

FOR Old Town Charm

  • La Casa del Rector in Almagro has three categories of rooms, ranging from ultra-modern to very traditional. Contemporary rooms feel swish and stylish; the best have whirlpool tubs for long soaks after days of exploring. A converted 17th-century townhouse, the hotel also has an acclaimed restaurant, plunge pool and spa.
  • Casa de Cisneros in Toledo dates back more than 500 years, and its cosy, antique-filled rooms ooze character. Very affordable, with a great little restaurant specialising in regional dishes, it's the perfect choice for those looking to step back in time and immerse themselves in the charm of medieval Toledo.
  • Palacio de la Serna has been transformed from an 18th-century private residence to a 30-bedroom boutique hotel with a focus on contemporary art. Generously proportioned rooms feature modern art pieces and bold hues offering a striking contrast to the original exposed stonework and impresssively high ceilings. Feast in the elegant dining room or unwind in the gardens.
  • Antidoto Rooms has ten simple yet stylish, white-on-white guestooms in the heart of Toledo's old town. Enjoy big breakfasts before heading out to explore, and return to your private terrace to soak up the sunshine in the evenings.
  • Posada de San José is an enchanting old monastery on the edge of Cuenca's old town. Exposed beams and uneven floors add to the sense of timeless charm. Expect beautiful views across the Huecar Gorge, a lively tapas restaurant and very reasonable pricing. Ideal for on-foot wanderers.

For Families or Groups

  • Hotel Boutique Pinar, just outside Cuenca, offers a selection of chic bungalows — some with space for families — in a secluded natural setting. Elegant spaces are arranged around a refreshing saltwater pool, and there's plenty of scope for horse riding, cycling, canoeing and walking in the surrounding countryside. A family favourite.
  • La Casita de Cabrejas has romantic rooms and spacious suites — some sleeping 4-5 people — on a working farm. Interiors are rustic and airy, with pastel colours and four-poster beds. Unwind in the swimming pool after big days of adventure — the owners have their own activity company, so energetic travellers of all ages are in the right place!
  • Hotel Salinas de Imón dates back to 1750, having been owned by Carlos III and later used as a barracks during the Spanish Civil War. Family rooms offer space for little ones, and there's a pool for cooling dips after hikes in the surrounding Sierra Norte de Guadalajara Nature Reserve. A well-priced mountain escape for families or groups.

For Romantic Luxury

  • Parador de Alarcon is a stunning hotel, set inside a castle with a 1300-year history. Expect four-poster beds, exposed stone walls, antique furnishings and sumptuous textiles. Gourmet cuisine and fabulous views complete the picture at this romantic luxury retreat.
  • Valdepalacios promises a five-star experience in the verdant fields which lie between Madrid and Toledo. A spectacular country house with 29 classic rooms and suites, the hotel boasts a soothing spa as well as an acclaimed gastronomic restaurant, headed by Chef David Muñoz. Warm and romantic.
  • Parador de Toledo sits high on the Cerro del Emperador, overlooking the walled city of Toledo. A charming country house with wooden beams and antique pieces, it's a relaxed yet luxurious retreat with generous rooms, a swimming pool and an excellent regional restaurant. The views are spectacular.
  • Molino de Alcuneza offers 17 gorgeous rooms and suites in a converted flour mill just outside the medieval town of Sigüenza. Foodies will adore savouring Chef Samuel Moreno's tasting menus at the Michelin-starred restaurant after laid-back afternoons by the pool or at the spa. A gem.
  • Parador de Almagro, once a 16th-century convent, now offers marvellous rooms and suites with original beams, exposed brickwork and tiles, connected by a series of courtyards. A beautiful wedding venue or romantic retreat in Almagro, it also has a fabulous restaurant.

FOR AN APARTMENT OR HOLIDAY VILLA

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

  • Fly into Madrid Barajas Airport and travel into Castile-La Mancha by train, bus or taxi from there. Many hotels will be happy to arrange an airport pick up in advance.
  • Castile-La Mancha is wonderful for a road trip! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Expect warm and sunny summers, with temperatures averaging at around 28°C - 35°C between June and August. Do be aware that this is peak holiday season, but cooler spring and autumn temperatures may be more appealing for exploring. You'll also find fewer crowds in April, May or late September.

