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About Toledo

A fortified city near the banks of the Tagus River, Toledo has a long history as a cultural and religious centre. Once Spain’s capital, it remains a fascinating Castile-La Mancha destination for arts and culture buffs, just over an hour southwest of Madrid. Most visitors come just for the day, but the best places to stay in Toledo are surprisingly intimate and affordable. We’d highly recommend taking a few days to fall under the spell of the city — it really is very special.

One of the most famous cathedrals in Spain, the Catedral de Toledo is a striking Gothic medieval building, and a wonderful starting point for exploring the old town. The Sinagoga del Tránsito, built in 1355 and now housing the Museo Sefardí, offers a fascinating insight into the long history of Sephardic Jews in the region. There are countless landmarks dotted around the old town, with other highlights including the Monasterio San Juan de los Reyes, the Museo de Santa Cruz — in a 16th-century hospital — and the unusual Museo del Greco. Venture to the highest point in the city to discover the imposing Alcázar, which was rebuilt under Franco and has now been transformed into an enormous military museum. Stroll the city's narrow streets to spot little museums, heritage home, galleries and cafés aplenty: this is a magical place to get lost.

Join locals in the lively Plaza de Zocodover for buzzy markets and evening tipples, delve into the subterranean remains of the city’s Roman baths, or cross the river to marvel at the walled city from afar. One of the best places to stay in Toledo sits just across the water and promises mesmerising views as well as superb regional cuisine.

The Best Places to Stay in Toledo

For the Old Town

  • Casa de Cisneros dates back more than 500 years, and its cosy, antique-filled rooms ooze character. Very affordable, and 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.
  • Antidoto Rooms has ten simple yet stylish, white-on-white guestooms in the heart of the old town. Enjoy big breakfasts before heading out to explore, and return to your private terrace to soak up the sunshine in the evenings.

For a Country House Escape

  • 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.


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  • Fly into Madrid Barajas Airport and travel just over an hour by train, bus or taxi to Toledo 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 Toledo

  • 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
    Air conditioningNo pets
    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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  • 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.
    Air conditioningRestaurantViewsParkingNo pets
    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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  • 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.
    Air conditioningRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenDisabled accessViewsParking

    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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