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About León

Famed for its spectacular historic architecture, León is a fantastic destination for heritage enthusiasts — as well as being a key point on the age-old Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. Built as a Roman settlement, the city has a richly layered past, which you’ll find reflected in the best places to stay in León. It’s also a great springboard for discovering the often-underrated Castile-León region, which is rich in natural beauty and cultural attractions.

The Barrio Húmedo, León’s old quarter, is a gem. The cathedral, which dates back to the 13th Century, is one of the finest in Europe, with over 250 stained glass windows and an unusual combination of steeples and towers. Admire the Convento de San Marcos, built to offer shelter to pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela and now home to the Archaeological Museum of León, as well as the dazzling Palacio de Los Guzmanes and the imposing Collegiate Church of San Isidoro. Gaudí’s Casa de Botines, one of his very few commissions beyond Barcelona, is not to be missed.

Immerse yourself still further in León’s history by booking a room at the Real Colegiata de San Isidoro. One of the best places to stay in León, it’s nothing short of magical — and has its own superb restaurant, as well as being close to various buzzy bars and eateries.

The Best Places to Stay in León

For Simple Charm

  • Hostal Albany Ancha offers attractive and affordable rooms with exposed brick walls and crisp white linens in León's old town. The best rooms have views over the cathedral. Kick back on the sun terrace or enjoy regional cuisine in the restaurant. A lovely base.
  • Hotel Alda Vía León is a charming little B&B with polished wooden floors, exposed beams and warm hues. Rooms have cast iron beds and a cosy traditional feel. Breakfasts are served in the dining room, and the wonders of the city are right on your doorstep.

For Heritage Luxury

  • Real Colegiata de San Isidoro was consecrated in 1063 and remains one of the finest Romanesque buildings in the city. Now a heritage hotel, it offers comfortable rooms and suites decorated in elegant cream tones. The big draw is the setting, complete with a historic library, frescoed Royal Pantheon and the intriguing San Isidoro Museum. The restaurant's daily-changing menu showcases top local produce. A real treat.
  • Parador de León is a beautiful five-star hotel housed in a converted convent. The grand 16th-century building's past is reflected in its impressive interiors, with rooms featuring antiques and four-poster beds. Sip northern Spanish wines at the glamorous bar before feasting at the fantastic restaurant. Superb.


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  • Those travelling from within the region can fly into Valladolid Airport or to Asturias Airport. Otherwise, travel to the larger hubs of Madrid Barajas Airport or Santander-Seve Ballesteros Airport and on to León by train, bus or taxi from there. Many hotels will be happy to arrange an airport pick up in advance.
  • Although you won't need a car within León itself, Castile-León is wonderful for a road trip! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Expect warm and sunny climate throughout much of the year, with temperatures averaging at around 28°C - 35°C between April and September. Do be aware that the summer is peak holiday season, but slightly cooler spring and autumn temperatures may be more appealing for exploring. You'll also find fewer crowds outside the school holiays in April, May or late September.



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Best Hotels in León

  • Hostal Albany Ancha 24003 León 4 rooms from £71

    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.
    Air conditioningRestaurantViewsParkingNo pets

    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. See More

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  • Hotel Real Colegiata de San Isidoro León (5 LEÓN) 46 rooms from £78

    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.
    RestaurantDisabled accessParkingNo pets

    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. See More

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  • Hotel Via Leon León 17 rooms from £69

    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.
    Air conditioningDisabled accessNo pets

    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. See More

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  • Parador de Leon León 200 rooms from £101

    Local exploring  -  An historic building in itself, the hotel is set in the heart of the city.
    Great walks  -  Stroll through the San Martín Square and Las Palomas Square in the old quarter.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the city's striking Gothic cathedral.
    Full of character

    A grand 16th-century building, in the heart of the historic city, now turned five star hotel. Boasting vast proportions throughout, oozing character and filled with antiques. The best rooms have heavy wooden four posters.The elegant restaurant serves regional dishes and there's a glamorous bar too. See More

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