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Best Hotels in Castile-La Mancha

  • Casa de Cisneros Toledo 10 rooms from £40

    Groups  -  Triple rooms are ideal for groups of friends.
    Sights nearby  -  Lion's Gate entrance to Cathedral is on the doorstep
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Full of character
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    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    A traditional Spanish ‘hostal’ close to the cathedral. Atmospheric rooms with exposed brick, wooden beams, heavy shutters and antique style furniture. An exceptional location for exploring this UNESCO listed town. Perfect for those on a budget and groups of friends. See More

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  • La Casita de Cabrejas Cuenca (Jábaga) 13 rooms from £52

    Active Holiday  -  The hotel has its own adventure company, so countryside activities are a highlight of your stay.
    Country Escape
    Luxury
    Sights nearby  -  Cuenca Cathedral.
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    A lovely private farm cum guesthouse surrounded by vineyards, gardens, and the historical sights of the Cuenca region. Romantic rustic bedrooms in pastel colours have wooden beams and attractive furnishings. Excellent regional cuisine, pool, and an adventure company to get you involved. See More

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  • La Casa del Rector Almagro 29 rooms from £61

    Local exploring  -  The open air theatre of Almagro is a must see: different festivals hosted in the theatre each month
    Romantic Break  -  Intimate rooms with hot tub baths, doors onto the courtyard garden, spa and Spanish cuisine
    Sights nearby  -  Campo de Criptana, El Visa del Marques, Villamayor de Calatrava
    Great walks  -  To the windmills of Campo de Criptana nearby
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    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    A charming hotel in an ancient Spanish town just outside Ciudad Real. Large rooms are traditional or contemporary in design, but all feature modern bathrooms. Spa, indoor plunge pool, and wonderful regional dishes. A chic and romantic choice for exploring this historic town. See More

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  • Antidoto Rooms Toledo (Calle Recoletos, 2) 10 rooms from £64

    Local exploring  -  Located in the heart of the historical centre, a few minutes walk from the Alcazar, this place is ideal for exploring the city.
    City Style  -  In a painstakingly renovated building, the design element has been well thought out, keeping in mind the comfort levels.
    Value chic  -  Great value for money- chic modern rooms in a beautifully restored property featuring 8th-century walls.
    Local markets  -  Many restaurants, cafes and bars are located in Zocodover Square. The Arabic Market cannot be missed.
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    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

    Ten stylishly decorated rooms, in a 16th century structure in the heart of Toledo's historic centre. Chic and charming, rooms blend history with modern day functionality and lovely views of the city from private terraces. Free wifi, a coffee maker and breakfast is included. See More

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  • Hotel Salinas de Imón Sigüenza, Guadalajara, Castile-La Mancha 12 rooms from £76

    Sights nearby  -  The historic towns of Sigüenza and Atienza are both within a 15-minute drive
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Full of character
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenParkingNo pets

    Dating back to 1750, this charming house is steeped in Castilian history. Each of the 12 uniquely designed en suite rooms are filled with antique furniture. Found in the heart of the Guadalajara mountains, with a spa, pool, sun terrace, and traditional restaurant, it is the ideal relaxation spot. See More

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  • Posada de San Jose Cuenca (Castile-La Mancha) 22 rooms from £76

    Local exploring  -  Cuenca is a UNSECO site, and walking around the gorge is a must. Fishing, climbing and mueseums on offer
    Sights nearby  -  Mountains of the Serrania and visit Ventano del Diablo, Ciudad Encantada, Callejones de Majadas, Nacimiento del Rio Cuervo
    Restaurant  -  Lunch can be served in the dining room if required.
    Views  -  Huecar River Gorge
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    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    An enchanting former monastery. Characterful rooms have uneven floors, exposed beams, white washed walls and modern furnishings. Outstanding views across the Huecar Gorge. A terrace, excellent regional Tapas cuisine, and walking tours nearby. A perfect spot to explore UNSECO listed Cuenca. See More

