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About León

León’s beautiful, historic architecture is really this city’s star. León’s old quarter, the Barrio Húmedo is particularly picturesque, with arguable one of Spain’s most impressive cathedrals - with simply divine stained glass. And, as an important post on the Camino de Santiago, León’s other churches grew to be quite impressive as well.

In the evening León shows its lively side. This is a university town and there are plenty of young people keeping the energy levels youthful. Some of the best places to stay in León manage to capture both its history and energy, and there are some wonderfully converted historic buildings. But if you’re looking for something peaceful, or many a base for exploring the whole Castile-León region, then it’s worth considering our Guru’s recommendations for the best places to stay in León and surrounds.

It isn’t just León’s religious builds which are worth visiting, its Panteón Real, is an amazing vaulted hall of royal sarcophagi, at rest under some of Spain’s finest frescoes. León also has a well ordered museum and an extremely impressive contemporary art gallery. There are also graceful palaces and plazas, and the remains of the city’s original defensive walls. And there’s even a building by Gaudi, the Case Botines, one of his few commissions outside of Barcelona.

León’s also a great place for a foodie stop-off. The local delicacies include morcilla, which is like blood sausage, cecina, which is cured beef and brillo, which is stuffed pork intestine.

The Best Places to Stay in León and Surrounds

  • Las Donas del Portazgo in El Bierzo, close to León, is a chic little hotel with 17 rooms. The outside fits the medieval setting, but inside it’s contemporary with white painted brickwork, quirky wallpaper and exposed beams. They serve excellent regional cuisine and there’s a nice library with a fireplace. Rooms start from around £50 per night.
  • La Carteria is close to the Lake Sanabria National Park, but still well located for visiting all the medieval towns in Castile-León. There are just eight rooms in this hotel, decorated with a contemporary feel, despite the traditional setting. There’s also a gym, Turkish bath and sauna.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay in León for you?

Best Hotels in León

  • Hotel Real Colegiata de San Isidoro 46 rooms from £61

    León (5 LEÓN)

    A grand hotel set in an historic building in the heart of León. Wide open corridors run round the expansive courtyard with equally well proportioned rooms leading off it. The building's original charm is well accented against simple contemporary styles. The perfect choice for culture enthusiasts.

    Local exploring  -  Boasting the most central of locations with many of the main attractions within walking distance.
    Sights nearby  -  Admire the intricate frescoes in the Royal Pantheon.
    Full of character
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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  • Hostal Albany Ancha 4 rooms from £71

    24003 León

    In the heart of Leon’s old town, this stylish guest house is the perfect romantic escape. Distinctly designed, en suite rooms, all with modern furnishings, soft lighting, stone walls, and unique city views. Guests are invited to relax on the sun terrace and enjoy local cuisine from the restaurant.

    Romantic Break  -  This is the ideal place for a couple's getaway, with soft coloured lighting and picturesque city views
    Local exploring  -  Located in the heart of Leon, this guest house is the perfect spot to discover the city from
    Value chic  -  With stylish rooms starting at £71 per night, this is an exceptional value offer
    Sights nearby  -  Walking distance from many of Leon's most famous attractions; Palacio del Conde Luna, Leon Cathedral, Casa Botines etc.
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  • Hotel Via Leon 17 rooms from £69

    León

    A small hotel in the heart of historic León. Charming rooms are individually styled and traditionally dressed with polished wooden floors, exposed beams and cast iron beds. A cosy base to explore the city from.

    Local exploring  -  Well located in León's central district with many of its main attractions within walking distance.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Leon’s striking Gothic cathedral.
    Traditional
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