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  • Parador de Toledo Toledo 79 rooms from £100

    Views  -  One of the best views of Toledo
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor
    Outstanding location
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
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    The Parador de Toledo must have one of the best views of the city, plus comfy and spacious bedrooms, good restaurant and a pool to cool you down after the delights of Toledo. See More

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  • Parador de Almagro Almagro, Castile-La Mancha 54 rooms from £100

    Writing a novel  -  Rooms in former monks cells, with a wonderfully peaceful atmosphere, unique style and much history nearby to see
    Local markets  -  Wrought iron from Piedrabuena, embroidery from Almagro
    Sights nearby  -  Corral de las Comedias and Plaza Mayor
    Full of character
    Air conditioningRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    Hotel in 16th century convent. Large rooms have beamed ceilings, four poster beds and traditional tile work. Outdoor pool, garden and terrace courtyard. Excellent regional cuisine and broad wine list. Tranquil, elegant and characterful. See More

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  • Palacio de la Serna Ciudad Real, Castile-La Mancha 30 rooms from £95

    Local exploring  -  Plenty of historical sights close by, as well as wine tasting tours, kayaking or reading in the flowered courtyard
    Sights nearby  -  Renaissance plaza at Villanueva de los Infantes
    Kayaking  -  In La Mancha, hotel can advise on local rental
    Full of character
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    Boutique hotel in 18th century building. Large rooms have contemporary furniture, artworks, fireplaces and modern bathrooms. Outdoor pool, garden and sunny courtyard. Excellent authentic regional menu in elegant dining room. Original, bespoke and beautiful. See More

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  • Hotel Boutique Pinar Cuenca 5 rooms from £139

    Families  -  The perfect family escape with large family suites available, an outdoor pool and plenty of room to run around.
    Active Holiday  -  The surrounding area offers a range of horse riding, cycling, hiking or canoeing.
    Sights nearby  -  Cuenca's famous hanging hosues only four miles away and well worth checking out.
    Great walks  -  Make the most of the range of beautiful walking trails in nearby Cuenca.
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    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

    Hotel Boutique Pinar consists of a number of chic bungalows, in a secluded countryside setting outside Cuenca. There is a shared outdoor seawater pool and plenty of local hiking, cycling and horse riding options. The rooms are decorated in an elegant manner and there are family suites available. See More

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  • Parador de Alarcon Cuenca 14 rooms from £146

    Romantic Break  -  Gorgeous rooms with antique four poster beds, housed in a historic castle on the river, with riding and wine tasting trips
    Fishing  -  On the Júcar River, hotel can advise on equipment rental
    Sights nearby  -  Castillo de Alarcon, Iglesia de Santo Domingo
    Great walks  -  By the nearby Alarcón Reservoir
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    Riverside hotel in a castle. Elegant rooms feature stone walls, antique furniture, regal drapes and river views. Garden and terrace. Sublime gourmet cuisine in the restaurant, and extensive wine list from the region. Unique, full of character and romantic. See More

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  • Molino de Alcuneza Sigüenza, Castile-La Mancha 17 rooms from £157

    Total relaxation  -  A relaxing retreat and spa in an old flour mill set in fragrant gardens. Unwind by the pool or pamper yourself in the spa.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the beautiful medieval town of Sigüenza, three miles from the hotel.
    Great walks  -  Make the most of the beautiful walking trails alongside the river Henares.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    SpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenPet friendlyDisabled accessParking
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux, Great Small Hotels

    A charming rural Spanish hotel set in a renovated 15th century flour mill. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere inside and out with spacious, comfortable rooms and deluxe outdoor pool. For further indulgence, have an afternoon in the hotel's spa. A delightful country getaway. See More

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  • Valdepalacios Torrico, Castile-La Mancha 29 rooms from £204

    Luxury
    Romantic Break
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Spa breaks
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    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux

    An idyllic country house nestled between emerald fields and lakes just outside Madrid. A state of the art spa, beautiful elegant living areas, romantic bedrooms, and excellent Catalan cuisine. A languid countryside spot for couples and spa breaks. See More

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